Opening of The Trails at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

One of the most exciting new developments here in Winchester in 2020 is the opening of the Trails at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. More than three miles of trails for walking, running, and biking through fields, woods, and wetlands will be open year-round, free of charge. It will also feature art exhibitions and sculptures as Virginia’s largest public art park.

The trails will be accessible from a main trailhead at the new MSV entrance, a pedestrian entrance near the Old John Kerr School (future Winchester Public School’s Innovation Center), a pedestrian entrance at the end of Jefferson Street, and a pedestrian entrance on the northeastern corner of the MSV property on Amherst Street (close to the Wellspring building).

Open dawn to dusk.

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Twilight Hike

While Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park was specifically established in 2002 to preserve and interpret the area’s cultural history, the Shenandoah Valley is rich in natural features, wildlife, and vegetation, including wildflowers.These twilight hikes, offered on May 25th (6:30 p.m.) and September 28th (5:00 p.m.) will not only explore the natural side of the park, but also discuss and practice the basics of hiking and backpacking, along with the equipment usage techniques of these hobbies.

Both programs will be led by Ranger Rick Ashbacker and begin at the Claven Lane parking area (2262 Claven Lane, Middletown, Virginia), the back entrance to the park’s “Morning Attack Trails” trails system, which includes the 8th Vermont monument. Each walk will last approximately 90 minutes, over moderate terrain. Proper walking shoes and water are recommended.