Located only 75 miles west of the nation’s capital, Clarke County is an escape for anyone looking to get away from the crowds and big cities. Clarke County is committed to preserving our scenic beauty and agricultural heritage as well as our natural and historic resources.
What is your interest? Outdoor adventures? Live music and a cold beverage? Country cooking or fine dining? Maybe you want to spend time on a farm picking fruit or finding the perfect Christmas tree. We can check those boxes on your list.
If it is outdoor adventure you are looking for, we’ve got you covered. The iconic Shenandoah River meanders right through our County. Get your canoe or kayak and make a day of it. Otherwise, grab your tube and take a lazy float while watching bald eagles feeding and nesting along the river. Numerous birds and mammals can be seen in their natural habitat all along the river.
For a little more workout, put on your backpack and take a hike! The famous Appalachian Trail is also a part of our community. Our Blue Ridge Mountains offer some of the most beautiful vistas you have ever seen. See the Shenandoah River flows right up to our gently rolling farmlands. In addition, there are numerous trails and walking paths at places like University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm or Shenandoah University’s River Campus at Cool Springs – or even the scenic trails in our county parks.
Want to be entertained? Well we have got that covered too. Numerous local establishments regularly host live entertainment and family-friendly events. Local musicians and craftspeople are always highlighting their talents. Plan on stopping by Dinosaur Land and get your picture taken beside a 20-foot tall t-rex. Do not forget fair season! Check out that prize-winning rabbit, rooster or cow. Buy a freshly cooked chicken dinner and grab at seat at a table with locals who will share all their knowledge. Ride the ferris-go-round and bring back those wonderful childhood memories – or create your own.
Clarke County’s agricultural heritage is something we take great pride in. We have a long list of local farms and farmers markets that can meet all your family’s needs. Everything from freshly made cheeses and sauces to just-picked carrots and tomatoes – and so much more – are available. Talk with one of our local farmers to know how, and see where, their fresh produce comes from. During the spring and summer, Clarke County’s Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday with a bounty of meats and produce to help you finish off your grocery list.
Our local award-winning wineries are a great stop near the end of your day. Not only will you be treated to fruity or zesty aromas, but also you will relax in a comfortable chair while overlooking the hillside where those grapes were nurtured and picked. Breakfast, lunch or dinner on the menu? From the local main street diner for a fresh stack to a local spot for a gyro or Greek salad – it is here. End your day at any of our local B&Bs with choices of an award-winning restaurant serving modern French/American cuisine or those that serve up their own local delectable favorites.
Clarke County has something for families and couples of all ages as well as intrepid individuals. Whether you are looking for a quick get-away for the weekend, or a longer stay, Clarke County can keep you entertained. Bring your camera to capture all those memories you will want to share with your friends and family.