How to Enjoy the Great Outdoors Month in the Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley was Made for the Great Outdoors Month

June is the Great Outdoors Month, and the Shenandoah Valley is one of the best places in the world to enjoy it!

Besides our rich history, guests of the Iris Inn love to pack a lunch and head off to enjoy sightseeing the Blue Ridge Mountains, kayaking, hiking local trails, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and more.

And you can, too! Here are five guest-favorite activities that wow everyone!

The Great Outdoors Month Has To Include the Shenandoah National Park

Great Outdoors Month

An irreplaceable natural treasure, the Shenandoah National Park is a nature lover’s dream. Come and just breathe the fresh mountain air. Or, take a hike and bring a picnic lunch.

The Park also has events and programs throughout the year that make learning fun for both adults and children. The Skyline Drive is located in the Park, too. Take a drive and enjoy the mountain scenery, cascading waterfalls, and wildlife.

When you visit the Park, bring a sense of wonder. It’s really all you need!



Kayak Rentals

Paddle the Park

Laze your way down the river in a kayak with Waynesboro’s Paddle the Park in Ridgeview Park.

Available on the weekends, this local favorite can be enjoyed in hourly increments for both solo and tandem kayaking. It’s a beautiful way to spend Saturday and Sunday afternoons during the summer.



Crabtree Falls



One of the tallest sets of waterfalls in the US east of the mighty Mississippi, Crabtree Falls is a series of five major cascades totaling a distance of 1200 feet.

You can hike all of it, which will take about three hours, or just part of it. Either way, it’s nature at her finest!





Blue Ridge Parkway

blue ridge parkway virginia

It’s 469 miles of spectacular scenery, and we dare you to get enough of it! From the Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway stuns with natural beauty.

The Parkway boasts 100 species of trees, many varieties of flowering wildflowers and shrubs, 54 different mammals and 59 species of birds. That’s more than the entire European continent!

Take a day and drive a section of the Parkway. Be sure to stop at the overlooks and enjoy the most spectacular beauty in the world.

Aren’t these some terrific ways to leave behind the stresses of the day? The best news is, there are plenty other outdoor adventures awaiting you when you visit us.


Big Meadows 

Big Meadows Lodge

Photo Credit: John Messner


Big Meadows on the Skyline Drive also has events that our guests enjoy attending. At dusk, you can hike into the “big meadow” and see the mountain sky change colors. Look for animals signs, seasonal plants, and all of the wonderful ecosystems the meadow holds.

So pack a bag. Make your reservation with us here, and fall in love with the Great Outdoors all over again!