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Visiting Lexington and the Rockbridge Area, 2017


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and dogwoods. This is the Goshen Pass,

where the Maury River cuts through a

range of the Allegheny Mountains.

Aside from its natural beauty,

the pass offers a variety of recreational

activities. Swimming and tubing in the

cool mountain water are perennial fa-

vorites in the hot summer months,

while kayaking, fishing, hiking and

picnicking are enjoyed virtually year

round. About mid-way through Goshen

Pass is a wayside park with a picnic

tables. A new shelter, showcasing the

talents of local timber framers, is a wor-

thy centerpiece for the picnic area.

The pass, with a rich history as

a natural thoroughfare through the

mountains, was used by the stagecoach

lines in the 19th century. Goshen Pass

is also known for its connection with

Matthew Fontaine Maury, the “path-

finder of the seas” and professor at

Virginia Military Institute. Maury loved

the pass and said that it was the loveli-

est spot in Virginia. At his request, fol-

lowing his death, his body was carried

through Goshen Pass by VMI cadets

when the rhododendron were in bloom

in May.

The pass is managed by the Vir-

ginia Department of Transportation and

is a game forest preserve.

7. Take a self-guided

walking tour through

downtown Lexington,

the colleges and

the city’s 19th and

early 20th century


These days, when you visit most

towns and cities, you need your vehicle

to get from place to place. Sidewalks

may exist in downtown areas, but try-

ing to get to other parts of town may

involve walking along a busy street or

highway, negotiating drainage ditches,

overgrown roadsides and crossing mul-

tilane thoroughfares.