When we chose this location (RV resort) we chose it for its proximity to Dulles Int Airport, because we knew we had to put Jordan on a plane for his home, Las Vegas. But what we didn't know was all the cool stuff around the area we get to visit, see and do! The little town of Front Royal has a colorful and rich history in Civil War but also as a "jump-off" point for settling the South and West.
Yes, we knew it was at the mouth of the Shenandoah Valley, and we both thought that might be as pretty a place as people have bragged about, but you can never be too sure about other's tastes of places. It is beautiful here for sure and the Shenandoah River is everything you've ever read about, our RV Resort is 5 miles south of the town of Front Royal and it's between the southfork and the main river. Yep, right smack dab in the middle of the valley.
While here we went to visit yet another cavern, the famed Luray Caverns in the town of Luray. They were discovered in 1878 it boasts enormous colorful chambers and is a registered U.S. Natural Landmark. For more info, goto www.luraycaverns.com
By far the most visited part of this valley is the Shenandoah National Park and it's 105 mile long Skyline drive along the Blue Ridge Mountains. At its southern end it joins the Blue Ridge Parkway, which stretches 469 miles to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Shenandoah NP was built almost entirely by the "CCC boys" (Civilian Conservation Corps) during the depression. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the CCC. for more info about the CCC goto, www.ccclegacy.org . When we drove the small portion of Skyline we had time for, we were thoroughly impressed by the diversity of the parks inhabitants. Due entirely to the elevation difference of 400 to more than 3,000 ft! It truely is a wonderful place we'll comeback to visit! ! ! For more info, goto www.nps.gov/shen