Nature's Calling! Exploring the Great Outdoors in the
Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains
Updated September 2023 • Originally on display in Carrier Library, October 2018
Created by Ryan Winfree
We at JMU are lucky to have such abundant outdoor opportunities right at our doorstep, in and near Harrisonburg. Spring 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.
We recommend that you check the status of the trails or recreation areas in case there are closures or alternate routes due to weather, public health, or the changing of the seasons.