September 7, 2023
Luray, Virginia is a mecca for outdoor recreation and breathtaking scenery. From parks and scenic drives to unearthly caverns and mountain adventures, camping in Luray is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Here is a look at two of Shenandoah Valley’s most popular attractions, Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns.
Shenandoah National Park
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park is home to spectacular waterfalls, peaceful forests, and unbelievable vistas. Encompassing around 300 square miles of gorgeous scenery, this is Virginia’s only national park.
Discover the Park
Hiking: Escape into the wilderness on more than 500 miles of hiking trails, including a 101 mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail. Old Rag Mountain, Bearface Mountain, Dark Hollow Falls, and Whiteoak Canyon are all popular hikes. If you’re bringing the kids along, try Fox Hollow Loop or Limberlost.
Waterfalls: If you live for waterfalls, you won’t be disappointed with the 10+ falls in the park. Ranging from tall, thundering waterfalls like Overall Run Falls to small, peaceful cascades found along the streams, this park is a dream for waterfall lovers. You will have to work to see these beauties, including hiking downhill (all of the falls require a downhill hike) and then venturing back up again, but it’s worth it!
Skyline Drive: This 105 mile National Scenic Byway runs the length of Shenandoah National Park, and it’s the only public road within the park, so you will use it to access four park entrances. This road is famous for its 75 amazing overlooks that boast stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley. If you want to bike in the park, this is where you can do it!
A U.S. Natural Landmark, Luray Caverns are the biggest and most visited caverns in the Eastern United States. This enormous, eerie cave system was discovered in 1878, and today, millions of guests make the journey to Luray every year to explore this massive underground world. Towering stone formations, cathedral-sized rooms, lakes, and other amazing natural wonders can all be seen on a guided tour.
Must-See Attractions in Luray Caverns
Luray Caverns is amazing regardless of where you are within the caves, but there are a few special attractions you don’t want to miss. Dream Lake is the largest body of water within Luray Caverns, and while it’s only 18-20 inches at its deepest point, the otherworldly reflections of the stalactites above makes it appear much larger. Giant’s Hall is a huge chamber that is home to the Double Column, the tallest column within the caverns at 47 staggering feet. And finally, your journey will accompanied by the haunting music of the Great Stalacpipe Organ.
Camping in Luray, Virginia
Ready to start your adventure? A Bucks View Cabin is a fantastic cabin rental in Luray, Virginia that you can call home while exploring Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns. Located in the shadow of the Shenandoah Mountains, this charming cabin can sleep up to 6 people and boasts a fabulous hot tub, screened-in-porch, grill, and breathtaking views! Book your stay today and start planning your next Virginia getaway today!