The Best Things to Do in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia

If your ideal vacation is a mountain vacation, then a visit to Harrisonburg is the right choice! It combines the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia with the iconic history and scenery of the Shenandoah Valley. There are many great things to do here ranging from scenic drives to spectacular caverns. So, whether you plan on spending all of your time in the mountains or just some of it, you’re sure to have a wonderful time. Here are some of the best things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.

Mountain activities are just a part of what you can experience here in Harrisonburg! When you download our free Vacation Guide, you’ll have all the insider information your vacation needs, right at your fingertips! At By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, we want you to have the very best visit possible. So, download it today!

Things to Do in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia

Skyline Drive

Harrisonburg, VA is located near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, which is home to Skyline Drive. Cruise the 105-mile drive, winding around the mountaintop along the spine of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains taking in the natural beauty of Shenandoah. There are 75 scenic overlooks that offer stunning views as well as ample opportunities to witness wildlife in their natural habitats. For those looking for a more active way to see the park, take to any of the 500 miles of trails located within the park and get an up-close look at Shenandoah’s splendor.

The Grand Caverns

The Grand Caverns are among the closest caverns near Harrisonburg VA. Guided by experienced personnel, the tour takes about 70 minutes and consists of about a mile of walking at a leisurely pace. For the more adventurous among you, the Fountain Cave is a sister cave to the Grand, and visitors can plan on touring it during the summer months. This is a more strenuous tour involving difficult physical activity and is perfect for anyone with an interest in caving. Grand Caverns is open year-round and is home to multiple exhibits through which visitors can learn about its history.

Shenandoah National Park Hiking Trails

Shenandoah National Park has a whopping 500 miles of trails, about 30 percent of which are in designated wilderness areas. About 100 miles of the trails are actually part of the Appalachian Trail, as well. It’s easy to head to the Shenandoah National Park Hiking trails from Harrisonburg. The closest entrance to the park, Swift Run Gap, is an easy 20-mile drive from the inn. Be sure to fuel up with a delicious breakfast before you head out on your adventure!

Horseback Riding Near the Blue Ridge Mountains

There are several places that offer horseback riding in the area. Looking for a sunset ride? A wilderness trek? There are a few great options here!

Plan Your Mountain Vacation to Harrisonburg

When you’re looking for a place to vacation that’s in the mountains but still connected to civilization, Harrisonburg is the perfect place. In fact, it’s these very mountains after which the famous lyrics “purple mountain majesty” were written! Of course, these are just a few ideas to get you started with your vacation plan. You can find more in our free Vacation Guide! And, when it comes time to plan your vacation to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, stop over to By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages where the hospitality is warm and the rooms are spacious. Browse our availability today and see for yourself what we mean. Contact us today to book your getaway!