Outdoor activities and adventures are always in season in Page County and the Shenandoah Valley. The ultimate vacation experience begins on Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway and one of America’s favorite mountain drives, that winds its way 105 miles through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Shenandoah National Park’s cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas and 104 miles of hiking trails are easily accessed via Skyline Drive. One of the Drive’s most famous features, and a ‘must do,” is a ride through Mary’s Rock Tunnel. Constructed in 1932, by blasting through the mountain, it is considered an engineering marvel. The tunnel, standing nearly 13 feet high and extending 610 feet long, provides a little adventure when travelling the scenic byway.
With a total of 1.8 million acres to explore, George Washington & Jefferson National Forests make up one of the largest plots of public land in the eastern United States. Most of the forest lies within Virginia but parts extend into West Virginia and Kentucky. Within its boundaries are 23 wilderness areas and 1,925 miles of hiking trails, with overlook views of pastoral scenes that are a mix of forest and farmland. Hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, and wildlife and bird watching are the Forests’ most popular outdoor recreational activities. Visitors looking to update their hiking gear, can check out the apparel, footwear, backpacks and outdoor equipment at Appalachian Trail Outfitters, before heading out for a day on the trails.
Folks looking to take in trails on horseback, can visit Fort Valley Ranch, Jordon Hollow Stables and River’s Bend Ranch. All offer miles of scenic, well maintained trails for wonderful horseback riding experiences. ATV, jets ski and boat rentals for fishing are offered at Appalachian Adventures, as well target shooting, and canoe trips for groups of 20 or more guests.
Nothing says spring and summer like time on the Shenandoah River. River outfitters, Downriver Canoe Company, Shenandoah River Adventures and Shenandoah River Outfitters will supply all the gear for your, kayaking, canoeing and tubing adventure. Pack a picnic and make a day of it and let the winding river take you on a scenic tour of the Shenandoah Valley. Fishing enthusiasts can cast a line for smallmouth bass, rock bass, sunfish, and channel catfish.
Golfers are sure to enjoy a challenging round of golf, while surrounded by spectacular mountain views. Caverns Country Club Resort, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, high above the banks of the Shenandoah River, offers a great mountain course for all skill levels. Massanutten Resort features two challenging golf courses. The Mountain Greens course, with its tight angles and steeply terraced tees and fairways, is a true test for experienced golfers; while the Woodstone Meadows course at the base of the mountain, with its open fairways, offers skill challenges for both novice, as well as experienced golfers
After a day of outdoor activities, visitors will be ready for some rest and relaxation. It’s the perfect time to stop by one of our local vineyards, distilleries or brewery and sip a refreshing beverage outdoors, while enjoying the breathtaking scenery and recounting the highlights of the day. Folks can pick up local, deliciously fresh produce and other locally grown and locally made food items at Hawksbill Trading Company, Massanutten Country Corner, and Willow Grove Market.
As the sun sets on an adventurous day, over 400 cabins, with all the comforts of home, await in Luray-Page County, the “Cabin Capital of Virginia.” Choose from cozy, rustic log cabins or spacious country homes, all with a choice of mountain or pasture views, river frontage or a site deep in the woods. Lovely Bed & Breakfasts, some of which are historic, are a wonderful choice for visitors looking to be spoiled and pampered, with homemade breakfast options and personalized services. Those preferring to spend a night or two in in a hotel, motel or inn have plenty of wonderful options to choose from, within close proximity to local attractions. Nature lovers will find a broad spectrum of amenities at our local campgrounds. Whatever the lodging preference, couples and families are sure to find accommodations that will enhance their stay in Luray-Page County and contribute to lasting memories.
Warmer weather rolling into the Shenandoah Valley, has everyone itching to head outdoors, breathe in fresh air, get active and enjoy adventures. Spring and summer in Luray-Page County is an invitation to go outside and play!
As of this writing, this is the most recent information we have been provided. Due to the current situation in Virginia and the United State, regarding Covid-19 guidelines, please visit our website at https://www.visitluraypage.com/ for links to local businesses for the most updated list of services, operating hours and contact information.