Outdoors & Recreation 

Massanutten Resort. Shenandoah National Park. George Washington National Forest.
These are just a few of the many scenic spots where Rockingham County residents and visitors alike can explore the great outdoors. Home to one of best mountain biking communities in the Country, some of the best skiing in the Mid-Atlantic region, world-class fly-fishing, first-class golf courses and so much more.  There are activities for explorers, adventurers and families alike in Rockingham County.
Our community has been recognized as:
  • Top 12 Most Healthy Counties in Virginia (County Health Rankings, 2015)
  • Home to One of America’s 10 Best Mountain Bike Towns (Harrisonburg—National Geographic, 2015)
  • Home to one of America’s best water parks, Massanutten Resort
    • Named Top 10 Best Indoor Water Parks (Better Homes & Gardens, 2015)
    • Top 10 Best Indoor Water Park (USA Today
    • One of the 9 Best Indoor Water Parks in the U.S. (Yahoo! Travel, 2015)

Massanutten Resort

A four-season resort and course of year-round fun for over 1 million visitors annually, destination Massanutten Resort boasts a massive indoor/outdoor WaterPark, featuring the Massanutten Meltdown structure, The Pipeline FlowRider indoor surfing attraction, tube and body slides, a lazy river, White Caps wave pool and much more. After the waterpark, hit one of the many restaurants, or adults can enjoy a treatment at the resort spa or challenge themselves to a round of golf on one of the resort’s renowned courses.
In the winter, skiing is the draw at Massanutten, where over 70 skiable acres and a snow tube park draw families from throughout the East Coast. The resort features the most vertical skiing relief in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  Not quite ready for the downhill slopes?  Massanutten has you covered with their Snow Sport Learning Center offering guests the ultimate service in programs designed to meet the needs of all ages and abilities.

Shenandoah National Park

Experience the world-famous hiking of the Appalachian Trail or take a scenic drive overlooking the Shenandoah Valley in Shenandoah National Park. The Park offers endless adventures, fun and relaxing activities for people of all ages, with 500 miles of trails that lead hikers to waterfalls and overlook vistas.  While in Rockingham County, drive on Skyline Drive, the Park’s scenic byway, with over 75 overlooks with spectacular views and plenty of opportunties for seeing wildlife.

George Washington National Forest

Miles and miles of trails offer challenging and scenic terrain for hikers and bikers alike in George Washington National Forest. Follow these trails to one of many lookouts and take in the views overlooking the Stateline between Virginia and West Virginia from 4,107 feet at High Knob Fire Lookout Tower or look down from Reddish Knob, located at an elevation of 4,398 feet, over the Dry River Ranger District in the George Washington National Forest. 

Meet Our Staff

Casey Armstrong
Assistant County Administrator & Director of Economic Development
Rhonda Cooper
Community Development Director
Phillip Rhodes
Director of Public Works
Bradford Dyjak
Director of Planning
Kirby Dean
Parks and Recreation Director
Joshua Gooden
Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator
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