Shenandoah National Park
Dark Hollow Falls - Dark Hollow Falls is a beautiful series of waterfalls and cascades in Shenandoah National Park and is one of the most popular hikes in the park. The Dark Hollow Falls Trail is a 1.4 mile out-and-back hike.
South River Falls - The South River Falls can be done as a nice short 4.8 mile loop hike to see the Falls (third largest in the park) or a longer 10.6 mile circuit hike to see the Falls, two cemeteries, the Upper Pocosin Mission ruins, and the PATC Pocosic Cabin.
Old Rag Mountain - Old Rag is Shenandoah's most popular and most dangerous hike. There's no doubt that the scramble is great fun and the views are spectacular. The circuit hike is about 9 miles. There is a significant elevation change and a strenuous rock scramble that requires good upper body strength.
Riprap Hollow - The Riprap-Wildcat Ridge loop is a very strenuous, but action packed, 9.8 mile hike. The loop combines the Appalachian Trail, Riprap Trail, and Wildcat Ridge Trail. There are several stream crossings and a small waterfall.
George Washington National Forest
High Knob Tower - High Knob Tower Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Brandywine, West Virginia that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips.
Fridley Gap - Fridley Gap Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elkton, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is open year-round.
Crabtree Falls - Crabtree Falls Trail is a scenic, moderately trafficked 3.4 mile trail with a fairly steep incline and rocky terrain. This is one of the best waterfalls in the Central Virginia area.
Free Places to Go
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum - The arboretum is a public urban garden and green space that preserves native plant species and promotes knowledge of the botanical and natural world.
Massanutten Regional Library - The local library is a great place to check out a new book or utilize the computers!
Local Coffee Shops
Black Sheep, Broad Porch Coffee, Merge Coffee Company, and Greenberry's Coffee Co. are all local coffee shops with free wifi! For extra fancy, locally roasted coffee, try Chestnut Ridge Coffee Roasters.
Geeks Who Drink Trivia at Pale Fire Brewing Co. every Wednesday at 8pm; free to play!
Trivia at Sage Bird Ciderworks every Thursday from 8-10pm; free to play!
Bingo is Life at Ruby's Arcade every Tuesday night at 7:30pm; free to play!
Game nights at Gamer Oasis - Pokemon, MTG, D&D, Warhammer, and more - check their facebook to see what's going on!
Local Specialties (vaguely in ascending order of fanciness)
Strite's Donuts are hot, fresh, and amazing. Their trailer travels around the area - follow them on facebook for updated locations!
Mr. J's Bagels has 3 locations in Harrisonburg and are a staff favorite for breakfast & lunch (we stan location #3).
Smiley's Ice Cream in Bridgewater uses local milk from Mt Crawford Creamery - you can see the cows across the street!
Kline's Dairy Bar has several locations with great ice cream and different featured flavors each week.
The Texas Inn, a VA original, just opened their Harrisonburg location. Classic diner & lunch counter fare, secret chili recipe.
Lola's Delicatessen has fabulous sandwiches with house-cured meats and classic deli options.
Magpie Diner is a tasty place for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. Get there early to get on the waitlist for brunch!
Urgie's Cheesesteaks are authentic, messy, and delicious. Patio or bar seating, eat-in or takeout.
La Morena is the best Mexican deli in town. Huge burritos, aguas frescas, and a variety of house-made salsas! Closed Tuesdays :'(
Cuban Burger is a little pricier but so tasty. Real Cuban sandwiches and insane burgers.
Mashita uses fresh, local ingredients for their Korean-inspired menu. Pricier, but treat yourself at least once while you're here.
Bella Luna wood-fired pizzas are to die for, with fresh seasonal menu items. Artisanal af.