Excellent canoeing, kayaking and tubing opportunities may found here in Rockbridge County, named after the scenic Natural Bridge winder. We have the Allegheny Mountain watersheds to our West and the Blue Ridge Mountain watersheds to our East. The Maury River is the 2nd largest river in the county, it can provide some great water especially in the Spring and Fall. It winds its way through Goshen Pass Northwest of town 14 miles where there is some significant elevation change and more whitewater challenge for canoe and kayak folks. Summer flows can get low but you can always find a swimming hole or tubing section. The Maury makes it way through the small town of Buena Vista and then another several miles to the much larger James River in Glasgow. The James has lots more drainage area and has floatable water year round. The area below the confluence of the 2 rivers is known as Balcony Falls and requires a bit more skill to navigate as you make your way through fairly remote gorge area 5 -6 miles long.
Twin Rivers Canoe http://canoevirginia.net/ and Wilderness Canoe Companyhttp://www.wildernesscanoecampground.com/ offer trips from April throu October. Many fantastic trips are detailed on their websites. Both are within a 20 minute drive from the Lodge. Guided fishing for bass is also offered. Tubing in trips are also offered along both the very scenic Maury and James Rivers.
Lake Robertson is a state of Virginia managed lake that offers boat rentals 14 miles from Lexington. The Lake has given up a few large mouth bass over 10 pounds. There is a swimming pool there as well with lots places to picnic.
Goshen Pass is a great place to go take an old fashion swim in the warmer months. Take a picnic lunch the streamside tables or enjoy the Just Kay's Cafe 2 miles before you enter the Pass from the East. Cave Mountain Lake in the Jefferson National Forest southwest of Lexington also offers swimming and hiking, the small lake has a beach and usually does not have pressure as other swimming spots.
Enjoy a Day on The Water, Guided or Unguided