Travel to Shenandoah Valley and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Fresh air, breath taking mountain views, unlimited outdoor activities, and a chance to get away from the daily grind are all part of traveling to The Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia.  Today’s article features The Shenandoah Valley, a popular vacation destination in the mountains of Central Virginia, along with vacation cabin rentals in the area.  Shenandoah Valley Cabin Rentals with Mountain Views

Enjoy the Outdoor Wonders of Central Virginia

People who love outdoor activities will not find a better place to vacation – or to live – than Central Virginia.   There are so many things to do and natural wonders to explore, you’ll never tire of the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

When Stan Horst moved to Central Virginia 20 years ago, he found the perfect place to live.  Stan and his wife, Debbie, a Virginia native, own and operate Cabin Creekwood, a vacation rental business near Waynesboro.

Novice and expert hikers alike will find trails to suit their preference for a walk in the woods or a serious hike while taking in views from a mountain top or a cascading waterfall.  Some of the options for hiking are:

•    The Appalachian Trail covers over 2100 miles from Maine to Georgia and is the nation’s longest marked footpath.   The Appalachain Trail in Central Virginia crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway a number of times and can be easily accessed just two miles from Cabin Creekwood.
•    Humpback Rocks Trail leads to Humpback Rocks, to Humpback Mountain and to the Humpback Rocks picnic area.  From this trail, ambitious hikers take a spur trail to a strenuous 700 foot climb providing amazing views of the Rockfish and Shenandoah Valleys.  Continuing one more mile, hikers reach the summit of Humpback Mountain with views of the mountain ridges to the north.
•    Spy Rock Trail is one of the Horst’s favorite hikes just for the incredible views offered.   According to legend, Confederate Soldiers used Spy Rock as a lookout for Union Troops.  Once you reach Spy Rock you’ll understand why.
•    Crabtree Falls is said to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia and the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi.   This natural wonder with five cascades is definitely a must-see for visitors to the area.  Anyone can enjoy Crabtree Falls as the first cascade is handicapped accessible.  After walking to the bottom of the lowest falls, the trail becomes dirt and you are on one of nine switchbacks that take you to the top of the Falls.  With guardrails on the steeper parts, the trail is well maintained and there are railed observation points for the most scenic overlooks.  It may be tempting to climb over the stone wall to the uppermost falls but resist the urge as the rocks are covered with algae and are very slippery.
•    Torry Ridge Trail is 7 miles long and follows the crest of Torry Ridge, providing great views of wilderness areas.

Caverns are a popular tourist destination in the Shenandoah Valley.  The closest caverns to Cabin Creekwood, Grand Caverns, are less commercialized than many similar cavern attractions perhaps due to being operated by a regional park authority.  Stan often recommends Grand Caverns as his personal favorite.  The Cathedral Hall, which is 289 feet long and over 70 feet high, is an awesome sight with its massive columns, rippling flowstone, and rare “shield” formations.  This cave was visited by both Confederate and Union Soldiers and has over 230 verified signatures of Civil War soldiers.

Luray Caverns are perhaps the best known caverns in Virginia attracting people from all over North America and more than 50 foreign countries.   Well-lighted walkways wind through huge chambers with breathtaking stalactites and cathedral sized rooms then lead to mirror-perfect pools of water.  Guides at Luray share stories about the science behind the natural wonders and how the caverns were discovered.   This is the home of the world’s only “stalacpipe organ” which plays haunting music on natural formations.

-Stan Horst

Cabin Creekwood Virginia Mountain Cabin RentalsCabin Creekwood, located in Lyndhurst, is a great Blue Ridge Mountain vacation rental company.  They offer a variety of Shenandoah Valley vacation rental cabins. From historic log cabins, to Virginia cabins for rent that are perfect for families with children, Cabin Creekwood has a mountain accommodation that is perfect for your holiday getaway. Their is a nice pool that is available for guests as well. While the cabins are secluded, Lyndhurst’s central Shenandoah Valley location means you’re only a few short miles from exciting attractions like Wintergreen Ski Resort, the George Washington National Forest, and Sherando Lake. The cabins are two hours from Richmond, three hours from Washington DC, and four hours from Norfolk.

Stan’s website is a fantastic resource for people interested in traveling to the mountains of Central Virginia. Let Cabin Creekwood be your guide for popular and exciting outdoor activities like fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and more.  If golfing is always part of your vacation plans then check out golf courses near the area.

Sherando Lake Canoe Rentals in Central VirginiaCabin Creekwood also provides kayak rentals & canoes for rent which can be delivered to guests or picked up for use at one of The Shenandoah Valley’s many lakes, rivers and streams: Sherando Lake, South Fork Shenandoah River, Tye River, James River, Mossy Creek, St. Mary’s River, Staunton Dam, Elkhorn Lake, Lake Nelson, South River, and Back Creek.

Contact Cabin Creekwood:
Phone: 888-942-2246
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6 thoughts on “Travel to Shenandoah Valley and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

  • location espagne

    I have personal experience traveling here. The most romantic place that I like is Crabtree Falls. It has most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia.

  • Matt Stephenson Post author

    Hello Holly,

    It has been awhile since I published that article featuring Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley area. I cannot remember if it was supplied by the owner of Cabin Creekwood, Stan Horst. I contact him today and do some research in order to get you in touch with the photographer or place the creative commons image was pulled from. Thanks for stopping by Rent It Today’s travel destination blog category.

  • Holly Sten

    I am working on an exhibit for the National Park Service in Middletown, VA and I would love to be able to use the beautiful sunset/rise image from the Shenandoah Vacation Cabin Rental page. Could you help me get in contact with the photographer? Thanks so any help you can provide. – Holly Sten

  • MtnScapes

    Based on my personal experience, I advocate a trip to these mountains. They are a must visit if you really dream of seeing nature from closer quarters. Lounge beside Lake Blue Ridge, set up a camp there, torch a fire, go fishing and relax. If you are more of an indoor person, stay within and have a good time hanging out with family. Both ways, you get the best! Go there once and experience natural majesty. The trip is worth it!

  • Buy Log Cabins

    cool article, I’m a fan of log cabins, I actually Build my own log cabins, and it’s great time spent

  • Richard

    Shenandoah Valley is a worthwhile place to visit in both seasons (winter and summer). We have been there several times and always got a breathtaking trip experience. This is one place that has wide variety of natural beauty and quality B and B.

    Best Regards,