Past Meetup

Chessie Trail in Lexington, VA Moderate 11.3 miles

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King's Gourmet Popcorn

Afton Overlook · Afton, VA

How to find us

Park to the far left (South) of King's Popcorn in the Afton Overlook Parking Lot. Be ready to leave by 9:00 am. Bring $5 for your driver.

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The Chessie Nature Trail is a seven-mile, year-round public access walking trail between Lexington and Buena Vista, located along the former Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad right of way.
The trail has a relatively flat grade with a gravel and dirt surface, and follows the contours of the Maury River.
There are currently no facilities on the trail, so plan a visit accordingly.
The trail is most suitable for walking and running, as several fixed gates make the trail less suitable for bicycles. The trail goes through private lands, including active cattle farms. Exercise caution and respect.
Dogs must be leashed at all times. Pack out all litter.
The trail is listed as 7 miles long, although describes it as a 11.3 mile out and back hike (Huh?). If we take two cars, we may set up a shuttle to do the entire trail one way.
I have not experienced this trail myself, and am looking forward to becoming familiar with it!

Trail listing at
Trail info, description and maps on VMI website

Dogs on leashes are allowed in Fortune' s Cove.

At the conclusion of our hike, we may stop at a local restaurant, such as Brew Ridge Taps (
If you are in carpool, confirm your plans for attending the after-hike part of the day.

>Please bring at least 1-liter of water
>Wear hiking boots/shoes
>Trekking poles are suggested but not required
>Weather conditions can change rapidly - wear and bring layers!

The drive to the Chessie Trail head is approximately 1 hr from Afton.
You may choose to arrange a carpool leaving from Charlottesville at 8:30 by posting a comment.

Hike Organizers and sponsors of GetHiking!Charlottesville are not responsible for your safety. You hike at your own risk.