Shenandoah Caverns, Quicksburg, VA
An underground world of wonders. Shenandoah Caverns has been welcoming visitors since it opened in 1922. Discover a world of breathtaking natural wonders, geology and extraordinary crystalline formations. See the famous "Breakfast Bacon" limestone formations. Be amazed by the unique and intricate formations like Capitol Dome, Diamond Cascade and Rainbow Lake. Open year-round with temperatures maintained at 56 degrees. The only caverns that offers elevator service and walkways for your convenience. Shenandoah Caverns is for explorers of all ages. For more information, please visit www.shenandoahcaverns.com.
American Celebration on Parade, Quicksburg, VA
See spectacular parade floats, props and settings from the nation's most prestigious parades and events. Presidential Inaugurals, Rose Bowl and Macy's Thanksgiving parades and many more. It's an amazing exhibition with huge floats and wonderful animated figures. For more information, visit their website www.shenandoahcaverns.com.
Route 11 Chips, Mt. Jackson, VA
One of America's specialty chip producers. The best chips on the planet. Hand cooked kettle style potato chips prepared the old-fashioned way. With fry viewing at the factory. Please call ahead to make sure they are in production for fry-view. For more information, please visit their website at www.rt11.com.
Meem's Bottom Covered Bridge, Mt. Jackson, VA
Tourists from miles around pay a visit to one of the best-known covered bridges in Virginia. A 204 foot single-span Burr arch known as Meem's Bottom in Shenandoah County. The bridge site takes its name from the Meem family that owned the Strathmore estate west of the Shenandoah River. This long span over the North Fork of the river carried traffic for more than 80 years before being burned by vandals on Halloween in 1976. After salvaging the original timbers, the bridge was reconstructed and eventually under girded with steel beams and concrete piers. Succeeding at least two other bridges, the Meem's Bottom Bridge was built in 1894 from materials cut and quarried nearby for the massive arch supports and stone abutments, which extended 10 feet below the riverbed. Records show that one bridge was burned in 1862 as Stonewall Jackson went up the Valley ahead of the Union General John C. Fremont, prior to the battles of Harrisonburg, Cross Keys and Port Republic. Another was washed away in a flood in 1870.
Maize Quest - The Cornfield Maze Adventure, Mt. Jackson, VA
Journey through miles of paths in Corn maze. Kids play in the straw maze, mini maze, sorghum maze, rope maze and more. Ride the pedal go karts. Get lost fun for all ages. Open weekends Aug. thru. Nov. For more information visit www.cornmaze.com.
Our Soldiers Cemetery 1861 – 1865, Mt. Jackson, VA
Burial site of more than 400 Confederate soldiers representing 11 southern states. Located in the Town of Mount Jackson, Virginia along Route 11.
Virginia Civil War Museum, New Market, VA
Every year the Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield re-enacts the 1864 Battle of New Market with emphasis on the role of Virginia Military Institute Cadets and the Civil War in Virginia. Featured items in the museum are artifacts, dioramas and the Emmy winning film "Field of Lost Shoes" shown daily on the tour. For more information on tours, please visit their website at www.vmi.edu/newmarket.
Shenvalee Golf Resort, New Market, VA
Located in the historic town of New Market, VA. The Shenvalee brought golf to the Shenandoah Valley in 1927 and has grown from a modest 9-hole course into a 27-hole resort. Combining its welcoming atmosphere and soothing Southern charm with its excellent amenities, and casual restaurants, sports bar, and facilities for weddings, banquettes, and business meetings—the Shenvalee attracts golfers and travelers from throughout the Eastern states, Canada, and beyond. For more information, please visit www.shenvalee.com.
Blue Ridge Skydiving Adventures, New Market, VA
For sheer excitement and high-speed fun, no sport comes close to skydiving. On average, skydivers make about 3 million jumps annually. If you are ready to join the ranks of those who have taken the plunge, Blue Ridge Skydiving Adventures will make the first jump a safe, awesome and unforgettable experience. Visit www.skydivenewmarket.com for more information.
Cooter’s Place, Luray, VA
Cooter's In the Valley features Daisy's Diner, Dukes of Hazzard Museum with the General Lee, Cooter’s tow truck, Boss Hogg’s caddy, Cooter’s Garage Band and appearances from the man himself and much, much more. Located in Luray, Virginia, visit www.cootersplace.com for more information about Cooter’s Place and events.
Massanutten Story Book Trail, Luray, VA
Discover the geology of the Massanutten Mountain. As you walk, look for fossils and forest wildlife. Interpretive signs along the trail discuss the building of this ancient mountain. At the end of the trail enjoy the scenic overlook of Page Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains from the observation deck. Massanutten Storybook Trail is a 0.4 mile paved trail suitable for wheelchairs and strollers however the parking lot is not accessible and help might be needed to reach the trail.
White Oak Canyon
One of Shenandoah National Park's most popular destinations is White Oak Canyon and its six waterfalls, with heights from 35 to 86 feet. There are swimming holes at the bottom of each waterfall, but do not expect much privacy because they are quite popular. The Skyline Drive Trailhead for this hike is at mile post 42.6, Luray, VA 22835 Park Info. (540) 999-3500. The adventurous, physically fit hikers can take the steep 4.6 miles hike to the Upper Falls, White Oak's highest waterfall at 86 feet. Return trip is very steep. Consider your physical condition and available time before continuing past the upper falls. Add an additional 2.7 miles round trip (1100’ elevation change) to lower falls and return. Those who love to push themselves may enjoy the strenuous hike around the Cedar Run/ White Oak Circuit, which provides views of a few of the waterfalls. (Mile 45.6) – very strenuous 8.2-mile circuit hike. From Hawksbill Gap, take Cedar Run-Link-White Oak-White Oak Fire Road-Horse Trail. Be sure to bring water. White Oak Canyon can also be accessed from the Park boundary at the base of the mountains with an easy two mile hike up to the first waterfall. Visitors hiking White Oak Canyon from either the Skyline Drive Trailhead or the Lower Trailhead must have a valid Shenandoah National Park entrance permit.
Bryce Resort, Basye, VA
Nestled in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains, Bryce Resort in Bayse, VA is a 400 acre resort that is open to the public and is known throughout the mid-atlantic region as being the most family-oriented resort in Virginia. A four season resort with skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing; grass skiing, mountain boarding, tubing, climbing wall, bungee, zip line and a new mountain bike trail. For more information please visit their website at www.bryceresort.com
Lake Laura (at Bryce Resort), Basye, VA
Trying to cool off during those hot summer months? Check out Lake Laura Beach & Boating Center. For a small fee, you can spend the entire summer day lounging on the grassy beach while the kids swim and play on tranquil Lake Laura. For rent are canoes, paddleboats and paddleboards. If you are in the mood for a hike, enjoy a 3 mile nature/hiking trail with scenic views around Lake Laura. There is a sandy beach play area. No pets, alcoholic beverages and grills permitted. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY. For daily information, call (540) 856-2121 ext. 253.
Edinburg Mill and Museum, Edinburg, VA
The Edinburg Mill was built in 1848 by George Grandstaff and was in continuous operation as a grist mill until 1978. It is famous for the fact that it is one of the few mills in the Valley that was not burned by Sheridan during the Civil War. The mill is now open Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 12 pm to 5 pm. Check out the mill, visit the museum.
Peters Mill Run / Taskers Gap, Edinburg, VA
Known as the largest OHV complex in the state of Virginia, Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap is an adventure you will never forget. With the wind in your face, zip along this rugged trail system with exciting twists and turns. Peters Mill is 12 miles of moderately challenging rocky 4x4 trail loop with occasional creek crossings while Taskers Gap to the South offers some challenging ATV trail loops. The two areas offer about 40 miles of trails to explore. OHV vehicles permitted: four-wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles, motorbikes, four-wheel all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and mountain bicycles.
Rt. 11 Outfitters, Woodstock, VA
An outdoor adventure company located in Woodstock, Virginia. Guided and self-guided river trips on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. Kayak and tube rentals. Open April through November. Plan your river adventure. Visit www.route11outfitters.com for more information.
Valley Ballooning, Woodstock, VA
Enjoy a taste of adventure on a hot air balloon flight with your friends/family or just come by yourself and be part of the group! Balloons launch at sunrise and sunset from Woodstock, Virginia almost every day of the year. You can take in great views of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains and after your flight enjoy a toast with sparkling cider. Flight time ranges from 30-60 minutes. For more information visit their website www.valleyballooning.com or call (540) 333-6697 or (540) 975-0192.
Skyline Paintball & Laser Tag
363 Radio Station Road, Strasburg, Virginia, (540) 465-9537
Massanutten Indoor/Outdoor Waterpark, McGaheysville, VA
With year-round 84 degree weather, there is always a 100% chance of fun at Massanutten’s Indoor Waterpark. During the warm weather months, the Waterpark offers an outdoor oasis. Prepare to get wet. Featuring a multi-lane mat racer slide, a wave pool and activity pool. Water-Free fun includes a state-of-the-art gaming area with the latest in video and redemption technology. Also available, choose from three different dining locations. www.massanuttenwaterpark.com
Valley Jump Park, Penn Laird, VA
The Largest Kid Friendly attraction to date with over 7,000 square feet of trampolines in a 18,000 square foot building. Enjoy a snack at the snack bar, book one of our three party rooms and have a great time with your friends. Located on Route 33 east outside of Harrisonburg, 4549 Spotswood Trail, Penn Laird, VA 22846. (540) 269-3066.
Shenandoah Heritage Market, Harrisonburg, VA
Located in Harrisonburg, VA. Open Monday - Saturday. Sample some Old Fashioned Valley Goodness at the area’s largest Country Market. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of water gardens and park benches while you wander through 20+ locally owned and operated shops. Come enjoy a taste of the past. www.shenandoahmarket.net
Back Home on the Farm
Spring at the Greenhouse March 28th thru. June 15th – Greenhouse at the farm comes alive in the spring with beautiful colors and fragrances. Visit to see all the varieties of perennials, annuals, veggies and hanging baskets. Take inspiration from the fairy gardens and container gardens. Special activities and events throughout the spring season.
Summertime Fun on the Farm June 20th – Visiting the farm in the summer is a whole new adventure. 30+ activities for some great family memories. The Enchanted Garden is a magical walk-through fairy gardens, and wondrous plants. Shop the expanded country store for food and goodies and gifts. Daily releases of butterflies grown right on the farm.
Virginia Pumpkin Festival Sept. 28th thru. Oct. 31st - Along with celebrating the iconic music of the 80’s this year. Decorate pumpkins or pick pumpkins, get a free tattoo, taste “all things pumpkin” in the country store. Find the perfect photo-op for pumpkin portraits. 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg, VA (540) 442-6493 www.backhome-on the farm.com
WILD GUYde Adventures, LLC
Rock climbing, caving, canoeing, and more outdoor adventures for you within “spitting’ range” of Harrisonburg, Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. Wild Guyde provides guided beginner level outdoor adventures and competent instruction in activity fundamentals using various areas in the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests, and along Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Visit www.wildguyde.com for more information or call (540) 433-1637
Drive-In Movie Theatre, Winchester, VA
A two-screen drive-in theatre, offering first run movie features at "Family Affordable Prices". A double feature policy (offering movie patrons two-first run films per night; per screen) for one low admission price! The Family Drive-In was built by The Dalke family and opened on June 14, 1956. The only remaining drive-in theatre in the Washington Metropolitan Area. You can find them in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, just 7 miles South of Winchester, Virginia on I-81! (Exit 307-Stephens City) they are any easy ride from the Washington area via I-66 to I-81 or I-70 in Maryland to I-81 South. The theatre offers many "classic" features, including a playground for the children, car speakers, retro pre-show music....as well as "modern" features, including digital projection, movie stereo sound (via your car radio), and a full line of concessions to meet everyone's desire! Hope to see you soon......."Under the stars" 5890 Valley Pike, (US Rt. 11 South) Stephens City, Virginia 22655, (Exit 307 on I-81) Movie line: 540-665-6982
Winchester Speedway, Winchester, VA
In 1936 a local farmer asked Kermit Batt if he would like to purchase a few acres of land just east of the Winchester Airport. Mr. Batt immediately started working on what some would call an “L Shaped Track” with declining right and left-hand curves that resembled a road course. In the fall of 1936 Mr. Batt opened the Airport Speedway and was able to have a few small races, but it was not until 1937 the track opened for a full season of racing. The track first started racing jalopies (Model T's and Model A's pictured below) and motorcycles. The jalopies would reach a top speed of 45mph and had little to no safety protection. The winners would most likely get a sack of potatoes or a few quarts of oil. With no grandstands the fans would come out Sunday after church, park their cars around the unguarded track and get covered with mud. From 1941 to 1946 the Airport Speedway was closed due to World War II and gas restrictions. When the track reopened in 1947 Mr. Batt had a partner, Lawrence Lichliter. The two men made the track into the 3/8s oval that we know today, added guardrails, wooden grandstands and called it The Winchester Speedway.
Winchester Speedway historian, Harry March can remember the racers driving their racecars to and from the speedway ever Sunday afternoon if they were not damaged to bad. “Many cars would even have license plates on them. That is a true pure stock-car,” March said. He also said that green was considered a bad-luck color and unlike today women were not allowed in the pit area. March can also remember circuses, beauty pageants and other activities being held at the speedway in the later 40s and 50s. At the age of 13 March started working around the track picking up trash and other odd jobs. He was promoted to the water truck at the age of 14 and would be at the track every Saturday night getting ready for Sunday's race. From 1972 – 1982 March was also the race flagman/starter. In 1974 the 26-year-old wooden grandstands were torn down and the concrete grandstands that we set in today were built. In 1972 the flag stand was moved from the backstretch to its current location. Visit www.winchestervaspeedway.com for information.
SHENANDOAH VALLEY CAMPGROUNDS, LLC
MT. JACKSON, VA