Outdoor Recreation

Play Outside in Augusta County

You wanna play? Outdoor adventure is our game. We challenge you to conquer Elliot Knob, pull in a native trout on Mossy Creek, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike along Skyline Drive, test your grit in the 100-mile Grindstone Ultramarathon, or go rustic and camp to find the Milky Way in the sky above. Go underground at America’s oldest continually-operating show cave – Grand Caverns. Sniff out our favorite swimming holes, and tackle our single tracks for mountain biking glory. Play outside in Augusta County.


Four season leisurely rides along our scenic backroads are a great way to cycle away a day, but challenges await. From challenging trails on Shenandoah Mountain to the Badger Road Loop westward from Staunton, be prepared to pedal long and hard. If you’re already planning to enjoy our fall leaf season, check out the annual Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival. You’ll see parts of Augusta County you didn’t know existed.

Start your biking adventure.


Augusta County is Virginia’s second largest county and offers a wealth of unspoiled beauty. With no skyscrapers in sight, the views – daytime and nighttime – are breathtaking. Stargaze, capture incredible photography, and enjoy our great outdoors when you book your weekend or weeklong stay at one of our campgrounds.

Check-in to our campgrounds.


In our neck of the woods, you can climb to the top of our highest peak, explore Virginia’s largest wilderness area, seek out waterfalls aplenty, and find yourself breathless from immense Shenandoah Valley views. We’re home to both the northern entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the southern entrance of Skyline Drive. Our trails are your trails.

Come explore our hiking.


Gear up, secure a Virginia fishing license, and head to the nearest native trout waters to pull in a beauty. Mossy Creek is a fly-fishing, bucket-list stream you don’t want to miss. If you’re at the South River, try your hand at a “South River flush” – a rainbow trout, a brown trout, and a brook trout. For other stocked trout waters, hike to Coles Run and Mill Creek Reservoirs in the Pedlar Ranger District of the George Washington National Forest.

Tackle our fishing possibilities.


Hot summer days call for a cool swimming hole, and we have several. From the base of a waterfall to our beach-like Sherando Lake, chilling out is never a problem in Augusta County.

Dive into our swimming options.

Horse Trails

Miles of multi-use trails are available for those seeking an excursion on horseback. Short trails offer an afternoon of views while longer trails beckon an overnight reprieve. Ride on, cowboy.

Choose your trail.


Augusta County is the base camp for four area resorts. With restaurants, supplies, outfitter assistance, and affordable accommodations, we’re an easy drive with all of the required amenities.

Hit the slopes.


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