How better to take in the great outdoors than against the stunning backdrop of the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountains? Find your sweet spot at one of our golf courses, trot a horse along a shady trail, or hear the whack of the wooden bat at a baseball game.
The State Arboretum of Virginia occupies the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm. Started in the 1930s, it now contains over 5000 woody trees and shrubs from around the world. Walking, bicycling, and horseback riding trails offer visitors a natural experience 365 days a year.
A very useful website that provides details on natural, off the beaten path places to visit for fishing, hiking, boating, and enjoying nature in the area surrounding Winchester-Frederick County. Brochures with this information are also available at the Visitors Center.
The Cove is a rustic escape to the outdoors only 12 miles outside Winchester. 3000 mountain acres and 3 large lakes with ATV and motorcycle trails. Featuring snow tubing, swimming, boating, fishing, climbing, hiking, and target range.
Offering guided cycling, hiking/backpacking, bike/camping, winery, and farmers market tours of the Shenandoah Valley. Choose from preplanned tours, custom tours, or self-guided adventures. Bike rentals are also available.
Frederick County Parks & Recreation's facilities include two large parks, Clearbook Park and Sherando Park. Both parks have outdoor pools, fishing lakes, pavilions and picnic facilities, sports fields, playgrounds, and hiking or walking paths. In addition, Clearbrook Park features paddleboats, and Sherando Park has an 18-hole disc golf course. Sherando Park has mountain bike trails.
Winchester-Frederick County has an active geocaching community. In addition, the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau has developed two geocaching adventures for visitors to enjoy. Learn more about this high tech scavenger hunt that is fun for all ages.
For information on licenses and where to hunt, fish, and boat in the Winchester-Frederick County area, visit the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website, or Blue Ridge Institute for Environmental Studies "Natural Places," listed above.
A distinct 18-hole golf course with an abundance of rock, water, orchards, spacious tee boxes, and rolling greens of Penn A-4 Bent grass. PGA golf pro Jerry Wampler and his staff offer private lessons, clinics, and programs for all. An outdoor pavilion is available for corporate/private use, seating up to 240 guests.
More than horseback tours, these trail rides follow the foothills and ridges of the beautiful northern Shenandoah Valley over terrain once ridden by the Confederate and Union cavalries during the Civil War. Open year-round.
This group of dedicated runners sponsors and promotes local races and runs in an effort to encourage physical fitness among all age groups and ability levels. Visit their website for information on opportunities to participate in upcoming running events.
A 5-mile walking/biking trail on battlefield land owned by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Interpretive signage details the battle that occurred here. Directions and more information is available at the Visitors Center.
A walking and biking trail encircling the City of Winchester. The project strives to provide safe bike and pedestrian facilities for the entire community while connecting parks, neighborhoods, schools and tourist attractions.
Jim Barnett Park offers picnic pavilions, swimming, walking paths, sports fields, playgrounds, a recreation center, disc golf, and fishing in Wilkins Lake. Winchester Parks and Recreation also hosts community events including concerts, outdoor movies, festivals, fireworks, and much more.
The Winchester Wheelmen is a group of cycling advocates in the Shenandoah Valley. They encourage mountain biking, road biking, and family bicycling. Visit their website for information on biking events, scenic road rides and mountain biking trails in Winchester-Frederick County.