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 region’s outdoor adventure capital.  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 annual cycling, hiking and running events 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.


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 gear, prime fishing locations, or guided expeditions, 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. Learn more…


With its scenic greenways, active running community, and energizing annual events, Harrisonburg is a runner’s paradise! The Muddler, Harrisonburg Half Marathon, NUTT Endurance Challenge, and Wild Oak Trail Run draw runners to Harrisonburg each year. Learn more…

Kayaking & Canoeing

Take a guided expedition down the famed Shenandoah River, known for its slow flowing riffles and meandering runs. Watch as blue herons and turtles dip into the river and bald eagles soar ahead. Paddle around the peaceful waters Switzer Lake or float in a tube down gentle streams. Learn more…


Experience first-class, challenging courses and take part in tournaments and special events. Enjoy spectacular views and encounter wildlife on the green. Harrisonburg boasts six stunning courses within 15 miles of the city, as well as two mini golf courses and a practice facility. Learn more…

Rock Climbing

Trek to secluded sandstone cliffs in the George Washington National Forest and climb crags from the ground up to reveal stunning overlooks hidden in the mountains. Rappel down the cliffside for an invigorating experience, and explore nearby waterfalls and scenic vistas. Learn more…

Wild Caving

Pull up your coveralls, click on your headlamp and get ready to explore the world beneath your feet! Journey through cave systems to find unique formations, grand cavern rooms, and rare fossils. Many cave ceilings are as high as a house or just tight enough to squeeze through. Learn more…


Venture into the backcountry in an overlanding rig, where you can traverse rocky terrain and boulder through mud holes and challenging obstacles. Climb to the summit of Flagpole Knob or Reddish Knob, where at 4,000+ feet you will be able to take in panoramic views. Learn more…

Outdoor Basecamp

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 basecamp for Harrisonburg’s active outdoors community. Walk, bike, or scooter to  internationally-inspired restaurants, independently owned boutiques, and friendly, knowledgeable outfitters. Spend an evening at one of the city’s five craft breweries or cidery and end the evening with live music and entertainment.

Discover Parks, Trails, and Waterways

Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County! The NEW Harrisonburg-Rockingham Trail Guide provides a collection of 15 of the most beloved trails in the area, from scenic gravel roads and peaceful wooded pathways, to challenging vertical climbs and heart-pumping mountain bike trails. With over one million acres of forest land, hundreds of miles of trails, and access to pristine waterways, the region has earned its distinction as the adventure hub of the Shenandoah Valley. Click on the pins on the map to learn more or visit the trail guide online.

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