The list of places to explore in the Shenandoah Valley is lengthy, to say the least. No matter how adventurous or timid you are, there’s a town, overlook, or hiking a trail that you’ll love. One of those places is Rockfish Gap!
About Rockfish Gap
Rockfish Gap is the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. From here, you can pick up the Appalachian Trail, or explore the town of Afton. Afton itself is a beautiful mountain town, and if you love good drinks and amazing views, you’re in luck! Blue Mountain Brewery, Veritas Vineyards, and Silverback Distillery are all located here. You can also tour the Swannanoa Palace or enjoy a scenic drive and head to the Skyline Drive Rockfish Gap Entrance.
Thanks to the area’s popularity with hikers starting, finishing, or passing through Rockfish Gap on the Appalachian Trail, Rockfish Gap Outfitters in nearby Waynesboro is one of the best places to visit. They offer a wide selection of outdoor gear from some of the best brands in the industry, like Patagonia, The North Face, Osprey, and more.
More Great Things to Do in the Shenandoah Valley
Stony Man Mountain
Stony Man Mountain features a short hike to its summit, a beautiful overlook, and convenient access via Skyline Drive. What more do you want in a Shenandoah hike? Stony Man Mountain’s summit is just over 4,000 feet high, affording a great view of Luray, the George Washington National Forest, and more.
Shenandoah Valley Breweries and Wineries
The Shenandoah Valley is ripe with both vineyards and craft beer breweries! Tour and taste the area’s finest wine at any of the valley’s wineries, like Shenandoah Vineyards, CrossKeys Vineyards, and North Mountain Vineyard and Winery. More of a beer drinker? Treat yourself to a pint of some of the best craft beer around when you visit Brothers Craft Brewing, Pale Fire Brewing Company, and more.
Massanutten Mountain Range
The Massanutten Mountain Range is a sizable chunk of land in the Shenandoah Valley offers plenty to do, including great mountain bike and hiking trails, overlooks from Massanutten Peak and Kaylor’s Knob, skiing at Massanutten Resort, and more!
White Water Rafting
Get the most of out the Shenandoah River when you go white water rafting! Massanutten Adventures in Elkton, VA will get you out on the water with their tours. You can also head to Natural Bridge and take on the Class I-II rapids there.
Explore the Shenandoah Valley When You Stay at By the Side of the Road
A trip to the Shenandoah Valley isn’t complete with a stop in Harrisonburg, and the best place to stay in town is By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages. Our historic B&B matches Harrisonburg’s pleasant, beautiful atmosphere, and guests enjoy the benefits of our welcoming hospitality and inviting accommodations. Choose one of the suites in our Main House or a cottage, but either way, you’ll love the privacy and amenities they offer. When you wake up, enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast! It’s perfect way to start the day, whether you’re gearing for a nearby hike, exploring Harrisonburg, or catching a JMU football game. Download our free Shenandoah Valley vacation guide and learn more about everything our area offers! Contact us online or at (540) 801-0430, and start planning your stay with us today.