Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Shenandoah Valley

Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, nestled between the majestic Appalachian Mountains, Harrisonburg is the outdoor adventure capital of the region.  With access to George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah National Park and numerous trails, parks, and waterways, the City is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Harrisonburg each year to attend events such as the Shenandoah Mountain Bike Festival, Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Grand Fondo, or Rocktown Rambler, while heart-pumping activities keep adventure seekers engaged throughout the year.  Harrisonburg holds the distinction of being a IMBA Bronze Level Ride Center(Trademark) and is the home of nationally recognized cyclists.

Serving as a hub for all these activities is the city’s vibrant downtown district, a designated Virginia Arts and Cultural District, First Culinary District of Virginia and award-winning Main Street Community. Harrisonburg is home to James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University offering world class entertainment and unique attractions from a beautiful arboretum to an enthralling planetarium. There are over 200 restaurants6 craft breweries, and plenty of charming accommodations in Harrisonburg. The city’s International Festival, which features food, music, and culture from around the world, is an enduring tradition that celebrates the rich diversity of this unique, welcoming community.


Harrisonburg is just a short drive from the spectacular Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest, and Blue Ridge Parkway. Harrisonburg revels in having 10 local parks, an arboretum and botanical gardens to share with locals and visitors alike. Learn more…


Did you know the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is a virtual fly fishing fish market? Even the most hardcore angler will find a new, exciting challenge! Whether you’re looking for hunting grounds, hunting locations, hunting areas, or hunting gear; Harrisonburg has you covered! Learn more…


Harrisonburg boasts a diverse mix of peaceful county trails, bike-friendly city streets, winding single tracks, and challenging mountain bike courses, as well as outfitters and guides to get you where you want to be. Harrisonburg represents all types of cycling and levels and cyclists. Learn more…

Discover Parks, Trails, and Waterways

Shenandoah National Park

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Fridley Gap

High Knob Trailhead

Hillandale Park & Rocktown Trails

Hone Quarry Trails

Eden Arboretum and Park Woods

Paul State Forest

Madison Run Fire Road

Furnace Mountain Trail

Elk Run Trails

Western Slope Trails

Narrowback Mountain

Riven Rock Park

Lake Shenandoah

Hightop Mountain

Silver Lake Mill

Port Republic Boat Launch

Elkton Boat Launch

Island Ford Boat Launch