Mid Shenandoah Valley
Luray/Page County and City of Harrisonburg
Over 30% of the land or 177,650 acres of Rockingham County is designated as National park or National forest offering numerous opportunities for hiking on or off trail.
The Madison Run Fire Road offers five miles of trail alongside Madison Run near Grottoes, VA, with a gradual ascent from fire road gate at base of mountain to top at Skyline Drive. There is no entrance fee.
For the urban hikers consider The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, a woodland sanctuary on the James Madison University campus in Harrisonburg, is a 125 acre public urban garden and forested greenspace with 100+ year old oaks and hickories, art and a stone labyrinth for silent meditation.
If you’re still looking for more adventure, keep your hiking shoes on and venture to the edge of the George Washington Forest to enjoy Harrisonburg’s Riven Rock Park and an easy hike along a lovely stream.
The nearby Shenandoah National Park has an abundance of hiking trails best suited to avoid large crowds. Choose from eight lesser-known trails where you can enjoy some peace and quiet as you commune with nature.
For beginners, there is the 2.1-mile Tanner’s Ridge Road segment of the Appalachian Trail which has minimal elevation and is a relatively comfortable hike clocking in at 1.5 hours.
Looking for something more? Both the 6-mile Knob Mountain and 5.3-mile Hazel River Falls trails are a challenge with > 1000 ft elevation, but reward you with amazing views around picturesque streams and waterfalls.