Virginia January 23, 2018
This One Small Virginia Town Has More Outdoor Attractions Than Any Other Place In The State
Spring may seem faraway, but there’s no harm in planning ahead of time. Once green has returned to our state, we’ll all feel antsy to get outdoors and soak up the sun. And while there’s no shortage of outdoor activities in Virginia, there’s one small town that seems to have more than its fair share and we couldn’t be happier. The town of Luray, made popular for the Luray Caverns, is a treasure trove of aboveground attractions too. Take a look at all the activity that awaits in this small mountain town.
Welcome to the town of Luray. Tucked away in the Shenandoah Valley, this peaceful town is just full of natural attractions to explore and discover. The following are just a handful of nearby sites that will bring out the explorer in everyone:
1. Stoney Man Mountain
With such proximity to Shenandoah National Park, there are countless outdoor opportunities in Luray's very own backyard. Stoney Man Mountain overlook, approximately 15 miles outside of town, is the perfect introduction to Shenandoah. Whether you're motivated to take the two-hour hike or simply enjoy the view, you'll be happy to visited this natural gem. Location: Milemarker 39.1 along Skyline Drive.
2. Hawksbill Greenway
Those who love the great outdoors but don't necessarily feel compelled for an adventure will love the tranquillity of the Hawksbill Greenway. Located in town, this beautiful natural area has plenty of walking trails, picnic benches, and other amenities for the whole family. The Greenway runs alongside the Hawksbill Creek, which is also parallel to South Hawksbill Street.
3. Bear Mountain Zip Line
Outdoor enthusiasts of all age are sure to get a big thrill out of this zip line park near Luray. Soaring over the forest floor, this zip line is equal parts exhilarating and scenic. There are also obstacle courses set up for an additional challenge. Location:
2354 US Highway 211 E, Luray, VA 22835.
4. The Shenandoah River
The iconic Shenandoah River lends itself to all sorts of outdoor activities and adventures. Whether you're looking for a kayak trip, canoe trip, or scenic spot for a picnic, there's no wrong way to enjoy this gorgeous river. First-time kayakers can get their hang of the sport by visiting the Shenandoah River Outfitters, which is located at 6502 S. Page Valley Road, Luray, VA 22835.
5. Luray Caverns
No trip to Luray is complete without a trek underground to see some of the most magnificent caverns on the East Coast. Luray Caverns offers an opportunity to see exquisite rock formations and learn about the unique history of this site. Perhaps the most appealing draw of the cavern is no matter the outside temperature, it's always cool and dry below ground. Luray Caverns is located at 101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, VA 22835.
6. Storybook Trail
Can you imagine a walkway with a more charming name than Storybook Trail? This easy hike is accessible to nearly everyone and promises breathtaking views of the mountains along the way. Location: Crisman Hollow Road off of 211, Luray, VA.
Have you enjoyed some of these natural attractions before? If so, we’d love to hear about your experiences!