Hiking

Shenandoah National Park
North Entrance:  Front Royal, VA  |  (540) 999-3500

There are many things to do in Shenandoah National Park, one of those things being hiking. This 105-mile long park lies astride the Blue Ridge Mountains with long vistas into the Shenandoah Valley to the west and Virginia’s Piedmont to the east.  The Appalachian Trail roughly parallels the scenic Skyline Drive along the ridge top and there are other ridge-top trails with side trails to overlooks and waterfalls.  Open year round, weather permitting.  If in doubt, call the number above for current road conditions in the park. For even more detailed information, go to Guide to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive.

You’ll find there is a near endless list of hiking trails to explore within the Shenandoah National Park, great fishing on the rippling rivers, rolling country roads perfect for cycling and so much more.

There are many things to do in Shenandoah National Park and beyond, browse our recommendations below for other nearby outdoor activities

Appalachian Trail 

(703) 242-0693
The Appalachian Trail is accessible in a few spots in our area outside the National Park.

George Washington National Forest 
Fort Valley Entrance:  Waterlick, VA   |  (540) 984-4101Signal Knob is the distinctive peak most clearly visible from Vaucluse.  The highlight of this challenging 9 to 12-mile hike is the view from a famous Civil War signal station site. The National Forest has many other well-marked trails through thousands of acres of “mixed use” land (one of the “mixed uses” is hunting – we don’t recommend hiking in late fall and winter in areas where hunting may be taking place).

Sky Meadows State Park
Paris, VA   |  (540) 592-3556
The heart of this 1800-acre park was a gift to the Commonwealth of Virginia from Paul Mellon.  Several short hikes leave from a restored 1840’s farmhouse and wind through a blend of pasture and woodlands.

Canoeing

Front Royal Canoe Company
Front Royal, VA   |  (800) 270-8808
Canoe, kayak, raft and tube rentals on the Shenandoah River on novice to intermediate class waters.  April through October.

Shenandoah River Outfitters

Luray, VA   |  (800) 622-6632
Similar to Front Royal Canoe Company, but located further away from Vaucluse.  Good if you want to start and end your trip from the Luray area.

Horseback Riding

Marriott Ranch 
Hume, VA   |  (877) 278-4574
Guided trail rides on a 4200-acre working cattle ranch at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains south of Front Royal.  Open daily year round except Mondays.  Reservations required.  Private rides (walk, trot, and canter) are available Tuesday through Friday.

The Wagon Wheel Ranch
Winchester, VA  |  (540)868-9427 – (540) 303-2687
Working Angus cattle ranch. Rides led by a rodeo champion, the ranch Herdsman or one of their cowboys. Horses are all working mounts. 

Double H Stable
Reliance, VA   |  (540) 636-4523
Trail rides on 450 acres of private trails.  Trotting and cantering are welcome.  Open year round.  Reservations required.

Bicycling

Plan on bringing your own bikes (no rentals in area).  We have maps available at the inn for several round trips through apple orchard country here in Frederick County and through horse country in neighboring Clarke County.

Golfing

Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
Front Royal, VA |  (540) 636-4653
Area’s finest.  27-Hole course rated 4 stars and a “Great Value” by Golf Digest Magazine. Mountain views from every hole.

Rock Harbor Golf Course
Winchester, VA  |  (540) 722-7111
Distinctive rock boulders, water, and orchards give this 18-hole course its character.

Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club
Front Royal, VA  |  (540) 631-9661
Area’s newest. 18 Holes. Washington Post says it has “a challenging layout and gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.”

Jackson’s Chase
Front Royal  |  (540) 635-7814
18 Holes.  Gets its name from being the site of Civil War icon Stonewall Jackson’s “chase” of General Banks in 1862.

Appleland Sports Center
Stephens City, VA  |  (540) 868-0961
Close and fun.  Triple decker driving range, 9 hole golf course, 18 hole miniature golf course, practice sand trap and putting green.