Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Lexington, Virginia

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You will be hard-pressed to find a better getaway destination than Lexington, Virginia. With adjacent public lands like the Jefferson National Forest and Moore’s Creek State Forest, Lexington harbors opportunity for everything from hiking, camping, and fly-fishing to whitewater paddling and Blue Ridge biking.

For fly fishing and whitewater head to the Goshen Pass of the Maury River. Virginia’s oldest state managed natural area, the Goshen Pass is carved by a three mile portion of the Maury, nearly all of which runs alongside route 39 where class III and IV rapids are commonplace during periods of normal flow. This portion of the Maury also boasts the river’s best trout habitat thanks to yearly stockings during the months of October, November, December, January, and February.

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Did you know? The seven-mile Chessie Nature Trail connects Lexington to the town of Beuna Vista, Virginia.

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