Visiting Lexington and the Rockbridge Area, 2017
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14. Get lost, temporarily, driving the area’s
country roads through beautiful farms
15. See The Stone Marking the Birthplace
of Sam Houston
Stop at the Sam Houston Wayside five miles north of
Lexington on Rt. 11 and see the granite marker commemo-
rating the birthplace of Sam Houston, the hero of Texas.
See if you can find another marker in Lexington to another
less-well-known, but no less colorful, Texas hero.
16. See the pageantry of a full-dress parade
Parades are scheduled for most Friday afternoons
during the spring and fall on the VMI Parade Ground. Most
parades begin abut 4:30 p.m. See the Calendar of Events
on page 27 or go to VMI’s website for dates and times of
parades and other events at the Institute.http://www2. vmi.edu/eventcalendar/
17. Experience the natural beauty of the
mountains and valleys by taking a drive
on the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the crest of the
Blue Ridge Mountains for 470 miles in Virginia and North
Carolina, and is only a 15-minute drive from Lexington. It is
accessible to the Rockbridge area from both Route 56 east
from Steeles Tavern and Route 60 east from Buena Vista.
The Parkway can also be reached by taking Route 501 east
from Buena Vista over the mountain at the James River
gorge to the parkway at Otter Creek.
Besides beautiful views of the southern Appalachian
Mountains and valleys, the Parkway provides a look at the
natural and cultural history of the region. You can spend a
few hours or several days traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway.
If you enjoy natural beauty and scenic views, spend some
time exploring the Parkway, particularly in the late spring
when the rhododendron and mountain laurel are in bloom,
and during the often spectacular fall leaf season.
For more information, go towww.blueridgeparkway.
18. Take a ride on an African elephant at
the Natural Bridge Zoo
Bridge Zoo offers
to see and learn
number of threat-
ened and endan-
gered species. The
in breeding and
may be declin-
ing due to loss of
habitat or other reasons. Besides the zoo, there is a pet-
ting and feeding area where you and your children can feed
and touch tame baby llamas, miniature donkeys, deer and
pygmy goats. The zoo is twelve miles south of Lexington on
Route 11. For more information, go towww.naturalbridge zoo.com.