Where to Play

There is never enough time to enjoy all the fun our valley has to offer. Kayaking and canoeing, cavern tours, hiking, fishing, tours through the forest canopy, trail rides, golfing, movies……..there truly is something for everyone! 

SNP Sun Through the Clouds - SNP
Sunset rays touch the Massenutten mountain range. Beautiful views like this can be seen all along Skyline Drive. Running through Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive gives you 105 miles of spectacular nature to enjoy. 

Photograph courtesy of Shenandoah National Park  
Preston Bailey and Tray Miller hiking the Shenandoah National Park part of the Appalachian Trail this last summer. Front Royal gets many thru hikers and section hikers alike for the Appalachian Trail. We look forward to seeing them at the Front Royal Visitors Center, and have special hiker goodie bags we hand out to them! 

Photo by Steve Bailey
SNP Hikers - Steve Bailey
Front Royal has a few experienced canoe outfitters along our portion of the Shenandoah River. They will rent you a canoe, tube, kayak, or raft, and then take you to a local boat landing. You can float or paddle to your heart's content, until you end up back downriver at the outfitter. What a wonderful way to spend a summer day! 

Photograph by 
River Kayak

Shenandoah River State Park, in its autumn splendor.

SRSP Cullers Overlook - Derek Zurfluh
Bikes parked at a boat landing, along the Shenandoah River. 
Bikes at Eastham Park - Weatherly Morgan
Skyline Canoe Company rents out both canoes and kayaks for trips along the river. Check out their website here

Come and join us for peace and relaxation or exhilaration of an adventure in the great outdoors in the Shenandoah Valley! If you want to hike to incredible summits, sit and watch the river flow by, take your pup on a run, or enjoy a park with family and friends ….we have it all for you in Front Royal.

Favorite Local Activities  Website Phone Number
Canopy Tours www.zipthepark.com 540-622-2000
Skyline Caverns www.skylinecaverns.com 540-635-4545
Walking Trail at Eastham Park www.warrencountyva.net 540-635-7750
Royal Family Bowling Center www.royalfamilybowl.com 540-636-3113
Hiking in SR State Park www.dcr.virginia.gov 540-622-2000
Royal Cinemas www.royal-cinemas.com 540-635-6080
Mac's Roller Rink www.macsrollerrink.com 540-869-2129
Skyline Canoe Company www.skylinecanoe.com 540-305-7695
Down River Canoe Company www.downriver.com 540-635-5526
Cardinals game at Bing Stadium www.frontroyalcardinals.org 703-244-6662
Trail Rides at Royal Horseshoe Farm www.royalhorseshoe.com 540-636-6375

The Shenandoah National Park, just outside of Front Royal, includes breathtaking sights such as the Skyline Drive, part of the Appalachian Trail, many stunning waterfalls, incredible views, and a theater of fascinating wildlife.

When the state of Virginia amassed 196,000 acres of land in the early 1930’s, Shenandoah National Park was born. Members of the Civilian Conservation Corps- a government program that provided jobs during the Great Depression- were given the task of building the new park’s facilities. They constructed picnic grounds, campgrounds, trails, rock walls, bridges, Skyline Drive, and over 340 recreational buildings within the park. July 3, 1936 was the official dedication of Shenandoah National Park.

This park is popular nationally, and even internationally, as people come to see the spectacular sights. It hosts approximately 2 million visitors each year. Its forests, now consisting mainly of oak and hickory trees, are nearly a hundred years old. Hosting these forests are 60 different peaks greater than 3,000 feet above sea level. The park also currently boasts 75 scenic overlooks, Visitors Centers, educational programs, great campgrounds, and over 500 miles of trails. 101 miles of these trails is a part of the panoramic Appalachian Trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Some trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint; while others penetrate deep into the quiet forest and wilderness.

Any season of the year you sojourn at Shenandoah Park, you will be astounded, flabbergasted, dumbfounded, stupefied and impressed by its vistas. In the spring, flowering trees will capture your attention with their delicacy and grace, the towering forests will spread their majestic foliage in summer. In fall the vegetation will put on a striking cloak of lavish colors, and in winter, a blanket of white will wrap the hills in its glittering glory.

Pictures on this page taken by Derek Zurfluh, Weatherly Morgan, and Steve Bailey. Writing by Alicen Nicot.