This fall, visit the Shenandoah Valley to connect with some of America's most beautiful and accessible outdoor spaces. We've got majestic summit peaks for hiking, stunning sunset views, underground caverns, horseback riding, backroad cycling, and scenic rivers. Vineyards, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and craft breweries dot our landscape with fresh-taste experiences. Kick your leaf-peeping up a notch by exploring some of America's legendary mountain drives like Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, then overnight in any of our charming historic downtowns. Learn more at VisitShenandoah.org
Explore Harrisonburg, VA
If you have been searching for friendly people, a cool small town with a local food ethos and one of the best hubs for outdoor recreation, look no further than Harrisonburg, Virginia for your next road trip destination. Located at exit 245 off I-81 and about two hours from Washington, D.C. and three hours from Richmond, Harrisonburg boasts a charming, historic downtown community infused with a serious passion for local food and libations, cutting-edge arts and culture, and the historic roots that anchor it to the famous Shenandoah Valley landscape.
Harrisonburg offers entertaining and educational experiences as well as natural beauty. Explore hikes in the Shenandoah National Park, cycling in Hillandale Park, relaxing walking trails in the beautiful Edith J. Carrier Arboretum or great shopping at local boutiques and art galleries. Visit the Virginia Quilt Museum or Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center to learn more about the artisan culture of the area. Enjoy an entertaining and educational experience at one of Harrisonburg’s unique museums including the popular family-friendly Explore More Discovery Museum. Sample farm-to-table cuisine at one of our award-winning restaurants and artisan beverages at one of our five microbreweries. Plan to stay the night in a cottage at By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging or in a historic property like the Stonewall Jackson Inn or Joshua Wilton House or at one of our many hotels. Find what you love in Harrisonburg! VisitHarrisonburgVA.com
Berkeley County offers the ultimate outdoor experience, from our rugged hiking paths to the scenic nature paths, public parks, fishing streams, and nature preserves.
Adventurers can explore the 23,000-acre Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area that contains extensive hiking, camping, fishing, and boating opportunities. The Route 9 walking and biking trail stretches between Martinsburg and the Charles Town/Ranson area and offers users wide-open views and diverse terrain from flat land to sloping hills.
Don’t forget to pack your lure and fishing rod along with your hiking boots and a bike helmet. Sleepy Creek Lake, a 205-acre impoundment, provides trophy bass, crappie, and northern pike, and it allows night fishing with permission. You can also fish from any of the public access streams flowing throughout the county.
If observing nature is more your style, Berkeley County has two nature preserves that house a wide variety of birds and plants. Stauffer’s Marsh Nature Preserve, in Back Creek Valley, and the Yankauer Nature Preserve each offer easy walking trails that allow for easy observation.
Finish a day of well-earned victory with a delicious meal in Martinsburg’s downtown food scene.
Your outdoor adventure begins here, Martinsburg-Berkeley County CVB, 304.264.8801 or TravelWV.com
Come one, come y’all.
In changing seasons, it’s time to change your surroundings. Get out this fall to Shenandoah National Park, which offers the relaxing, natural escape you need. Skyland, Lewis Mountain Cabins and Big Meadows Lodge are located inside the park, which helps you see more of it.
It would take months to enjoy every hiking trail, waterfall and photo opportunity in Shenandoah. So if you only have a week or long weekend to spare, here are the 5 things you just have to do this fall.
- If you enjoy fall foliage, Shenandoah in fall is a leaf peeper’s dream.
- Hike to a mountain summit and enjoy amazing views. Consider tackling a portion of the Appalachian Trail.
- Go chasing waterfalls. There’s Dark Hollow Falls, Rose River Falls and many more.
- Up for adventure? Rock climbing and rappelling are perfect Shenandoah activities.
- Head out into Big Meadows around dusk and watch as the white-tailed deer emerge. You may even see a black bear.