Spectacular natural beauty, quirky little villages, and interesting people
Page County is an easy day trip of less than 2 hours from Washington, DC, but with all the great things to do, you’ll want to stay much longer. Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Massanutten Mountains to the west and with Shenandoah River flowing through the heart of the valley, the vistas in Page County are sublime.
The County offers a wealth of natural wonders with Luray Caverns at the top of the list. While you are visiting the caverns be sure to leave a little extra time to tour the Garden Maze just outside the cavern entrance.
The Shenandoah National Park offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails, including the fabled Appalachian Trail which wanders for 120 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge. For less energetic enthusiast the Skyline Drive is one of the loveliest roads in the country with breath taking views around every curve. The Park has camping and economical, family-friendly lodging, at Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge.
The George Washington National Forest which lies on the western flank of Page County, offers expanded access for horseback riding, ATVs, mountain bikes and camping. And the Shenandoah River features a variety of water sports, including swimming, boating, kayaking, and fishing on the. Outfitters are available for equipment rentals and guided tours.
A long day on the river calls for a refreshing drink (or two)! You will find interesting breweries and delightful wineries throughout the County.
The town of Luray and the smaller hamlets of Shenandoah and Stanley, offer unique shops, galleries and eateries from country cafes to gourmet destinations.
Historical sites abound. The Shenandoah Valley was a broad avenue for the Confederate armies advancing to Gettysburg and retreating after the battle. It was also the home territory for General “Stonewall” Jackson. The Luray-Page County Visitors Center in the old Luray Train Depot has a complete listing of historical sites and much more.
Luray is nicknamed the Cabin Capital of Virginia, and rightly so, with over 400 unique rental cabins. More sophisticated accommodations are available at several bed & breakfasts, as well as a remodeled historic hotel in the middle of Luray.