The Shenandoah Valley is known for its natural beauty and intriguing history. The Valley is part of the Great Valley, a large region that stretches from New York to Alabama. Whether you are looking to hike the Blue Ridge Mountains or to try all the top-notch restaurants, there are so many things to do in the Shenandoah Valley. Just minutes away from By the Side of the Road there are several attractions that you and your family can enjoy while you are staying with us. Here are three of our favorite things to do in Shenandoah.
3 Things to Do in the Shenandoah Valley
- Outdoor Recreation
The Valley is beautiful during every season. With hiking, canoeing, cycling, rafting, fresh water fishing, horseback riding, skiing, golfing, and so much more, the Valley has something for everyone to enjoy. The Shenandoah River is a popular place during the warm months of the year. Several outfitters offer a variety of guided trips and rentals. Along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Valley National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, visitors will find fantastic hiking trails. If you wish to speed through the lush green forest, rent a mountain bike and try out the trails featured in the George Washington National Forest!
Another one of the many great things to do in the Shenandoah Valley is horseback riding. Head over to the Fort Valley Ranch to take one of the company’s horse or mule rides through the George Washington National Park. The Guided Horseback Rides are an exciting way to explore the beautiful natural outdoors of Virginia.
- Belle Grove Plantation
Located in the northern Shenandoah Valley near Middletown, VA, Belle Grove Plantation is a gorgeous 1797 Manor House, which was built by Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly Madison Hite. Original, the Plantation was built on 483 acres. Major Hite later purchased more property to expand the Plantation to 7500 acres to grow wheat, raise cattle and Merion sheep and to operate a large distillery and numerous mills. Take a guided tour of the stunning Plantation and learn about the history of the area! The tour will take visitors through the Manor house. Make sure to save time to explore the spectacular landscaping after touring the House!
- Grand Caverns
Owned by the Town of Grottoes, Grand Caverns, America’s oldest continuously operated show cave, was voted #2 in America by Parade magazine; it is also a National Natural Landmark. The history and beauty of the cave will amaze the entire family and make for a memorable adventure! Take time to tour the Grand Caverns when you visit the Valley!
Plan your summer trip to the Shenandoah Valley
Don’t miss out on the beautiful weather that Virginia offers! Come and discover why we love the Valley and all it has to offer! Let By the Side of the Road play host as you plan your trip here; we will happily fulfill your accommodation needs. Whether you are looking for a charming cottage or a luxurious suite, we have something for everyone.
As you begin planning what to do in the Shenandoah Valley, be sure to download our Vacation Guide for useful information on thing to do and see. By the Side of the Road would love to serve as your home base during your stay in the Shenandoah Valley area.
Photo courtesy Belle Grove Plantation.