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While COVID has curtailed many activities this year, mother nature continues her show and, in the Lexington, and Rockbridge County area, there’s plenty to see.

Kendal at Lexington is located at the heart of one of the most picturesque and historic areas in Virginia and residents have ample opportunity to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and mild climate no matter what season it is.

With a walking trail around our campus, all one needs to do is step out their door and get going. But there are also many other nearby attractions where you’ll find parks and green space to fit your interest.

Study after study reveals that being “in nature” whether it’s a walk in the woods or sitting quietly by a pond counteracts the digital and tech overload that our minds are flooded with every day. Numerous health benefits, such as increased physical activity, lowering blood pressure, and reducing stress are just a bonus to the mental break we get by taking some time outside.

Nearby Nature Attractions

Kendal at Lexington residents have one green area just next door at the Boxerwood Nature Center. This 15-acre nature center and woodland garden is open from dawn till dusk, 365 days a year. The Center has been a popular volunteer project for Kendal residents over the years as some residents revel in getting out and getting dirt on their hands through pruning and planting, while others help with education programs and school groups.

But volunteering isn’t necessary to enjoy a few minutes and stroll down a path or visit the garden.

The city of Lexington offers a variety of parks with paved walking paths and playground equipment which makes them popular spots if visiting grandchildren need a place to play.

If a small road trip isn’t out of the question, there are other parks just a few miles away.

Less than 30 minutes to the southeast Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista. It offers camping and a pool in the summer, and wooded trails over the 315 acres. The park hosts several musical events every year and is still offering some outdoor events while following social distancing protocols and sanitation guidelines.  

A short drive south is Natural Bridge State Park known for its iconic natural limestone arch over Cedar Creek. The area is steeped in history with ties to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but visitors find it is a peaceful and beautiful place for a picnic or a short hike.

Glen Maury and Natural Bridge are just two of the popular attractions within the county.  With the Blue Ridge Parkway close by, an afternoon drive will satisfy the need to get out of the house and tune out current events for a bit while you enjoy the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley.

Living in a location such as Lexington, in an active community like Kendal at Lexington seems to be a bit unfair. Then again, don’t be unfair to yourself and miss an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of our natural green spaces and nearby parks for a much-needed mental and physical pick me up.