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on the left will keep you specifically in or near Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in the Shenandoah Valley Area
of Virginia. We add new listings and links on a regular basis so bookmark this page and check back often. Rockingham County is located in the center of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains on the east and the Alleghenies on the west, the County is located along the Interstate 81 corridor and only a 2-hour drive to Washington, DC.
The regional heritage museums abound with local history and artifacts. See the fabled Shenandoah River that flows through the region. Civil War Trails and Birding and Wildlife signs point to interesting sites for history and nature buffs alike. This is Stonewall Jackson Country where the famous Civil War general planned and won his famous Valley Campaign of 1862. Visit the Battlefields of Cross Keys and Port Republic, learn of his campaign strategy on the electric map in Dayton, visit his former headquarters at the Miller-Kite House Museum in Elkton, and see where his chief cavalry officer, Turner Ashby, was fatally wounded on Chestnut Hill in Harrisonburg, now a historical monument.
Harrisonburg's Main Street is the route of the historic Valley Turnpike, down which early settlers migrated into the Shenandoah Valley in the 1700s, leaving their mark in architecture and a rich heritage. It is a Virginia Main Street Community and on the National Historic Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.
Harrisonburg is just minutes away from world famous caverns, Virginia Wine Country, Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. It is within an hours drive to the historic homes of three presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Woodrow Wilson.
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SKYLINE DRIVE... The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.
As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.
The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.