Nestled in the heart of Virginia’s bucolic Shenandoah Valley, Massanutten Resort encompasses some 6,000 acres of Blue Ridge mountain terrain. Within its confines, visitors will find opportunities to engage in a plethora of outdoor activities that span the gamut from snow sports to zip line canopy tours. Visit in the summer time and you’ll be greeted by one of the best gravity-powered, downhill mountain bike parks on the East Coast. Come in the dead of winter and you’ll find top-notch skiing, snowboarding, tubing and ice skating. No matter what time of year you come to Massanutten, there will be five star farm to table fare, craft beer from local and regional producers, and mountain views for days.
Day One Options
Test Gravity at the Massanutten Bike Park
The Shenandoah Valley has become a hotspot for downhill mountain biking, and the Massanutten Bike Park is one of the best in the area. With two chairlifts that service a network of gravity-fed trails, Massanutten offers a great mix of purpose built trails tailor made for beginner, intermediate, and expert riders.
Hit the Slopes
If you’re visiting in winter, don’t miss the chance to hit some of the best slopes in the state of Virginia. Massanutten is home to wide groomed trails, a dedicated learner’s area, terrain parks and night skiing. Skiers and riders who visit Massanutten will have access to 14 runs serviced by 8 lifts. When snow is scarce, which is often the case in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, Massanuttten employs a unique snowmaking method that conserving energy by drawing water from a man made reservoir located on resort ground. If skiing and snowboarding aren’t your cup of tea, check out the tubing park or hit the ice skating rink.
Take a Canopy Tour
Want to see the mountains of Massanutten from a totally different perspective? Consider signing up for an exhilarating canopy tour. This 90-minute journey will take you across four different ziplines that range in length from 90 to 470 feet.
Day Two Options
Cross Country MTB on the “Western Slope”
One thing that sets the mountain biking scene at Massanutten apart from that of similar resorts in the area and around the country is its access to cross country trails in addition to the purpose-built downhill park. The undeveloped “Western Slope” of the property is home some 30 miles of well-maintained and clearly marked single track trails that wind up and down wooded terrain and are suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. The trails of the “Western Slope” are maintained by volunteers working with the nearby Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC). Those who volunteer their time with the SVBC are afforded access to this amazing network of trails. If you’re a mountain biker, don’t leave Massanutten without hitting the “Western Slope.”
Hike the Massanutten Ridge Trail
If you’re looking to access one of the best views Massanutten has to offer via your own two feet, look no further than the Massanutten Ridge Trail. This 4.7-mile, moderately trafficked out-and-back, offers stellar views of the nearby ski area and the mountains surrounding Massanutten. To access the trailhead, start at the parking lot at the end of Del Webb Drive. For an added bonus, consider timing your hike with a sunrise or a sunset and be sure to come prepared with sturdy hiking boots and plenty of water.
Where to Eat
All that hiking, mountain biking, skiing, or canopy touring is sure to build up your appetite. Luckily, Massanutten is carefully cultivating one of the best dining scenes in the entire Shenandoah Valley. With three top-notch restaurants to choose from, you’ll never want for great food and drink when visiting Massanutten.
This casual dining venue pays homage to the outdoors and the spirit of adventure, making it a must-visit destination for hungry campers of all ages. Camp stove chili, chicken dumplings, campfire pouches, and skillets are just a few favorites served at our scenic mountain setting. Just make sure to save room for the s’mores!
This indoor-outdoor bar and grill is the perfect location to enjoy a great local or regional craft beer on tap, but the food is not to be missed either. From fried mac ‘n’ cheese balls and house-made Bavarian pretzels to classic cheeseburgers and Southern staples like shrimp and grits, the Basecamp is the perfect place to refuel after a long day of Massanutten adventure.
Virginia BBQ and Pizza Co.
If you are craving a taste of down home southern barbecue, check out Massanutten’s all new Virginia Barbecue & Pizza Co. From their own custom built smoker, this eclectic establishment offers mouthwatering wood-smoked chicken, pork, and ribs accompanied by delicious, traditional southern sides. They also offer fresh breakfast every morning from 8 am to 11 am.
Where to Stay
Eagle Trace Town Homes
These charming town-house style units can accommodate anywhere from four to twelve occupants.
Two to four bedroom homes with all the amenities and sprawling mountain views.
The Massanutten Hotel is newly renovated and offers king or queen rooms.
Visit nearby Harrisonburg to get a feel for the bike and beer scene of the Shenandoah Valley!