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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Front Royal Loop

Description

Front Royal (declared by the Governor to be the Canoe Capital of Virginia) has been a gateway to exploring western Virginia for over three hundred years. Its location at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountains leads the visitor to some of the finest habitats Virginia has to offer. To the north, mighty sycamores and numerous small streams that flow into the mighty Shenandoah River divide fields farmed for centuries. The Shenandoah winds through the Town of Front Royal from points further south, carving a valley between the Blue Ridge and the 40-mile long Massanutten Mountain. Follow the numerous trails that lead from the Shenandoah Valley to the lower slopes of these impressive mountains. Best experienced by canoe, kayak, or raft, the Shenandoah River offers a refreshing retreat from the summer sun and as the days grow colder, the river becomes a haven for waterfowl. At the valley's edge where the woods intrude on the fields, ruffed grouse, wild turkeys and white-tailed deer forage and raise their young. Climbing the slopes in spring will lead to an ever-changing assemblage of warblers and culminate in incredible vistas from West Virginia to the Atlantic Ocean. In the fall, these mighty ridges lead thousands of birds of prey south to their wintering grounds and will surely lead the visitor to additional memorable experiences.

Loop Map

Services

Berryville-Clarke County Chamber of Commerce
540.955.4200
info@clarkechamber.com

Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce
540.347.4414
mailbox@fauquierchamber.org

Front Royal Department of Tourism
800.338.2576
visitfr@shentel.net

Front Royal-Warren County Chamber
540.635.3185
kwalker@rmaonline.net

Shenandoah County Tourism
888.367.3934
tourism@co.shenandoah.va.us

Shenandoah Valley Travel Association
540.740.3132
info@svta.org

Strasburg Chamber of Commerce
540.465.3187
schamber@shentel.net

Warrenton-Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce
800.820.1021
visitorcenter@fauquierchamber.org

Winchester-Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
540.662.4118

Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau
540.450.0097
cvb@winchesterva.org

Woodstock Chamber of Commerce
540.459.2542
Woodstockcoc@yahoo.com

The Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail Program recommends checking the following Web sites for lodging, restaurants and other service providers:

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