Schools are out for the summer, vacationers are visiting our beautiful valley, and county residents are on the lookout for activities to enjoy during their free time. There is a wealth of information on the internet, but the first place to search is our own county tourism site at www.shenandoahtravel.org. To extend your search to include Shenandoah Valley, check out www.visitshenandoah.org or shenandoahvalley.com, a site that is currently featuring 13 scenic tours of the valley included in local author Andrea Sutcliffe’s “Touring the Shenandoah Valley Backroads”, a book available for checkout at any of our county library locations. Better yet, purchase a copy to keep in your car for those serendipitous daily jaunts or a longer overnight tour!
With the Civil War Sesquicentennial upon us, visit shenandoahatwar.org and also the New Market Battlefield site www2.vmi.edu/museum/nm, now a state-designated Shenandoah Valley Tourist Information Center.
For outdoor enthusiasts, a recommended recreation site within the county that has hiking, fishing, picnicking, bicycling, and camping can be found at the Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area at the northern end of Fort Valley just 11 miles outside of the town of Strasburg (http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/recreation/recarea/?recid=73687). Here you can hike the Pig Iron and Charcoal trail and learn how pig iron was made from 1836-1888 using iron ore mined nearby and Passage Creek as water power.
Finally, for all things Virginia, the go-to tourism site is virginia.org. Happy traveling!