Virginia’s waterways are a great place for recreation, and the Shenandoah River is no exception. This 55.6-mile tributary of the Potomac River offers plenty of opportunities for Shenandoah River adventures and relaxation alike.
Shenandoah River Facts
The Shenandoah River stretches about 55.6 miles through Virginia and West Virginia. The river is a tributary of the Potomac River and has two forks that are approximately 100 miles long each. The Shenandoah River has long been an excellent venue for recreation, as it offers many opportunities for floating, tubing, boating, fishing, and hiking along its shoreline.
Family-Friendly Shenandoah River Adventures
Several outfitters offer trips and excursions on the Shenandoah River, including Shenandoah River Adventures and Shenandoah River Outfitters. A journey down the Shenandoah River means a lifejacket and climbing in a kayak, canoe, tube or raft. If you don’t have a boat to call your own, you can choose from one of the many outfitters in the region to provide everything you need for your Shenandoah River adventure.
Fishing the Shenandoah River
Named one of the top 10 places to fly fish in the U.S., the Shenandoah River is known as a top spot for catching smallmouth bass. If you are wondering what kind of fish are in the Shenandoah river, it’s a great place to find largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish and more. Anglers may also encounter American eel, common carp, yellow bullhead and redhorse fish. Even though there are many types of fish in the Shenandoah River, you will also find that certain areas tend to have more opportunities for your next catch. Whether you’re looking for your next personal record sized catch, or just a day on the water, the Shenandoah River is the perfect place for all of your fishing needs. For more information such as a map of the Shenandoah River, Shenandoah River fishing tips, Shenandoah river conditions, and Shenandoah river flow, make sure to check out the various outfitters as well as the river’s website. If you’re an avid fisherman, don’t miss the upcoming Virginia Fly-Fishing Festival, located in Doswell, VA, this year!
Shenandoah River State Park
Be sure to bring your bathing suit and your hiking boots when you visit Shenandoah River State Park in Bentonville. The park is about an hour’s drive from By the Side of the Road through New Market and past Luray Caverns. It offers a full day of fun for the whole family. Begin your outing with a hike where you can explore up to 24 miles of trails, 14 of which are multi-use.
If you’re a bit of a thrill-seeker, you may enjoy a zip line tour. Offered by Virginia Canopy Tours, you can get a birds’ eye view of the park zipping through the treetops. This three-hour excursion includes eight ziplines, a sky bridge, two nature hikes and a rappel. Whether you choose to walk, zip line, or both, plan to spend some time cooling off in the Shenandoah River. While swimming is not allowed in the river in this particular park, you are more than welcome to wade and float. There are more 5.2 miles of shoreline to explore. Don’t forget to bring a picnic and pack your camera to capture the park’s flora, fauna and its more than 5.2 miles of picturesque shoreline.
Download Our Vacation Guide
As you begin planning your trip to the Shenandoah Valley, be sure to download our FREE Vacation Guide for useful information on thing to do and see. By the Side of the Road would love to serve as your home base during your stay in the Shenandoah Valley area. Our historic bed and breakfast is in a unique location that makes it convenient to many things to do and see, yet private and exclusive enough that you can relax during your getaway.