When it comes to natural splendor, few regions can compare to Virginia’s breathtaking Shenandoah Valley. Nicknamed “The Big Valley,” the 200-mile basin stretches across the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, offering an impressive array of natural wonders, historic sites and charming towns brimming with shopping, dining and cultural attractions.
Those fortunate enough to call Shenandoah Valley home enjoy easy access to the following:
- Shenandoah National Park. Boasting 200,000 impressive acres of protected lands, including serene woods, flowing waterfalls and over 500 miles of trails, this national park is a haven for hikers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts. Its scenic Skyline Drive, which spans the entire length of the park (105 miles!) provides postcard-worthy views of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
- Shenandoah River. This legendary river, which streams into the Potomac, is home to a variety of popular water-sports, including canoeing, kayaking, tubing and rafting. And experienced anglers know that in addition to hosting sunfish, channel catfish and many other popular species, it’s among the top rivers for smallmouth bass in the eastern U.S.
- Luray Caverns. It should come as no surprise that “the largest and most popular caverns in Eastern America” have been designated a Registered Natural Landmark. In addition to taking in the impressive stone formations, visitors receive free admission to three additional attractions with every ticket purchase: The Car & Carriage Caravan Museum, Luray Valley Museum, and Toy Town Junction.
- Old Town Winchester. Offering something for everyone, Old Town Winchester boasts an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, museums and historic sites. Locals and visitors can enjoy an array of exciting activities throughout the year, including a farmer’s market, free family movies, live concerts, an Apple Blossom Festival and even an event honoring everyone’s favorite cocoa confection, Chocolate Escape!
Searching for a new home in the stunning Shenandoah Valley? Consider these exceptional Northern Virginia communities: