Here is a sample form for the Outdoor Adventure itineraries.
Outdoor Adventure Name*
Put the name of your adventure here. This will be the title of the article.
Shenandoah Valley Adventures by Land, River, and Sky
200 words or so to briefly describe the outdoor adventure.
Journey through Virginia’s magnificent Shenandoah Valley by horseback, kayak, and on foot during this 3 day getaway in the foothills of Shenandoah National Park and George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.
List of 3-5 activities / outfitter trips. This will appear as a bulleted list on Virginia.org.
- Horseback riding to Edith Gap for views overlooking the Shenandoah River with Fort Valley Ranch
- Kayaking down the scenic Shenandoah River
- Hiking at Kennedy Peak
- Get your adrenaline pumping with Skydive Shenandoah
- Test your mountain biking skills at Bryce Bike Park
Outfitters and Guides
Please include information on outfitter/guide and featured trip. Pricing is optional. Example – “Trips start at $$$”
- Fort Valley Ranch – guided horseback rides
- Shenandoah River Outfitters – canoeing and kayaking
- Bryce Bike Park – mountain biking
- Skydive Shenandoah – skydiving
- Murray’s Fly Shop – fly fishing
- Mossy Creek Fly Fishing – fly fishing
- Woodstock Tower – hike to the tower
Please include what each day’s activities will be. Please use a paragraph – not bullets here.
Describe the day’s outing.
Centrally located in the Shenandoah Valley, only 1.5 scenic hours from Washington D.C., lies Fort Valley Ranch. Nestled in the Massanutten Mountains of the George Washington National Forest, arrive at the ranch and enjoy a continental breakfast around the campfire, then start your adventure with a guided horseback ride in George Washington National Forest.
– Hourly, half and full-day rides, as well as multi-day Ranch Packages, are available. http://www.fortvalleystable.com/guided-horseback-trail-riding.html.
Next up, spend the afternoon kayaking down the scenic Shenandoah River with Shenandoah River Outfitters with their popular canoe and kayak lunch and steak dinner package. Leave the food cooler at home and bring your appetite as their experienced staff cater a river-side lunch.
After lunch, you continue on to the most exciting and beautiful part of the of the Shenandoah, a class 2 rapid called “Compton’s Rapid” followed by a deep swimming hole with magnificent towering orange and gray limestone cliffs.
Paddle on a few more miles past Compton’s to your pickup point and then have a winding scenic ride back to the Outfitters in time to shower, freshen up and get ready for dinner.
Relax at the pavilion while dining on the sizzling steak and chicken barbeque along with live entertainment while friends tells stories of their adventure on the legendary Shenandoah River.
– Canoe, kayak, and raft rentals are available as well as lunch and dinner packages. Camping and river cabins and cottage are available for rent. Learn more about Shenandoah River Outfitters and book your paddling trip here. https://www.shenandoah-river.com/canoe-kayak-tube-raft-rentals/lunch-steak-dinners/
Describe the day’s outing.
Eat a hearty breakfast to give you energy to rip up the trails at the Bryce Bike Park. With eight lift-accessed trails ranging from beginner to advanced, Bryce features a unique custom-built, shredder-approved park, designed by Gravity Logic and built by 402 Trails.
– Bikes and protective gear are available for rent at Bryce’s rental shop which features state of the art Trek downhill, enduro, and kids bicycles. Learn more about the Bryce Bike Park here. https://bryceresort.com/bryce-bike-park/
After ripping it up on two wheels, get out and stretch your legs while you take in the sights along a hike to Kennedy Peak, a popular day hike that provides wonderful views from an observation tower. Two options await for either a half day hike (5.2 miles round trip; 515 ft ascent, steep in places) or a full day hike (9.2 miles round trip; 1320 ft. ascent, steep). Learn more about Kenney Peak – http://shenandoahcountyva.us/tourism/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2014/01/Kennedy_peak_trail_ROG-sm.pdf
Describe the day’s outing.
Get your last day started with an adrenaline and a bird’s eye view of some of Virginia’s most beautiful scenery with Skydive Shenandoahwhich caters to first timers with tandem jumps and also experienced jumpers.
For a serene way to experience the water, try your hand at fly fishing with Murray’s Fly Shop’s On the Stream Schools, Half Day Lessons, Guide Services, and Fly Fishing Workshops. Or, fish for smallmouth bass, musky, and carp on the nearby Shenandoah and James Rivers with Mossy Creek Fly Fishing, a Virginia fly shop, guide service, and school located minutes away from spring creek brown trout on the famous Mossy Creek and wild brook trout in the freestone mountain streams of The George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah National Park.
Before heading out, take the quick and easy .3 mile hike to Woodstock Tower for lovely sweeping views of seven bends of the Shenandoah River. If you’re lucky, you may even see hang gliders jumping from the platform there and soaring through the sky.
Best Times to Go
Describe the best times of the year to go on this trip.
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suggested Places to Stay
Please include places to stay while on this trip. (Be sure these places are listed on Virginia.org)
Fort Valley Ranch – https://www.virginia.org/listings/PlacesToStay/FortValleyRanchHorseMuleCampgroundRentals/
Additional info and/or options
Note: be sure to check with outfitters ahead of time on availability and necessary conditions for guided trips. Additional questions? Contact Danielle Emerson at [email protected].