News, Events & links

upcoming special events

  • Saturday Nov. 21 (1-5pm): Beginner Wild Caving with Rockingham County and Shenandoah County Park and Recreation departments. Ages 10+; $25 each. Register with your local department.
  • Saturday – Sunday, Dec. 12-13: PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor course at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Click here to register.

contact some of our fine friends for…

outdoor gear

  • Vince and friends at Walkabout Outfitter on Court Square in Harrisonburg, VA (540-434-9900)
    · Gigi, Jack, Elyse, and Toby the Dog at Appalachian Outdoors Adventures in Luray, VA (540-743-7400)
  • Kristy and crew at Wilderness Adventure in Staunton, VA at (540-885-3200)
  • Chuck and friends at Rockfish Gap Outfitters in Waynesboro, VA at (540-943-1461)
  • Our friends in Charlottesville at Great Outdoor Provision Company on Barracks Rd. (434-995-5669)
  • Canoe, kayak, and tube rentals on the South Fork with Rodney and crew at Shenandoah River Adventures at (1-888-309-7222)

other things to do

  • Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce in Harrisonburg, VA at (540-434-3862)
  • Harrisonburg Tourism and Visitors’ Services in Harrisonburg, VA at (540-432-8940)
  • Shenandoah Valley Travel Association in New Market VA at (540-740-3132)
  • Luray Visitors’ Center and Page County Chamber of Commerce in Luray, VA (540-743-3915)
  • Peak Experiences Indoor Rock Climbing for rainy days in Richmond VA, visit Jay and Neil and staff at (804-897-6800)

Environmental Care Connections

  • Friends of Shenandoah Mountain, proposing federal protections for Shenandoah Mountain and its related drainage basins
  • WILD VIRGINA, advocating for natural protections in the George Washington National Forest (434-971-1553)
  • The Access Fund, advocating for environmental care and continued access to America’s climbing areas (888-8ME-MBER)
  • The Shenandoah National Park Trust, the official philanthropic partner of Shenandoah National Park

lodging in the harrisonburg area

  • Contact Vicki at the Waynesboro North 340 Campground for year-round camping with all the amenities at
  • Old Massanutten Lodge at (540-269-8800)
  • Call Monica and John at Harrisonburg/Shenandoah Valley KOA Campground (year-round camping, with hot showers) at (540-896-8929 or 800-562-5406)
  • Call Marjorie, Duke, Tina or Paula at Shenandoah Valley Campground in Verona (April 1 – Nov. 6; pool, mini-golf, fishing, river fun, and more) at (800-310-2580)
  • Hone Quarry (year-round), Todd Lake (opens May 15), and North River Campgrounds in the George Washington National Forest, west of Harrisonburg (seasonal, limited amenities, CHEAP!)
  • Camp Horizons (540-896-7600) or Camp Brethren Woods (540-269-2741) for cabin and bunkhouse lodging in the Shenandoah Valley
  • Natural Chimneys Regional Park Campground (April 1 – Oct. 30) at 540-245-5727 (office) or 540-350-2510 (park phone – seasonal)

lodging in the Luray area

Lodging Near Franklin, Smoke Hole, & Seneca Rocks in West Virginia

  • Call Roger at LTD Vacation Rental Cabins (410-442-1117)

  • Thorn Spring 4H Camp (call John at 304-358-7737) for group lodging (campground and heated bunkhouse) near Franklin WV

  • Brandywine (May 1 – Dec. 15) and Seneca Shadows USFS Campgrounds near Brandywine WV and Seneca Rocks WV, respectively (seasonal and inexpensive)

  • NROCKS, near Circleville, WV, home of the Via Ferrata and Treetop Canopy Tour (lodge, cabins, and group camping) (877-435-4842)

  • Thompson’s Motel (304-358-2331) and the Franklin Inn/Fox’s Pizza Den (304-358-2118) in Franklin WV (inexpensive motel lodging; NO websites)