Local Area Attractions
Just 5 minutes from the Natural Bridge, 10 minutes to Historic Downtown Lexington, and close to so many other attractions. Use our campground as a basecamp while you discover all the area has to offer.
The Lexington Carriage Company offers an intriguing way to tour this unique 19th century college town. Tours are narrated by professional carriage driver/tour guides throughout the entire route. 540-463-5647
Old Virginia Tours offers guided tours of Lexington and the surrounding area. 800-685-7265 (Pin#7315)
Haunting Tales - Lexington Ghost Tours - Take a guided candlelight walk through the back streets and alleyways to the venues of Lexington's long since departed residents who supposedly still occupy them. 540-464-2250
The Natural Bridge & Caverns
Less than 5 miles away is one of Virginia's most cherished natural wonders, The Natural Bridge. Rockbridge County derives its name from the formation. George Washington surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax and Thomas Jefferson purchased the "rock bridge" from King George III for twenty shillings on July 4, 1774 to ensure it was available to the public. The Natural Bridge has enormous proportions. It is described as being 90 feet long, 150 feet wide at one end and 50 feet wide at another. Your admission includes a visit to the Monacan Indian Living History Village, a Drama of Creation light show on the bridge in the evening, the wax museum, the butterfly room, and more.
The Monacan Indian Living History Village
Visitors can learn about and assist Monacan Indians with canoe building, hide tanning, mat and rope weaving, tool making, preparing meals and much more. Call the Natural Bridge for more information.
The Natural Bridge Wax Museum
Take a three dimensional trip through Shenandoah Valley history. Featuring life-size replicas in scenes that will delight, amaze and inspire. Be entertained through the use of sound, light and animation. Join George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, confederate soldiers, General Lee, Daniel Boone and 170 other life-like figures in narrated historical scenes. The tour also includes a trip through the wax museum factory to see how these figures are made.
Jefferson's Playground And Family Fun Center
Jefferson's PlaygroundLet your kids climb through Jefferson's Playground and enjoy winding slides in this custom-made play set. This new, hand-made addition to Natural Bridge was inspired by the first visitor lodge established at the Natural Bridge by its most famous owner, Thomas Jefferson. Kids can access the two-story slides through a rope ladder or rock climbing wall. A crawl-through tube connects two of the lower-level rooms.
Jefferson's Playground is a great place to stop off from a trip down I-81 to let your kids stretch their legs. Entry is included with admission. Cedar Creek Mining Company - Gem MiningProspecting along the Cedar Creek comes indoors with the new Cedar Creek Mining Company at The Natural Bridge. Discover gems, fossils, arrowheads and more as kids sift through this indoor river. This is a fun way for kids to learn about geology. Entry is included with admission, gem mining bags an additional fee.Archway ArcadeKids can test their skill to win prizes in the state-of-the-art game center. Over 30 games include skee ball, sports games, kiddie rides, driving games, air hockey, a motion ride and much more. Entry is included with admission, game cards are extra. Birthday PartiesStarting June 8, our birthday party room is available for celebrations. Affordable packages include pizza, game cards, and more. Call 540-458-3763 for rates. Minimum of 8 guests.
The Virginia Safari Park
The Safari Park is a 180 acre drive through zoo . It features over 500 free roaming animals from all over the world. You'll drive over a 3 mile road and are allowed to feed the animals from the windows of your car. The park features Bison, Giraffe, Camels, Zebra, Emu, Ostrich, Llamas, deer and many different kinds of antelope for you to visit with. Or take a wagon ride through the safari.
Voted one of the best small towns in America, with its rich historical background and an entire downtown that is listed on the State and National register of Historic Places, Lexington offers exceptional shopping including unique gift shops, book stores, clothing shops, and restaurants galore. Call the Visitor Center at (877) 453-9822 for more information.
Virginia Military Institute
Founded in 1839, this is the oldest state supported military college in the nation. During the Civil War, the Corps of Cadets was engaged as a unit in a pitched battle at New Market, Virginia. The Cadet Barracks have been designated as a National Historic Landmark. Visit the museum or the full dress parade which takes place most Friday afternoons in the fall and spring when weather permits.
The Military Memorabilia Museum
This museum offers a unique & extensive personal collection of military uniforms and artifacts primarily from Europe. Guided tours are offered. (540) 464-3041
Tour The Stonewall Jackson Home
Furnished with many of the confederate generals own possessions, as well as appropriate period pieces chosen to match items listed in Jackson 's 1863 estate inventory. Guided tours, conducted on the hour and half hour, provide information on Jackson's family and early life, and the community in which he lived. 540-463-2552.
The Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery
Began as the burial ground for the old Lexington Presbyterian Church in 1789. General Jackson, 144 Confederate veterans, and other historical heroes are buried here. The cemetary features a life-like sculpture of Stonewall Jackson where Jackson and his family are buried.
George C. Marshall Museum
Trace the career of Marshall, with particular emphasis on the eras of the two World Wars and the Marshall Plan. A 25-minute electric map presentation highlights the significant events of World War II. On display is the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to General Marshall in 1953. 540-463-7103
The Natural Bridge Speedway
Featuring a drag strip and an oval track with 7 classes and racing every Saturday evening, from April through September. Our classes are Late Model, Sportsman, Street Stock, Pure Stock, Mini Stock, Any (Run What You Brung) Car and Front Wheel Chargers. For information, rules, or schedules call 540-377-6160 or visit their website .
Clarks Ole Time Music Center
The Music Center offers live bluegrass and old-time music most Friday nights. It also features a large dance floor for flat footing and clogging. A family atmosphere that offers a place for young and old to carry on the tradition of Virginia Appalachian mountain music history. (540) 377-2490
Canoeing & Kayaking
Rockbridge County has just about every type of self-propelled boating experiences one could want, from placid floats on the James River and middle Maury River, to Virginia's most popular whitewater run on the upper Maury through Goshen Pass. Visit canoevirginia.com or www.lexingtonvirginia.com
James River Water Trail Paddlers, anglers and families can get back to nature and enjoy the sights and sounds of 45 miles of the Upper James, including 14 pristine miles designated as a Virginia Scenic River. See the mountains like you've never seen them before on the Upper James River Water Trail. www.upperjamesriverwatertrail.com
Wilderness Canoe Company, LLC 631 James River Road Natural Bridge Station, VA 24579 540-291-2295 http://www.WildernessCanoe.Biz email: info@WildernessCanoe.Biz
Twin River Outfitters 653 Lowe Street Buchanan, VA 24066 (Exit 168 I-81) 14 minutes from KOA 540-261-7334 www.canoevirginia.net
Stocked Streams: There are several nice lakes, streams and rivers to fish in the area with lovely scenery. Many of the cold, pristine headwater streams in the mountains contain the native Brook Trout, one of nature's most beautiful fish.
Private Fee Fishing Areas Ashland Trout Pond - Open Feb.-Oct., Saturday & Sunday only - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Offers young and old anglers alike a chance to catch and keep some nice Rainbow Trout for the frying pan. Fish are priced by the pound. 540-463-4598.
Buffalo Creek Catch & Release Fly Fishing Open year round. Fly fishing for trout in Buffalo Creek by day or half day. Instruction and guiding are offered. Limited rod usage in fee area insures quality experience. Call 540-463-5903 or 540-463-3235 for rates, reservations and stream reports.
Clear Water Fly Fishing Open all year, this fee area on Hayes Creek offers fly fishermen a chance to catch Brown and Rainbow Trout. Catch and release only. Please call 540-348-1565 for rates, reservations and stream reports.
Our area offers many opportunities to hunt deer, bear, wild turkey, grouse, and other small game. Public lands include the George Washington National Forest, Jefferson National Forest, and the state's Goshen-Little North Mountain Unit. Information for the National Forests Lands is available by calling 540-291-2188 or 540-962-2214. Information on the state's unit is available at 804-367-1000.
There are 65 miles of trail developed specifically for horse use. The trails run through the National Forest from Natural Bridge. There are trailheads along the way with plenty of room for parking and tacking up. Bring your own horse. Call the U.S. Forest Service Glenwood Ranger District for more information 540-291-2188.
Horseback Riding Outfitters Guided Trail Rides by Virginia Mountain Outfitters Lincoln Road, Lexington (off Rt. 631) By Appt. Only 540-261-1910
Private rides: Tish Vest 540-570-3718 By appt. only. theartofme.net/windhorsefarms
Hiking and Biking Trails
Between the Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, and 58000 acres of National Forest, Hiking and Biking trails are in abundance. Your hosts can supply you with some local trails or visit www.blueridgeparkway.org , www.appalachiantrail.org , www.fs.fed.us
Cycling Shops & Outfitters Lexington Bicycle Shop 130 South Main St., Lexington 540-463-7969 TREK, Cannondale and Diamondback bicycles, accessories, repair service
The Appomattox Court House
Marks the site of the end of the Civil War, where Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant and our nation reunited on April 9, 1865. Don't miss their huge, annual Civil War Reenactment & Living History Festival featuring 3,000 to 5,000 reenactors, displays, music, and much entertainment April 8 - 10. See our Hot Deals! Call (434) 352-5996 or visit www.nps.gov/apco/index.htm .
Discover eastern America's largest and most popular caverns filled with towering stone columns and crystal-clear pools. Also hear the haunting sounds of the world's only Stalacpipe Organ. Completely unique are the beautiful tones created by this one-of-a kind instrument, which makes music of concert quality from the surrounding stalactite formations covering more than three acres. Call (540) 743-6551 or visit www.luraycaverns.com .
- Bristol Motor Speedway Visit http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com
- Martinsville Speedway visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com
- Richmond International Speedway visit www.rir.com
Civil War Trails
Experience the Civil War dramatically by tracing the five different Civil War Trails throughout the state -- 260 sites tell stories never before told, through pictures, battle maps, and clear interpretation. Travelers can spend two days or two weeks following the campaigns fought in Virginia through 79 cities and counties. Each site is car-accessible and describes events specific to that location. Visit www.civilwartraveler.com/virginia/index.html .
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia
The home he built in 1768 atop the "Little Mountain" where he played as a boy. Monticello is the remarkable integration of Jefferson's love of classical architecture and passion for modern innovation. Today, this masterpiece is the only house in the U.S. on the United Nations' prestigious World Heritage List of international treasures. Call (804)984-9822 or visit them at www.monticello.org .
Virginia Museum of Transportation
Located in a historic freight station, the Museum is the official transportation museum celebrating Roanoke's rich rail heritage exhibiting diesel, electric and steam locomotives. The Museum houses antique automobiles, trucks, carriages, model train exhibits, African American transportation heritage exhibit, and interpretive, hands-on exhibits. Call (540) 342-5670 or visit www.vmt.org .