The Maury River is a 42.8-mile-long (68.9 km) tributary of the James River in west-central Virginia in the United States. Via the James River, it is part of the watershed of Chesapeake Bay.
The Maury flows for its entire length in Rockbridge County. It is formed near Goshen by the confluence of the Calfpasture and Little Calfpasture rivers, and flows south past Lexington and Buena Vista; between the cities it collects the South River and is paralleled by a 7-mile (11 km) rail trail. The Maury flows into the James River at Glasgow. The Maury River is named in honor of Commodore Matthew Fontaine Maury, and it travels past Lexington's Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute, where Commodore Maury worked in his last years. There is a memorial tablet in stone to the commodore at Goshen Pass.
The United States Board on Geographic Names settled on "Maury River" as the stream's name in 1968. According to the Geographic Names Information System, the stream (or sections thereof) has also been known historically as the "North River" and "Calfpasture River".
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... between George Washington National Forest and Monongahela National Forest and between the James River and Monongahela River watersheds ... O'Rourke Draft, then descends to the Jackson River ... The state highway follows the Cowpasture River to Millboro Springs, where the highway begins to run concurrently with SR 42 (Cow Pasture River Road) ...
... or gorge, in the Little North Mountain, formed by the passage of the Maury River, approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Lexington in Rockbridge County, Virginia ... State Route 39 traverses the pass along the banks of the Maury River ... Goshen Pass is the site of the Matthew Fontaine Maury memorial overlooking the Maury river ...
... scenic mixed hardwood forests and open pastures along the river ... Notable parks along the river include Goshen Pass, Jordan’s Point in Lexington, Ben Salem Wayside between Buena Vista and Lexington on US 60, and Glenn Maury Park in Buena Vista ... The river is enjoyed by residents and visitors through swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and floating downstream in inner tubes ...
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