Not only is Rockingham County the largest agriculture producing locality in Virginia, it also offers genuine and authentic attractions and experiences. We are rooted in agriculture in Rockingham and always looking to showcase our local farms and outdoor adventures.
Located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Rockingham County is home to mountains, gentle rolling farmland, small town festivals, historic battlefields, as well as an abundance of outdoor recreational and cultural adventures. This agriculture hub is also home to award-winning wineries, cideries, fresh produce, orchards, honey, meats and cheeses. Local artisans and crafters are bountiful within the many small communities. Every season has something new to offer in Rockingham County.

1. Enjoy a local lawn party
With dozens of festivals and events throughout the summer you will not want to miss one of the many lawn parties in the county coordinated by area organizations and offering all sorts of food to indulge.

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2. Tube on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River
With miles of rivers throughout the county, and over 5 boat landings, the South Fork of the Shenandoah River has plenty of options for long leisurely floats or much shorter stretches of the river.

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3. Explore Grand Caverns
The oldest show cave in America is located within our backyard. Check out the caverns where history runs deep!

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4. Visit a produce stand
Dotted throughout the county, farm stands are around every corner offering locally grown and top quality produce.

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5. Sip some cider at Old Hill
Enjoy 360 degree views and refreshing cider at Old Hill Cider located at Showalter’s Orchard and Greenhouses.

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6. Research genealogy at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society
With history around every corner, escape the heat by visiting the Heritage Museum in Dayton to see and experience the culture and history of the Shenandoah Valley.

7. Experience the Massanutten Waterpark

Whether you enjoy lounging or experiencing the thrill of the Rockingham Racer waterslide, the Indoor/Outdoor waterpark is worth the stop.

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8. Visit a Winery

With five wineries, there is a taste for every palate. Rockingham is home to Cross Keys Vineyards, Marceline Vineyards, Brix and Columns Vineyard, Bluestone Vineyard and The Purple WOLF Vineyard.

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9. Relax at Silver Lake Bed and Breakfast
Even if you are local, enjoy a weekend stay to relax at a historic inn. The log cabin provides a serene atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy a truly unique lodging opportunity.

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10. Dinner at Cracked Pillar Pub
Take a step back in time and enjoy historic hometown hospitality. The Cracked Pillar offers indoor and outdoor dining at the historic Barbee House in the Town of Bridgewater.

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11. Fish along the South River
Get your fishing fix along the South River in Grottoes this summer, not only is the area stocked with different varieties of fish, the park nearby park offers events throughout the summer.

12. Relax at Wildwood Park
Whether you are just picnicking in the park, sitting on the swing, walking on the trails or enjoying the downriver vista overlook there is something for all ages to enjoy at Wildwood Park in Bridgewater.

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13. Watch the Antique Tractor Parade in Bridgewater
As the largest agricultural community of Virginia, it is important to honor the agriculture roots of the community. The Antique Tractor Parade takes place on July 20 at 6pm in Bridgewater.

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14. Enter something in the Rockingham County Fair
From August 12-17 residents will show their animals, produce, crafts and more at the Rockingham County Fair for the opportunity to showcase the best of the best.

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15. Enroll in an art class at the Village Art Center
Even if you have never considered yourself an artist, everyone is welcome at The Village Art Center in Broadway. From Create and Play events for toddlers to basic pencil drawing classes for adults the Village Art Center will not disappoint.

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16. Shop at the Broadway Farmers Market
Locally roasted coffee, baked goods, beef, fresh eggs, produce and much more abound at the Broadway Farmers Market which takes place on Saturdays throughout the summer. Find fresh and local products at the source without the trip to the city.

Photo by the Broadway, VA Farmers Market

17. Drive on a scenic backroad
From Fulk’s Run, Bergton, Singers Glen, Beldor, Thoroughfare, Plains Mill, and Port Republic and everywhere in between our communities are linked by backroads through small communities. Turn off the GPS and take a turn down a windy road lined with farmland and mountain views.

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18. A Morning at the Dayton Market
With over 20 small shops, the Dayton Market is a staple within the community. Shop for gifts, toys, kitchen ware or even enjoy lunch of a sweet treat under one roof in the Town of Dayton.

19. Tour the White Oak Lavender Farm
This family owned farm is where anyone can go to relax in a family friendly environment. Enjoy the gardens, barn, and lavender shop with all sorts of specialty made products infused with Lavender. The farm is open year round with special events taking place every season.

20. Hike along Elk Run Trails
With over 15 miles of trails and ample amounts of wildlife, the Elk Run Trails are located behind the Elkton Area Community Center and offers a quiet place to get away and enjoy nature all within the Town of Elkton.

21. Shop in a downtown
With the most incorporated towns in Virginia, exploring the towns of Dayton, Elkton, Mt. Crawford, Bridgewater, Broadway, Timberville and Bridgewater is a must for any visitor or resident. Local favorites include Solace Studios, the Dayton Tavern, Smiley’s Ice Cream, and the Plains District Museum.

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22. Visit Mt. Crawford Creamery
The creamery is proud to milk, process and bottle all of their milk at their farm in Mt. Crawford. Visit the barn or even learn about the milking process while visiting the dairy cows. On top of taking home some milk, you can cool off with a sweet treat from Smiley’s Ice Cream next door which uses the milk from the creamery.

Photo by Joshua Gooden

Photo by Joshua Gooden

23. Watch a Rockingham County Baseball League game
No matter which team you are cheering for, you hit a home run when you catch a game of one of the teams in the nation’s oldest amateur baseball leagues. Teams not only represent small towns in the county they also represent much more rural communities in different corners of the valley.

24. Enjoy a scenic overlook
With over 30% of the land in the county designated as a National Forest or National Park there are all sorts of peaks and overlooks between the Blue Ridge, Massanutten and Allegheny Mountains. Peaks of interest include the High Knob Fire Tower overlooking the border of Virginia and West Virginia, the Massanutten Overlook, and the Oaks Overlook in Shenandoah National Park.

Photo by Joshua Gooden

25. Saturday Morning music at Blue Elk Coffee Company
Completing the bucket list includes a trip to Blue Elk Coffee Company on a Saturday morning to enjoy local acoustic music and guitar picking. The informal environment serves as a gathering place for residents and visitors alike to mingle and enjoy local musicians every week.