Canoeing, kayaking, tubing, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Public access points for canoeing the river are listed in many of the guide books, but don't enter the Maury without adequate skill, preparation and knowledge of current conditions of the stretch of river you plan to run. Sections of the Maury are suitable for canoeists or kayakers experienced in whitewater (class I-IV), while other sections are floatable in an inner tube. Check the water levels and what they mean for the safety and enjoyment of your activity on the river. During high flow periods, the river can be dangerous.
The Maury River at Goshen Pass is included in the state's "put-n-take" trout program and provides excellent trout fishing. Smallmouth bass and rock bass (redeye bass) also provide some opportunity for anglers. The Maury is excellent for float fishing from Rockbridge Baths downstream to Glasgow. There's a ramp at Buena Vista under old U.S. Route 60 and a new one at Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista. Along the river are parks and historic features, including old mills and ruins described in a publication available at Virginia Canals and Navigations Society Information about the area adjacent to the River on the Chessie trail is available through Rappahannock Area Conservation Council
The Ben Salem Wayside on Rt. 60 between Lexington and Buena Vista has picnic areas on the river and good birdwatching from the shore.
Also along the river is the Chessie Nature Trail, which follows a route along an old railroad grade between Lexington and Buena Vista, passing several locks and historic sites. This seven mile trail has cliffs, pastures and woodlands which provide good wildlife watching. Other access areas are described in the Rockbridge Outdoors guide available from the Rockbridge Regional Tourism Office (540) 463-3777.