Quality of Life

Shenandoah County offers a variety of recreational and cultural pursuits. Hunting, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and camping opportunities can be found in the George Washington National Forest area. Bryce Mountain Resort, located in the southwestern portion of the county, is a year-round resort with snow and grass skiing, an 18-hole golf course, tennis, horseback riding, boating, a 45-acre lake, lodging and dining. An 18-hole golf course is also located in New Market at the Shenvalee Golf Resort.

The county operates one park that has several ball fields, tennis courts, a jogging trail, picnic shelters, and a disc golf course. Six other parks located in or near the towns complement the county park with additional ball fields, playgrounds, swimming pools, tennis courts, and picnic shelters.

The Shenandoah River flows through Shenandoah County, with the famous seven bends one of the most photographed scenes in the Shenandoah Valley. The seven bends are best viewed from the Woodstock Tower.

The county is rich in history and historical sites. Civil War buffs can retrace Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign and explore the New Market Battlefield Park. This park covers 160 acres on the Shenandoah River and houses a museum that spans the entire war and offers two award-winning short films. The Battle of New Market Reenactment, held each May, is the oldest annual reenactment in the nation.

Shenandoah Caverns is an underground wonderland that has mysterious passageways with amazing rock formations and streams that are enjoyed by area residents and tourists alike. American Celebration on Parade, located on the Caverns complex, is home to Presidential Inauguration and Rose Bowl Parade floats.

The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival offers area residents the opportunity to hear symphonic, big band, jazz, and folk music. This annual event schedules approximately ten performances with 500 people in attendance at each. It is music under the stars during the summer months. Held outdoors in historic Orkney Springs, this event includes pavilion or lawn seating and allows picnic baskets and wine. Past performers include Mary Chapin-Carpenter and The Temptations.

Shenandoah County has an active arts community with a number of galleries and performing arts groups, including Master Works Chorus and the Lebanon-St. Stephens Choir.

The Shenandoah County Fair takes place in Woodstock, beginning the last weekend in August through the first weekend in September. The fair includes performances by some of country music’s latest stars. It is the oldest fair in the Shenandoah Valley.

The Edinburg Ole’ Time Festival, held in September, is a town fair that celebrates the area’s colonial heritage. Numerous crafts and activities highlight the life style of the early settlers. The Octoberfest Festival in Strasburg is a similar celebration. This festival is a tribute to the early German settlers who first farmed the fertile lands of the Shenandoah Valley.

Shenandoah County is home to seven award winning wineries and a variety of farm markets. Local products include wine, apples, peaches, and a variety of vegetables. Agri-tourism sites and events include farms, wineries, antique tractor shows, and farm tours.

The towns of Strasburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock, Edinburg, Mt. Jackson, and New Market, offer quaint downtowns with a variety of restaurants and shops. Located along U.S. Route 11, a Virginia Byway, these towns enhance the quality of life in Shenandoah County through their vibrant communities.