While staying at Chalet High make plans to visit some of these great attractions in the Shenandoah Valley area. There are plenty of things to do for history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts and families with kids year round.

Outdoor Recreation

Go fishing for bass and trout in Tomahawk Pond, located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Orkney Springs. For more information about fishing in the area, visit Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

Spend an afternoon drifting down the Shenandoah River tubing, kayaking or canoeing with Shenandoah River Outfitters in Luray.

Experience the thrill of seeing the Shenandoah Valley from the air through ballooning, hang gliding and sky diving.

Take a tour on horseback! Fort Valley Ranch offers guided tours ranging from an hour to a day in Fort Valley.

Soak in the view from atop the Big Schloss Peak by hiking 4.4 miles and 1,000 vertical feet – Wolf Gap Recreation Area in Wardensville, WV.

Enjoy the ease of the Massanutten Storybook Trail, as you gaze upon breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in New Market.

Awaken your senses on the Lion’s Tale Trail, a man-made trail, specially designed to accommodate visually impaired hikers in Luray.

For more hiking trails near Basye, visit Trail Head Finder

Get in touch with nature at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.


Immerse yourself in the area’s history at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park & Virginia Museum of the Civil War.

Learn about the Burning of the Valley at the Edinburg Mill Museum, which happened during the Civil War.

Explore an authentic antebellum property from the 1700s, Belle Grove Plantation, in Middletown.

Drive through Meems Bottom Covered Bridge, the longest remaining covered bridge in Virginia.

Experience the past of Woodstock by touring the Marshall House, the Wickham House and the Carriage House, all within a block of the Shenandoah County Courthouse, the oldest active courthouse west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Wineries & Breweries

Savor every drop at one of the local wineries or breweries in the area including: Cave Ridge VineyardThird Hill WineryWolf Gap Vineyard & WineryShenandoah VineyardsSwover Creek Farms Brewery, and Woodstock Brew House. More information can be found at Sippin’ Shenandoah Beer & Wine Trail.

Local Produce, Crafts and Art

Have a “berry” nice day at Swover Creek Farms and Kitchen Farm Brewery: pick your own berries, visit the kitchen for fresh-baked goods and jams, or enjoy a craft beer at the farm brewery in Edinburg!

Cultivate your imagination at the Bowman-Shannon Cultural Arts Center, where you can create your own pottery and view the artwork of more than 20 different artists in Mount Jackson.

Relax at the Shenandoah Heritage Market, the largest country market in the area, featuring more than 20 indoor and outdoor vendors offering handcrafted items, food, plants, Civil War memorabilia, toys, gifts and more in Harrisonburg.

Pick peaches, apples, strawberries and more during their season at Paugh’s Orchard – a family-owned and operated orchard in the Shenandoah Valley. Stop in their roadside fruit stand for a variety of produce and products including pumpkins, jams, jellies, honey and much more in Quicksburg.

Sample and then purchase these fantastic potato chips after viewing the chip making process at the Route 11 Potato Chip Factory in Mount Jackson!

Visit locally owned shops, galleries and studios for more information on local products.

Other Attractions

Go on a Discovery Tour at the Luray Zoo – have a hands-on experience, take photos and learn about the animals that are kept in this rescue facility in Luray.

Descend underground to explore the natural wonders of the area’s beautiful caverns. Endless Caverns in New Market, Luray Caverns in Luray, and Shenandoah Caverns in Quicksburg offer wondrous displays of stalactites and stalagmites for your viewing pleasure.

Give your children the gift of discovery through interactive play and exploration at Explore More Discovery Museum in Harrisonburg.

Schedule your tee time at Bryce Resort Golf Course in Basye and the Shenvalee Golf Resort in New Market.

Visit Shenandoah County for a visitor’s guide and more information on attractions & events.