There’s no place like home so why not try one of these five great Blue Ridge backyard vacations. Spend the night, the weekend, or the week.
Blue Ridge Backyard Vacations
Why hassle with high gas prices and crowded airports when you can enjoy so many terrific recreational activities in the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley? Here’s a sample of what you can do.
Head to the River
When the heat and humidity are too much, just take to the river at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center. Feeling a little lazy (hey, it’s your vacation!)? Then enjoy drifting down the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers in a tube. With an all-day pass, beginners and young families can cool off with some flat water tubing while more experienced tubers can take advantage of the Class I-III rapids on the Potomac. Looking for more adventure? As well as tubing, Harpers Ferry Adventure Center provides whitewater thrills with rafting and kayaking.
And HFAC offers more than just water adventure. After cooling off in the river, take a trip through the trees with a zip line tour or test your skills in the aerial adventure park. Or stay on the ground with a Segway. Finish the day at Harper’s Ferry Brewing. Then get a good night’s sleep with some mountaintop or riverside camping or stay in one of the cozy (and air conditioned) cabins.
Resort Fun for Everyone
Here are three full service resorts for Blue Ridge backyard vacations. There’s one that’s sure to make memories for you and your family.
Capon Springs Farm & Resort: Just over the state line in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia you’ll find this family-owned mountain resort. Capon Springs takes you back to a simpler, less stressful time. There’s home cooking featuring meat and eggs from the farm – and plenty of it. You’ll need the calories as the resort has an abundance of activities such as two 9-hole golf courses and a refreshing spring fed pool. You’ll also want to sign up for the resort’s Caponchase Adventure. Go all around the resort, cracking codes and discovering natural and historical wonders. After all the fun, take a soak and get a massage at the bath house & spa while the children enjoy a kids camp program.
Bryce Resort: From the shores of Lake Laura to the top of the mountain, this intimate resort in the Shenandoah Valley packs a lot of vacation fun. Float in the peaceful lake on a tube, try your balance on a paddleboard, or tour the water with a paddle boat or kayak. Serious golfers will enjoy the 18-hole PGA Championship course while the rest of the gang enjoys mini and frisbee golf. Need a little adrenaline adventure? Bryce offers a downhill mountain bike park and ziplining. Plan your Blue Ridge backyard vacation to include a special dinner on the mountaintop. And while Bryce does not offer accommodations, their website has a contact list for vacation home rentals and nearby hotels.
More Resort Vacation Fun
Massanutten Resort: Look up “family vacation fun” in the dictionary and you’ll probably see a picture of this four season resort just outside of Harrisonburg, VA. As one of the top resorts on the East Coast, you’ll find 6000 acres of mountainside adventure and activity. During the summer, Massanutten is probably best known for its indoor/outdoor water park. Children of all ages (and yes, that includes “children at heart”) will enjoy the water fortress, inflatable adventures, body slides, pools, lazy river floats and hot tubs. And bring out your inner surfer dude with the Flowrider Endless Wave. Golf, recreational activities, a family adventure park, a dual mega zip line, and escape rooms round out your stay.
Virginia State Park “Staycation”
Did you know that Virginia is home to 38 state parks? Here in the Shenandoah Valley you’ll find one that’s great for Blue Ridge backyard vacations. A popular spot for anglers and canoeists is Shenandoah River State Park off Route 340 south of Front Royal, VA. This state park consists of 1600 acres with five miles of frontage on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. There are 15 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. And it’s the only state park with zip lines. Here you’ll find primitive riverside campsites, a campground with full service bath house as well as cabins. And, of course, beautiful views of Massanutten Mountain and Shenandoah National Park await you.
These are just a view of the backyard vacations offered in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley. To find more vacation ideas, visit Go Blue Ridge Travel.