Things to do in and near Rockbridge

Places to spend a few hours (please let us know about dead hyperlinks!):

Boxer Woods nature center and woodland garden (music on Friday evenings).  Trails.  https://boxerwood.org/

Natural Bridge State Park https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-bridge

Natural Bridge Caverns https://naturalbridgecaverns.com/

Natural Bridge Zoo http://naturalbridgezoo.com/

Dinosaur Kingdom II https://www.dinosaurkingdomii.com/

Virginia Safari Park near Natural Bridge (29 Safari Ln, Natural Bridge, VA 24578, open 9-5) https://www.virginiasafaripark.com/

Gems of Rockbridge Geocaching Trail https://www.virginia.org/listing/gems-of-rockbridge-geocaching-trail/7628/

Glen Maury Park https://www.buenavistava.org/residents/recreation/glen-maury-park/

Hull’s Drive-In theatre https://www.hullsdrivein.com/

Lexington Carriage Company http://www.lexcarriage.com/

Righteous and Rascals Walking Tour, Lex. https://lexingtonvirginia.com/directory/attractions/righteous-and-rascals-of-rockbridge

Ghost Tour, Lexington https://lexingtonvirginia.com/directory/attractions/haunting-tales-lexington-ghost-tour

Coursey Springs State Fish Hatchery, Millboro. Tours 8am-3pm https://dwr.virginia.gov/vbwt/sites/coursey-springs-state-fish-hatchery/

Middlebrook Mercantile (food, music, general store) on in Middlebrook on 252 https://middlebrookmercantile.com/

Massanutten “Lazy River” indoor water park.: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/virginia/massanutten-resort-lazy-river-va/

Raptor Hill Falconry 1810 Panorama View Dr, Stanley, VA https://www.raptorhill.com/

Factory Antique Mall & other antique shops: Verona, VA https://factoryantiquemall.com/

Duke’s antiques 30 Pinnacle Lane https://dukedukeantiques.com/

Walton’s Mountain museum near Schuyler, VA  http://walton-mountain.org/

Barter Theater, Abingdon, VA https://bartertheatre.com/

Green Bank Observatory (radio telescopes) in WV https://greenbankobservatory.org/

Natural Chimneys Park in Augusta Co: https://dwr.virginia.gov/vbwt/sites/natural-chimneys-regional-park/

Cass scenic railroad in WV (steam engines): https://mountainrailwv.com/tour/cassscenicrailroad/

Scenic train ride, Staunton: https://www.virginiascenicrailway.com/

Virginia Horse Center shows: horse and dog events, concerts, etc.  https://vahorsecenter.org/

Humpback Bridge Wayside Park in Covington, VA (west of Lexington) https://www.virginia.org/listing/humpback-bridge/4901/

Falling Springs, on Hwy 220, 7.5 miles north of Covington — best in spring when flow is higher, but good anytime https://southeastwaterfalls.com/trail/falling-springs-falls/

Biplane rides, Wright Experience and Flying Circus: Warrenton/Fauquier airport: Brown Aviation

Historical interest:

Historic places in Rockbridge county: http://tinyurl.com/ya8fczh7

Brownsburg historical museum Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 1-4pm https://brownsburgva.com/brownsburg-museum/

Cyrus McCormick Farm and Workshop, Steele’s Tavern: https://tinyurl.com/y3u7zgc3

VMI museum (has a great weapons exhibit) https://www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/vmi-museum/

Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton (near Western State Hospital) https://www.frontiermuseum.org/

Rockbridge Alum Springs Historic District, on Spring House Road off 633 http://exhibits.hsl.virginia.edu/springs/rockbridge/

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home https://www.monticello.org/

Bedford Museum near Roanoke (historical, emphasis on genealogical and war history, particularly WW II) http://bedfordvamuseum.org/

New Market battlefield https://www.battlefields.org/visit/battlefields/new-market-battlefield

Michie Tavern (1784 pub), 10 minutes from Monticello at 683 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902 https://www.michietavern.com/

Greenbrier Resort, White Sulfur Sprs. WV (includes Cold War nuclear bunker) https://wvtourism.com/company/greenbrier/

Crafts/arts/artisan:

Farmers markets: 

Lexington Weds 8-12:30 at McCrum’s parking lot (Nov. thru April indoors at Lex. Presbyterian Church) 

Virginia Horse Center Fridays 9-noon

Staunton (downtown parking lot near train station) Saturday 7-noon

Mill Creek Produce in Goshen, Hwy 39 Alt, Weds (and Saturday?) 6-12

Rockbridge Baths 9-11 June thru August, at the Volunteer Fire Department

Kerr’s Creek, 2766 West Midland Trail (just west of Rt. 60 recycling center), 9-12

Season’s Yield Farm in Raphine.  Weekly bread, Monthly art and craft vendors in warm weather months https://seasonsyieldfarm.com/

Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Washington and Lee University https://www.wlu.edu/arts/museums/visit/

Cabin Spring, working fiber farm: www.cabinspringfarm.com

Ridge Valley Alpacas https://www.ridgevalleyalpacas.com/

Tantivy Farm (lavender and waterfall trail) https://tantivyfarm.com/

Blueberry Hill on Still House Rd, blueberry picking in season (on FB) http://tinyurl.com/yc6e9b4a

Virginia Gold Orchard: http://www.virginiagoldorchard.com/ Open for berry picking in July, open for Asian pear picking in early August

Jump Mountain Winery https://jumpwines.com/

Lexington Valley Vineyard https://www.lexingtonvalleyvineyard.com/

Rockbridge Vineyard & Brewery, Raphine: https://rockbridgevineyard.com/

12 Ridges Winery (on Blue Ridge Parkway just north of Hwy) https://12ridges.com/

Taylor and Boody Organ Builders in Hebron, Rte 703 https://taylorandboody.com/

Lewisburg, WV: fine art galleries https://visitlewisburgwv.com/category/artfine-craft-galleries/

Tamarack Marketplace in Beckley, WV https://www.tamarackwv.com/

Maple festival, every March in Highland County https://www.highlandcounty.org/maple-festival/

Museum of American Jewelry Design and Manufacturing. Museum open Thursdays https://hugokohl.com/pages/museum

Beliveau Winery (and lavender farm) 5415 Gallion Ridge Road, Blacksburg, VA, 24060 https://www.beliveauestate.com/

Appalachian Arts & crafts school Mt. Pisgah NC https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/folk-art-center.htm

John C. Campbell Folk Arts School, Brasstown, NC https://www.folkschool.org/

Sights:

Poor House Road Haunted Tunnel http://tinyurl.com/3vwvy5kp

Wade’s Mill near Raphine: https://www.wadesmill.com/

Crozet train tunnel (Waynesboro on west, Afton on east end) https://blueridgetunnel.org/

Covered bridges: http://www.virginiadot.org/info/faq-covbridge.asp

Covered bridge at Meems Bottom, west of US 11, north of Harrisonburg https://www.virginia.org/listing/historic-meems-bottom-covered-bridge/7159/

Cranberry bog in WV https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/recarea/?recid=9913

Area mills: https://millpictures.com/state.php?state=Virginia&type=mills

Osceola Mill, Vesuvius: https://millpictures.com/mills.php?millid=790&mill=Osceola%20Mill

McClung Mill (not open to public) on Hays Creek Road

Hiking and outdoors:

https://lexingtonvirginia.com/outdoors/activities/hike

AllTrail maps: http://tinyurl.com/y7nb7nqm

Shenandoah Nat’l Park trail maps: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/downloadable-guides.htm#CP_JUMP_5709037

Book: Fine Trails of Rockbridge by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller ISBN: 1976329671

Local nature spots https://lexingtonvirginia.com/directory/nature-spots

Spelunking (cave exploring): 183 wild caves; 

Commercial tourist caverns: Natural Bridge,  Dixie (Salem), Luray, Shenandoah, Skyline, Endless

Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area (near Natural Bridge) https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/recarea/?recid=73641

Smith Mountain Lake State Park (east of Roanoke) https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/smith-mountain-lake

Elk herd in Buchanan County: http://tinyurl.com/yapzzpp2

Back of the Dragon road (Rt. 16) in Tazewell county, runs between Marion and Tazewell: https://tinyurl.com/yylakz9m

Waterfall tour: https://tinyurl.com/yev9vzpd

Best swimming holes: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/virginia/va-swimming-holes/

Clinch River State Park:  St Paul, VA https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/clinch-river

Explore Park, Roanoke  playground, log cabins, brew pub, camping, mountain views https://www.roanokecountyparks.com/231/Explore-Park

New River Rail Trail: https://tinyurl.com/muzbejp9

Strasburg River Walk along the Shenandoah: https://tinyurl.com/yh4h2rhp

Music: 

Lime Kiln theatre, 607 Borden Road, Lexington http://www.limekilntheater.org/

Boxerwood evening concerts https://boxerwood.org/events/

Great Valley Farm Brewery (near Safari Park in Natural Bridge).  https://greatvalleyfarmbrewery.com/

Historic Masonic Theatre (Clifton Forge) https://historicmasonictheatre.com/

Summer Music Scene: https://lexingtonvirginia.com/articles/summer-music-scene

Garth Newel music center, Hot Springs VA: http://www.garthnewel.org/

Staunton Music Festival, 10 days, begins mid-August: http://www.stauntonmusicfestival.org  mailing list: stauntonmusicfestival@gmail.com

Heifetz Institute, Staunton.  Summer school and performances for young upcoming classical musicians https://heifetzinstitute.org/

Bonus: local area acronyms explained!

RACC Rockbridge Conservation

RACS Rockbridge Area Community Services

RAHC Rockbridge Area Health Center

RAPC Rockbridge Area Prevention Coalition

RARA Rockbridge Area Relief Association

RARO Rockbridge Area Recreation Organization

RATS Rockbridge Area Transportation System

RCHS Rockbridge County High School

RAMGA Rockbridge Area Master Gardener Association

RCSSD Rockbridge County Social Service Department

CARE Community Anti-Racism Effort

LDMS Lylburn Downing Middle School

CAN Connect And Nourish (a RATS/Carilion Rockbridge Community Hospital community dinners program)