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Attractions: Crabtree Falls & Blue Ridge Parkway

Area

Osceola is ideally located only 15 mins to many of the most significant sites in the Shenandoah Valley including Staunton’s Blackfriars Playhouse or Lexington’s Virginia Military Institute or Washington and Lee University.  Only 5 mins form mile 27 on the Blue Ridge Parkway or exit 205 I81 at Cyrus McCormick Farm.

 

 

Berry Picking

Orchardside Berry Farm

Located 5 miles west of Raphine on Hwy. 606  540-348-5220

Canoeing, Kayaking & Tubing

Twin River Outfitters

Glasgow, VA  540-261-7334  www.canoevirginia.net

Carriage tours

Carriage tours of Lexington  540-463 5647

Narrated, horse drawn carriage tours of Lexington daily April - October

Equestrian Centers

The Lexington Horse Center  540-463-4300

World class horse shows, dressage, sales rodeos and other events.

Fishing

There are many lakes, streams, and pristine trout rivers in the area offering trout, bass, & catfish.  Some restrictions including licenses apply.  VA Trout Stocking Hot-Line  434-525-3474

Buffalo Creek Catch & Release Fly Fishing   540-463-5903

Offering instruction and guided fishing trips

Wild Mountain Trout Fly Fishing  540-294-0354

Gardens

Boxerwood Gardens  540-463-2697  Just west of Lexington, self guided tours March - November, Thursday-Sunday, donations suggested.

Golf

The Country Club of Staunton 540-248-7278

Ingleside Resort, Staunton VA 540-248-1201

Winton Country Club Hwy 151 Clifford, VA 434-946-7336

Wintergreen Resort (two courses) 804-325-8250

Hiking

Here are just a few of the many trails in this hiking Mecca.

Crabtree Falls

The highest falls east of the Mississippi, a moderately strenuous 3 mile hike to the top.

St. Mary's Falls

Located only 2 miles from the Mill. Fairly technical due to a flood that washed away parts of the trail.  Many crystal clear pools with cascading waterfalls, great swimming holes in the summer.

Humpback Rock Trail

North about 20 miles on the Blue ridge Parkway, this very steep but short trail leads to a magnificent vantage point atop bare rocks, with 360 degree panoramic views.

Appalachian Trail

One of the most famous, it stretches from Maine to Georgia along the mountains.  It crosses the Parkway about eight miles North at County rd. 814 and crosses Rt. 56 10 miles east.

Hunting

For information on the National Forests Lands 540-291-2188 and State lands 804-367-1000

Horseback Riding

New Meadow Farm  540-377-6169 or 540-290-5790 by appointment only

Virginia Mountain Outfitters  540-261-1910 by appointment only

Museums

Cyrus McCormick Farm & Museum

Only 2 miles west on Hwy 606, Restored mill with working waterwheel, and small museum displaying the wheat reaper of 1831. Free admission

P. Buckley Moss Museum

One of America's favorite artist's gallery & museum, about 30 min drive, Waynesboro 540-949-6476

Robert E. Lee Chapel and Museum

On the campus of W & L and across from the President's House, the Chapel is where Robert E. Lee and his family lie buried; his beloved horse Traveler is interred just outside.  Downstairs is a fine small museum containing his office, just as he left it, and family items from Lee's postwar years in Lexington as President of the University.

VMI Hall of Valor

Upstairs is a huge painting of the VMI cadet charge at the Battle of New Market in 1864. Downstairs the museum depicts cadet life and the history of VMI, its many famous graduates, and its most famous professor, Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson.  It has a fine collection of antique firearms.

George C. Marshall Museum

On the VMI campus, this museum honors VMI graduate General Marshall's life and achievements.  Huge electronic map traces WWII in Europe.

Stonewall Jackson House

The only home owned by one of the most famous and revered Southern generals in the war between the States.  Slide film and tour of the house an gardens emphasize Jackson's personal life.  On Washington St., a block from the Visitor's Center

Museum of Frontier Culture

Living History exhibit of authentic, reconstructed ancestral farmsteads actually moved here from Northern Ireland, England, and Germany to illustrate the folkways and lifestyles of the first white settlers in the Shenandoah Valley.  Knowledgeable interpreters in period costumes explain and demonstrate as you walk from farm to farm.

Woodrow Wilson Birthplace

America's WWI President, one of eight presidents from Virginia, was born in the parsonage of the First Presbyterian Church, now authentically restored.  The museum addresses the history of his era, Wilson's career and shows his immaculately restored Pierce Arrow limousine.  The lovely terraced gardens are open to the public

Statler Brothers Complex

The former public school where the famed music group studied is now a museum and store,  which traces their career. 540-332-5219

Natural Wonders

Natural Bridge

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, 45min south on Rt. 11.  Mammoth limestone span is grand and beautiful. There is also a nature walk, including a Monacan Indian village and ending at the Bridal Veil Falls.  There is also a safari park & zoo.  800-533-1410

Natural Chimneys

Approximately 1 hour north near Mt. Solon.  Seven towers of stone rise 120 feet above the meadowlands.  Picnic sites and hiking trails.  March-October.  Jousting Tournament.  888-430-CAMP

Peaks of Otter

Two high peaks of the Blue Ridge about 1 hour south on the Parkway.  Visitor's Center, restaurant, lodging, & hiking trails.

Luray Caverns  540-743-6551

Shenandoah Caverns  888-4 CAVERN

Endless Caverns  540-896-2283

Grand Caverns  888-430 CAVE

Natural Bridge Caverns 800-533-1410

Picnics

The Blue Ridge Parkway going north or south provides many pull offs and overlooks which are great for picnics.  Seven miles south, Yankee Horse Gap has a rebuilt section of narrow gauge logging track and a nice waterfall only a few steps from the picnic benches.

A few minutes west on Hwy. 606 is the McCormick Farm Wayside with picnic area.

Goshen pass on Hwy 39 west of Lexington offers a nice picnic area with grills and a pavilion with stone fireplace next to the scenic Maury river

To help with all your picnic needs is Gertie's General Store, 1/2 mile east of the Mill which will pack you a picnic lunch.

Skiing

Wintergreen Resort  804-325-220

The Homestead Resort  800-383-1766

Massanutten Resort  540-289-9441

Swimming Holes

Goshen Pass - Breathtaking mountain gorge with deep swimming holes along Rt. 39

St. Mary's Falls - Just 2 miles north of the Mill with crystal clear pools all along the river.

Theaters

Black friar's Playhouse  Accurate reproduction of Shakespeare Theater offering seasonal Shakespeare productions.  Staunton 540-885-5588

Theater at Lime Kiln in Lexington offer professional musicals, dramas, and musicians in an open are theater May-October.  Also indoor productions November-April.  540463-7088