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Nature's Calling! Exploring the Great Outdoors in the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains

On display in Carrier Library, October 2018. Selected by Ryan Winfree

Updated October 2020

We are lucky to have such abundant outdoor opportunities right at our doorstep in Harrisonburg. Autumn is a great time to take advantage of it! Studies show that getting closer to nature can improve mental health, so take a break from the stress of class and work and enjoy all the outdoor activities our beautiful region has to offer. Whether it’s hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, birdwatching, or simply meditating in a peaceful meadow, there is something for everyone to appreciate.

Start your next adventure today!

**Due to the ongoing regulations because of Covid-19 and the changing of the seasons, it is recommended to check the status of the trails or recreation areas for closures or alternative routes**

Helpful Online Trail Guides:

Hiking Upward

All Trails

Trail Link

Shenandoah National Park

Hikes near Harrisonburg:

Easy:

Hidden Rocks (Hone Quarry Area) (35 minutes from Harrisonburg)

High Knob Tower (45 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Big Schloss (55 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Tibbet Knob (55 minutes from Harrisonburg

Crabtree Falls (1 hour 15 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Whispering Spruce Trail/Spruce Knob (1 hour 45 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Moderate:

Emerald Pond (30 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Humpback Rocks (50 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Veach Gap (1 hour from Harrisonburg)

Hawksbill Mountain (1 hour 10 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Strenuous:

Strickler Knob (40 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Three Ridges (55 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Old Rag (1 hour 20 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Lakes:

Switzer Lake (30 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Todd Lake (45 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Elkhorn Lake (55 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Sherando Lake (55 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Lake Moomaw (2 hours from Harrisonburg)

Spruce Knob Lake (2 hours from Harrisonburg)

Other Points of Interest:

Natural Chimneys State Park (30 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Seven Bends State Park (45 minutes from Harrisonburg)

Shenandoah River State Park (1 hour from Harrisonburg)

Shenandoah National Park

  • Rockfish Gap South Entrance (45 minutes from Harrisonburg)
  • Swift Run Gap Entrance (55 minutes from Harrisonburg)
  • Thornton Gap Entrance (1 hour from Harrisonburg)
  • Front Royal North Entrance (1 hour 15 minutes from Harrisonburg)