Shenandoah Valley GreenWays
Friendly City Trail
The Friendly City Trail is a 2.5 Mile trail connecting Harrisonburg High School, Bluestone Elementary School, and Thomas Harrison Middle School, Hillandale Park and Westover Park in Harrisonburg. Perfect for families, runners and cyclists this trail connects Garber's Church Road with Westover, and Hillandale without having to get on West Market Street and South High Street, both of which are high traffic roads.
The current Northend Greenway in Harrisonburg is 1.2-mile trail connecting Northern Harrisonburg (Park View, Eastern Mennonite University, and the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community) with downtown Harrisonburg. It currently includes about .75 miles of dedicated shared use path as well as some short On-Road Path Connections. However, multiple other sections have been planned, some of which funding has already been secured.
The Bluestone Trail is a 1-mile shared-use path that connects people between James Madison University; Port Republic Road and Hillside Avenue; Purcell Park and the surrounding neighborhood; and businesses along Stone Spring Road. The shared-use path is 10-feet wide, hard surfaced, and is used by many walkers, joggers, and bicyclists for transportation and recreation.
Visitors driving to visit the Bluestone Trail can park their vehicles at Purcell Park.
This short .1 Mile shared greenway runs from Cooks Creek Park to Silver Lake and is a great spot for a short walk or run. Running along the creek, it has multiple benches where you can sit down and enjoy the peaceful country setting with a view of Mole Hill.
The small town of Grottoes, Virginia has a great 3.2 mile shared greenway running from their John E. Painter park to Grand Caverns. It is a great ride with the family and only has a few road crossings. If you ride out and back, you would have approximately 6.5 miles of riding on very flat terrain.
Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail
The Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail is a 2.3 mile gravel trail showcasing the impressive Blue Ridge Tunnel. If you are going to bike both ways, we recommend starting at the Southern or Afton end of the Trail. The northern end of the trail gets significantly steeper, and unless you have electric bikes, can be more challenging to climb up.
We recommend taking really good lights with you for the tunnel and being aware that the tunnel floor can be uneven.
This short greenway runs along the river in the little town of Luray, Virginia. If you park at the Southern end and ride it round trip, you will have approximately 3.3 miles of riding.