Looking for the best things to do near Shenandoah National Park? From river adventures to excursions by horseback, there are tons of activities to try before or after your park adventures.
Here are some of our favorite attractions near Shenandoah National Park after the hiking boots come off!
Experience the Shenandoah River
After spending time exploring the mountains, cool off by experiencing some of the best activities that the river has to offer! Before you plan your trip, make sure to check out the most up to date Shenandoah river conditions.
1. Rafting Trip
Front Royal Outdoors can help you plan a half-day, full-day or multi-day river rafting trip on the Shenandoah. With our four-person and six-person rafts, your group can experience class I and III rapids among some beautiful scenery.
2. Tubing Trip
A Shenandoah river tubing trip is one of the most popular attractions near Shenandoah National Park! We provide everyone in your group with a tube to float the river and a shuttle service to make the activity as simple as can be.
3. Kayaking Trip
Kayaking the Shenandoah River is another popular activity near the park! Hop on a one or two person kayak and take your time paddling the eddies and rapids of the river. Front Royal Outdoors can help you plan a half-day, full-day or multi-day trip.
4. Canoe Trip
A Shenandoah canoe trip is an ideal way to enjoy the water. Take up to three people (two recommended per canoe) on a half-day, full-day or multi-day trip for a relaxing and exhilarating experience.
5. Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)
Another one of the best things to do near Shenandoah National Park is testing your balance on a stand up paddleboard. Front Royal Outdoors offers SUP rentals. Navigate the river at your own pace or speed it up to make it a workout. Enjoy the sun as you float where the current takes you!
Local Attractions Near Shenandoah National Park
Does your group need a little break from the trails? Try one of these popular local spots to add some variety to your itinerary.
1. Go on a Farm Tour
A farm tour is a perfect day activity for children of all ages. Learn about local foods, see the farm in action, and pick a basket full of fresh seasonal fruit!
2. Explore the Skyline Caverns
Skyline Caverns is one of the most stunning spots near the park that can be enjoyed by all. Explore the dramatic lighting, majestic stalactites and history of the caverns as you venture deep into this natural wonder!
3. Go for a Horseback Ride
Grab your cowboy boots and enjoy the trails by horseback! There are tons of areas to explore by horse, and many companies offer scenic rides year-round. Each trip includes a guide and a beautiful four-hooved partner to bond with.
4. Grab a Bite at a Local Restaurant
If you’re leaving through the Front Royal entrance, you’re in luck! There are tons of delicious restaurants waiting for you after you finish adventuring in the park.
Here are a couple of our favorites:
5. Enjoy a Drink at a Front Royal Classic
Top off a great day outside with a celebratory drink! Local breweries and wineries are some of the most frequented attractions near Shenandoah National Park.
Here are a few of our favorite spots to get a drink with ambiance:
Experience the Iconic Views Near Shenandoah National Park
Avoid the crowds and enjoy some of Virginia’s most iconic scenery!
1. Wildcat Ledge Trail
Wildcat Ledge is a short but moderately challenging out-and-back trail that rewards you with a beautiful view of George Washington Forest. It’s a wonderful trail to explore from March through October and attracts fewer crowds than other hikes in the area. Try this trail during fall for a gorgeous view of the changing seasons!
2. Woodstock Tower
Looking for a little adventure and a stunning view? Climb to the top of Woodstock Tower to take in the area’s natural scenery. This is one of the few towers where you’re still allowed to climb to the observation deck and is one of the best things to do near Shenandoah National Park.
3. Buzzard Rock
Just under 4 miles, this out-and-back trail near Front Royal offers an intermediate hiking experience with excellent views overlooking cliffs. This is a popular hike without the crowd found inside the park.
No matter what you’re in the mood for, there are endless things to do near Shenandoah National Park. Want a little help planning a great activity before or after your park adventure? Front Royal Outdoors is your ticket to having a blast on the Shenandoah River this summer!