Enjoying the beautiful scenery and taking drives are not the only things to do around Basye and the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. The area is rich in history, land and water sports for outdoor enthusiasts, wineries & breweries, and many other unique attractions for all ages.
What’s the weather like? Average Temperatures in Spring are High: 63° and Low: 36° / Average Temperatures in Summer are High: 83° and Low: 57° / Average Temperatures in Fall are High: 66° and Low: 40° / Average Temperatures in Winter are High: 43° and Low: 20°
Pack your bags: Layers, layers, layers! To be prepared for the fluctuating temperatures in the mountains you should have layers that can easily be removed or added as needed. Comfortable shoes are a must and appropriate winter attire for outdoor sports such as skiing. Always bring a swimsuit for both indoor & outdoor swimming.
Things to Do Around Basye and the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia
1. Fish 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.
2. Spend an afternoon drifting down the Shenandoah River tubing, kayaking or canoeing with Shenandoah River Outfitters in Luray.
3. Experience the thrill of seeing the Shenandoah Valley from the air through ballooning, hang gliding and sky diving.
4. Take a tour on horseback! Fort Valley Ranch offers guided tours ranging from an hour to a day in Fort Valley.
5. 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.
6. Enjoy the ease of the Massanutten Storybook Trail, as you gaze upon breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in New Market.
7. 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
8. Get in touch with nature at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.
10. Challenge friends and family to a game of miniature golf at Bryce Resort in Basye. Their newly renovated mini golf course features elements representing the local area and the resort.
11. For snow enthusiasts, hit the slopes at Bryce Resort in Basye for skiing, snowboarding and tubing, fun for all ages.
12. In summer enjoy the excitement of gliding through the trees on a zipline, climbing a rock wall or riding through the bike park at Bryce Resort in Basye.
13. Immerse yourself in the area’s history at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park & Virginia Museum of the Civil War.
14. Learn about the Burning of the Valley at the Edinburg Mill Museum, which happened during the Civil War.
15. Explore an authentic antebellum property from the 1700s, Belle Grove Plantation, in Middletown.
16. Drive through Meems Bottom Covered Bridge in Mount Jackson, the longest remaining covered bridge in Virginia.
17. 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
18. Savor every drop at one of the local wineries or breweries in the area including: Cave Ridge Vineyard, Third Hill Winery, Wolf Gap Vineyard & Winery, Shenandoah Vineyards, Swover Creek Farms Brewery, and Woodstock Brew House. More information can be found at Sippin’ Shenandoah Beer & Wine Trail.
Local Produce, Crafts and Art
19. 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!
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. Sample and then purchase these fantastic potato chips after viewing the chip making process at the Route 11 Potato Chip Factory in Mount Jackson!
24. Visit locally owned shops, galleries and studios for more information on local products.
25. 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.
27. Give your children the gift of discovery through interactive play and exploration at Explore More Discovery Museum in Harrisonburg.
28. Choose a level and challenge yourself on a rope obstacle course at Rope Adventure Park in Luray.
Visit Shenandoah County for a visitor’s guide and more information on attractions & events.
Festivals & Events
- Annual Chocolate Walk–Harrisonburg, VA
- Virginia Wine & Craft Festival–Front Royal
- Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival–Waynesboro
- Winterfest at Bryce Resort
- Annual Reenactment of the Battle of New Market
- Shenandoah Valley Music Festival–Orkney Springs
- Vintage Woodstock Festival
- Shenandoah County Fair
- Food Truck Festival & Harness Racing
- Mt. Jackson Apple Harvest Festival
- Edinburg ‘Ole Time Festival–Edinburg
- Shenandoah Uncorked Wine Festival–Mt. Jackson
- Cedar Creek Reenactment–Middletown
- Annual Festival of the Leaves–Front Royal
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