Nestled on the western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the southwestern corner of
Rockbridge County, Virginia, Buena Vista is an area of great natural beauty. It is
bounded by the Maury River on the west, a major tributary of the James River. Partially
surrounded by the Jefferson and George Washington National Forests, the area offers
numerous outdoor activities, including canoeing, kayaking, tubing, hunting, fishing, and
hiking. The city's own Glen Maury Park is a 315-acre jewel, offering camping, golfing
and other recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Buena Vista is
located six miles east of Lexington, three miles east of Interstate 81,and four miles west
of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is easily accessed from the east or west by U.S. Route 60
and is the beginning point for U.S. Route 501 as it winds its way southward to Myrtle
Beach, South Carolina. It is the home of Southern Virginia University.
As beautiful as it is however, being located next to a river at the foot of the mountains
can have dire consequences. Over the years, Buena Vista has been hit hard by
several devastating floods and although it had long been the industrial nucleus of
Rockbridge County, many factories have closed. In spite of those setbacks, the spirit
of the people has endured. It is still an area of breathtaking beauty and amazing views.
In spite of the rough times of the past, Buena Vista has the opportunity to reinvent itself,
utilizing its assets, heritage, resources, and strengths. Today, city officials, citizens and
businesses are working together to make the most of that opportunity. Celebrate
Buena Vista recognizes the potential for economic, business and social growth within
the community. It is a volunteer grassroots organization working to achieve change, by
promoting programs and events relating to the overall image of the community,
including physical beautification, the arts, public relations, and coordination and
promotion of volunteers and volunteerism.
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