Located in the "heart of the Shenandoah Valley", the county of Shenandoah lives up to its Indian name-"beautiful daughter of the stars." Cradled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the small towns of the Valley welcome you with their distinctive shops and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.
The famed Shenandoah River is a focal point for recreational activities in the Valley including boating, swimming and fishing. Stocked trout streams are also abundant throughout the area. There are six public parks in the County, with swimming pools, softball, basketball, tennis, playgrounds and picnic shelters.
Snow skiing (winter) and grass skiing (summer) are available at beautiful Bryce Resort, which also features a 45 acre lake. Skyline Drive and the George Washington National Forest offer camping and hiking for those who enjoy the outdoors. Golfing enthusiasts can have their pick of several championship courses-for the beginner or the pro! The forests and woodlands bring the hunter an abundance of deer, bear and small game. The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival is located at historic Orkney Springs and is considered one of the premier arts events in the mid-Atlantic region.
Manufacturing, agriculture and tourism are the county’s principal industries. The Virginia Inland Port of Front Royal, is now the closest port of entry to the industrial markets of the Ohio Valley region, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia. Shenandoah County ranks fourth among Virginia counties in agriculture production. Tourism generates well over $100 million annually. Shenandoah County tourist attractions include the New Market Battlefield and Museum, Shenandoah Caverns, Shenandoah Vineyards, Meem’s Bottom Covered Bridge, as well as many other antique shops, Civil War sites and museums. Rt. 11, Old Valley Pike, has been designated a scenic by-way and is a perfect travel route for those who want to escape interstate traffic as they travel through the Shenandoah Valley. Major manufacturing industries include Bowman Apple Products, Americold, Johns Manville and Merillat Industries, Inc. The 292-acre Shenandoah Business and Industrial Center is located at the northern end of the county and proposes a mix of white-collar industries and business services. Additionally there is a 113-acre Industrial Park near I-81 with 15 acres already divided into a business park setting. Shenandoah County fosters a business climate in which the county can prosper and grow.
Academic excellence is not only a goal, but a reality for the area’s educational system. Shenandoah County has three public school campuses, each with an elementary, middle and high school. Several private schools are located here as well. There are many higher education opportunities in the area as well, such as Lord Fairfax Community College, James Madison University, Shenandoah University, Bridgewater College, Mary Baldwin College and Eastern Mennonite University.
Come see the Shenandoah Valley!