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Rockbridge County is the home of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Natural Bridge, the Virginia Horse Center, Washington & Lee University, Virginia Military Institute and many more scenic, historic sites. Sam Houston and Cyrus McCormick were born in this county. The area offers many cultural, historical, recreational and shopping experiences.
Lexington has preserved its small town feel, while adding unique boutique shopping and dining experiences. It is the location of the Virginia Military Institute where General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson taught. Both Jackson and Robert E. Lee are buried here.
Buena Vista is the home of Glen Maury Park, a 315-acre camping/recreational park owned and operated by the city. The park includes several picnic shelters, tennis courts, an outdoor roller skating rink, nature trails, ball fields, an Olympic size swimming pool, river fishing, and special events throughout the year. Buena Vista is surrounded by portions of the Jefferson and George Washington National Forest which offer numerous outdoor recreational opportunities. Canoeing on the James and Maury Rivers is also very popular.
Natural Bridge, Virginia offers beautiful views of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains. Natural Bridge is located between Lexington and Roanoke, Virginia, and is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and I-81. Once owned by Thomas Jefferson, said to have been surveyed by a young George Washington, traversed by Civil War soldiers - the Natural Bridge is a portal to history. Virginia's Natural Bridge, one of nature's unbelievable geological formations, towers an awe-inspiring 215 feet above Cedar Creek. Natural Bridge is made up of 36,000 tons of limestone. The bridge is said to be a miraculous 500 million years old. Along the pathway under the bridge you will see 1000 year old arbor vitae trees, Lace Water Falls, The Lost River, and Saltpeter Mine.
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SKYLINE DRIVE... The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.
As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.
The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.