Hensley Hollow Guidebook

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Hensley Hollow Guidebook

Attractions

Discover eastern America's largest and most popular caverns. A US Natural Landmark noted for the profuse variety of formation and unsurpassed natural color. From well-lighted, paved walkways explore cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high, filled with towering stone columns and crystal-clear pools. Also hear the haunting sounds of the world's only Stalacpipe Organ creating music of symphonic quality from stone formations. In addition, experience the history of America at the Car & Carriage Caravan in an exhibit featuring over 140 items relating to transportation including cars, carriages and coaches dating from 1725, along with the Luray Valley Museum, a collection of restored historic buildings creating a small 19th farming community including a Shenandoah Valley museum showcasing artifacts from the 1750's to the 1920's. The attraction complex also includes a one acre ornamental garden - The Garden Maze - creating one of the largest hedge mazes in the Mid-Atlantic states.
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Luray Caverns
101 Cave Hill Road
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Discover eastern America's largest and most popular caverns. A US Natural Landmark noted for the profuse variety of formation and unsurpassed natural color. From well-lighted, paved walkways explore cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high, filled with towering stone columns and crystal-clear pools. Also hear the haunting sounds of the world's only Stalacpipe Organ creating music of symphonic quality from stone formations. In addition, experience the history of America at the Car & Carriage Caravan in an exhibit featuring over 140 items relating to transportation including cars, carriages and coaches dating from 1725, along with the Luray Valley Museum, a collection of restored historic buildings creating a small 19th farming community including a Shenandoah Valley museum showcasing artifacts from the 1750's to the 1920's. The attraction complex also includes a one acre ornamental garden - The Garden Maze - creating one of the largest hedge mazes in the Mid-Atlantic states.
Entering the park here at Swift Run entrance gives you an opportunity to travel north or south along Skyline Drive and experience Shenandoah National Park. You'll notice mile posts as you travel. Use these as references to find everything from dining and lodging to trails and visitor centers. Travel north and you will reach the Big Meadows area with a scenic meadow, Byrd Visitor Center, and plenty of options for hiking, lodging, and dining. Travel south and you will ride through a quieter section of Shenandoah National Park with beautiful overlooks and trails.
Shenandoah National Park Sign - Swift Run Gap Entrance Station
Entering the park here at Swift Run entrance gives you an opportunity to travel north or south along Skyline Drive and experience Shenandoah National Park. You'll notice mile posts as you travel. Use these as references to find everything from dining and lodging to trails and visitor centers. Travel north and you will reach the Big Meadows area with a scenic meadow, Byrd Visitor Center, and plenty of options for hiking, lodging, and dining. Travel south and you will ride through a quieter section of Shenandoah National Park with beautiful overlooks and trails.
This all-season resort includes seasonal skiing, golf courses and hiking trails. Amenities include a waterpark, entertainment venues and a spa. Dining options include a restaurant, a lounge, a deli and a candy shop.
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Massanutten Resort
1822 Resort Drive
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This all-season resort includes seasonal skiing, golf courses and hiking trails. Amenities include a waterpark, entertainment venues and a spa. Dining options include a restaurant, a lounge, a deli and a candy shop.
The museum is located in a house that served as the headquarters of General Stonewall Jackson during the beginning of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign. The exhibit features many items from the Civil War era and some articles belonging to Jackson. Open from May 29 to Sept. 4. Sunday only. Other hours by appointment.
Miller-Kite House
310 East Rockingham Street
The museum is located in a house that served as the headquarters of General Stonewall Jackson during the beginning of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign. The exhibit features many items from the Civil War era and some articles belonging to Jackson. Open from May 29 to Sept. 4. Sunday only. Other hours by appointment.
A National Natural Landmark, Grand Caverns was discovered in 1804 by Bernard (Barnette) Weyer while trying to retrieve one of his hunting traps. Weyer's Cave opened for tours in 1806, making Grand Caverns the oldest continually operating show cave in the United States.
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Grand Caverns
5 Grand Caverns Blvd
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A National Natural Landmark, Grand Caverns was discovered in 1804 by Bernard (Barnette) Weyer while trying to retrieve one of his hunting traps. Weyer's Cave opened for tours in 1806, making Grand Caverns the oldest continually operating show cave in the United States.
Skyline Caverns opened to the public in 1939 and have welcomed millions of guests in the past eight decades. They also have a Mirror Maze, a miniature train, and a nature trail.
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Skyline Caverns
10344 Stonewall Jackson Highway
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Skyline Caverns opened to the public in 1939 and have welcomed millions of guests in the past eight decades. They also have a Mirror Maze, a miniature train, and a nature trail.
Interested in a river trip? Rent a kayak, canoe, or do some tubing with Shenandoah River Adventures. Just east of Harrisonburg and only 15 minutes from Massanutten Resort, they feature river trips appropriate for everyone from beginner to expert. They can also arrange fishing opportunities. All trips are by appointment only. Same day appointments are available on some dates, and we can usually accommodate walk-ins. It is best, however, to reserve in advance. Visit their website at www.shenandoahriveradventures.com for more information.
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Shenandoah River Adventures L.L.C.
415 Long Avenue
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Interested in a river trip? Rent a kayak, canoe, or do some tubing with Shenandoah River Adventures. Just east of Harrisonburg and only 15 minutes from Massanutten Resort, they feature river trips appropriate for everyone from beginner to expert. They can also arrange fishing opportunities. All trips are by appointment only. Same day appointments are available on some dates, and we can usually accommodate walk-ins. It is best, however, to reserve in advance. Visit their website at www.shenandoahriveradventures.com for more information.

Coffee

Local coffee shop that roasts all coffee in-house. Their Salvadoran and Colombian coffee is bought directly from the families growing it. If you are a fan of artisanal coffee at a good price, make sure to stop by here to check out their selection.
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The Blue Elk Coffee Shop & Roastery
315 W Spotswood Trail
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Local coffee shop that roasts all coffee in-house. Their Salvadoran and Colombian coffee is bought directly from the families growing it. If you are a fan of artisanal coffee at a good price, make sure to stop by here to check out their selection.

Hiking

This nearby hike is a circuit that takes you to the base of a 83’ waterfall. A great hike for wildflower and bird enthusiasts, alike! This hike has one stream crossing. This 3.3-mile circuit hike is rated Moderate on the Shenandoah's Hiking Difficulty scale.
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South River Falls Trail
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This nearby hike is a circuit that takes you to the base of a 83’ waterfall. A great hike for wildflower and bird enthusiasts, alike! This hike has one stream crossing. This 3.3-mile circuit hike is rated Moderate on the Shenandoah's Hiking Difficulty scale.
Pets are not allowed on this hike. Bearfence Mountain holds two routes that can be taken to get to amazing viewpoints. Bearfence Rock Scramble features an intense scramble that should not be taken if wet or icy! This 1.1 mile round trip hike takes you to a magnificent 360-degree view of the Virginia Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley. Bearfence Viewpoint takes you to a 180-degree view of the Shenandoah Valley without a rock scramble. This 1.1 mile route is rated Easiest on the Shenandoah's Hiking Difficulty scale.
Bearfence Mountain
Pets are not allowed on this hike. Bearfence Mountain holds two routes that can be taken to get to amazing viewpoints. Bearfence Rock Scramble features an intense scramble that should not be taken if wet or icy! This 1.1 mile round trip hike takes you to a magnificent 360-degree view of the Virginia Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley. Bearfence Viewpoint takes you to a 180-degree view of the Shenandoah Valley without a rock scramble. This 1.1 mile route is rated Easiest on the Shenandoah's Hiking Difficulty scale.
Pets are not allowed on this hike. This hike features several picturesque overlooks as it passes through woodlands of varying ages on Loft Mountain. This 1.2-mile circuit hike is rated Easiest on the Shenandoah's Hiking Difficulty scale.
Frazier Discovery Trail
Pets are not allowed on this hike. This hike features several picturesque overlooks as it passes through woodlands of varying ages on Loft Mountain. This 1.2-mile circuit hike is rated Easiest on the Shenandoah's Hiking Difficulty scale.
Hightop Mountain is a 3-mile round trip hike rated as Moderate on the Shenandoah Hiking Difficulty scale. Wind your way up a ridge on this hike to a rocky viewpoint that stands at 3,296 feet. This 3-mile round trip hike is rated Moderate on the Shenandoah's Hiking Difficulty scale.
Hightop Mountain Parking Area
Hightop Mountain is a 3-mile round trip hike rated as Moderate on the Shenandoah Hiking Difficulty scale. Wind your way up a ridge on this hike to a rocky viewpoint that stands at 3,296 feet. This 3-mile round trip hike is rated Moderate on the Shenandoah's Hiking Difficulty scale.
Pets are not allowed on this hike. The steep descent following a stream to this beautiful waterfall is one of the Park’s most traveled trails. This trail is short, but very steep and rocky. The return climb is challenging! Know your limits and take your time, especially when the trail is wet and slippery. This 1.4-mile circuit hike is rated Moderate on the Shenandoah's Hiking Difficulty scale.
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Dark Hollow Falls Trailhead
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Pets are not allowed on this hike. The steep descent following a stream to this beautiful waterfall is one of the Park’s most traveled trails. This trail is short, but very steep and rocky. The return climb is challenging! Know your limits and take your time, especially when the trail is wet and slippery. This 1.4-mile circuit hike is rated Moderate on the Shenandoah's Hiking Difficulty scale.
Also known as the Laurel Prong Loop Trailhead, this circuit hike leads to Camp Rapidan, the rustic getaway of President Herbert Hoover and First Lady Lou Henry Hoover. Today, this restful spot features exhibits on the First Couple and their perspectives. This hike contains three stream crossings. This 7.4-mile circuit hike is rated Moderately Strenuous on the Shenandoah's Hiking Difficulty scale.
Mill Prong Trail
Also known as the Laurel Prong Loop Trailhead, this circuit hike leads to Camp Rapidan, the rustic getaway of President Herbert Hoover and First Lady Lou Henry Hoover. Today, this restful spot features exhibits on the First Couple and their perspectives. This hike contains three stream crossings. This 7.4-mile circuit hike is rated Moderately Strenuous on the Shenandoah's Hiking Difficulty scale.
Featuring hikes with adventurous rock scrambles and 360-degree views that make you feel like you're on top of the world, there's no wonder why Old Rag is the most popular destination in Shenandoah National Park. While highly rewarding, hiking to the summit of Old Rag is also very physically demanding and can be dangerous if you have not planned properly. In order to ensure your safety and make the most out of your hike, be sure that you understand the basics of hiking safety before you set out on your adventure.
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Old Rag Mountain
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Featuring hikes with adventurous rock scrambles and 360-degree views that make you feel like you're on top of the world, there's no wonder why Old Rag is the most popular destination in Shenandoah National Park. While highly rewarding, hiking to the summit of Old Rag is also very physically demanding and can be dangerous if you have not planned properly. In order to ensure your safety and make the most out of your hike, be sure that you understand the basics of hiking safety before you set out on your adventure.

Food

This diner serves sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs, omelets, biscuits and gravy, and slices of seasonal pie.
Elkton’s Grub&Gab Diner
105 South Terrace Avenue
This diner serves sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs, omelets, biscuits and gravy, and slices of seasonal pie.
This restaurant serves sandwiches, subs, and pizza. Their pizza showcase features creations not currently offered on the menu and can be seen on display.
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Elkton Goodfellas
100 S Stuart Ave
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This restaurant serves sandwiches, subs, and pizza. Their pizza showcase features creations not currently offered on the menu and can be seen on display.
Located in Harrisonburg, this worker-owned cafe features mostly vegetarian meals & breakfast in cozy, whimsical surroundings.
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The Little Grill Collective
621 North Main Street
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Located in Harrisonburg, this worker-owned cafe features mostly vegetarian meals & breakfast in cozy, whimsical surroundings.
Located in Harrisonburg, Jack Brown's is known for their 100% Wagyu Beef Burgers and large variety of craft beers.
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Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint Harrisonburg
80 South Main Street
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Located in Harrisonburg, Jack Brown's is known for their 100% Wagyu Beef Burgers and large variety of craft beers.
This mellow cantina has a vibrant wall mural and comfy patio. They offer an ample menu of Mexican dishes. Raul Castillo grew up in northern Mexico, immigrating across the border in 1992 through El Paso, Texas. His seasoning and cooking style were nurtured while growing up in his Mom’s kitchen.
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El Paso Mexican Grille
245 S Stuart Ave
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This mellow cantina has a vibrant wall mural and comfy patio. They offer an ample menu of Mexican dishes. Raul Castillo grew up in northern Mexico, immigrating across the border in 1992 through El Paso, Texas. His seasoning and cooking style were nurtured while growing up in his Mom’s kitchen.
This ice cream shop features milkshakes, sundaes, and scoops.
Elkton Creamery
302 West Spotswood Trail
This ice cream shop features milkshakes, sundaes, and scoops.
This authentic Italian restaurant features salads, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and more.
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Ciro's Italian Eatery
101 Downey Knolls Drive
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This authentic Italian restaurant features salads, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and more.
This local restaurant is known for it's burgers. They also make soups, salads, and milkshakes.
Old 33 Beer & Burger Grill, Inc.
159 West Rockingham Street
This local restaurant is known for it's burgers. They also make soups, salads, and milkshakes.
This restaurant is the Shenandoah Valley's most unique food-service operation. Entering their 20th year, their goal has always been to offer the highest quality food and service to their customers at an affordable price. Their culinary philosophy is pride without pretension. You’ll find upscale Southern dishes….whether it’s Southwestern-style, Cajun and Creole or Good Ole’ Texas Beef Brisket and Ribs with Southeastern sides, they've got you covered. All of their foods are made from scratch using raw products; they bake their own breads and desserts, smoke their meats purely over hickory, and hand-cut their own steaks and seafood. At Hank’s they strive to provide a dining experience that is always five-stars, every time!
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Hank's Grille & Catering
49 Bloomer Springs Road
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This restaurant is the Shenandoah Valley's most unique food-service operation. Entering their 20th year, their goal has always been to offer the highest quality food and service to their customers at an affordable price. Their culinary philosophy is pride without pretension. You’ll find upscale Southern dishes….whether it’s Southwestern-style, Cajun and Creole or Good Ole’ Texas Beef Brisket and Ribs with Southeastern sides, they've got you covered. All of their foods are made from scratch using raw products; they bake their own breads and desserts, smoke their meats purely over hickory, and hand-cut their own steaks and seafood. At Hank’s they strive to provide a dining experience that is always five-stars, every time!

Breweries and Wineries

This is a family owned and operated, small-town nano brewery. Their building was built in 1890 originally to host Elkton Milling Company. The family intentionally preserved and exposed many of the original architectural features, including brick walls, the second floor beams, and the rare, beautiful, and impressive American Chestnut columns.
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Elkton Brewing Co. / Elkton Brewing Company
100 5th Street
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This is a family owned and operated, small-town nano brewery. Their building was built in 1890 originally to host Elkton Milling Company. The family intentionally preserved and exposed many of the original architectural features, including brick walls, the second floor beams, and the rare, beautiful, and impressive American Chestnut columns.
This 6th generation farm was granted to the Hopkins family by King George II of England in 1759. This land grant, which was written onto a sheepskin deed, gave the Hopkins family rights to farm over 1,000 acres of land. Since this point the farm has grown and shrunk and now sits at 359 acres. They grow their own barley, hops, and pull water from a family well that has been in our family for generations to make their beer.
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Cave Hill Farms Brewery
1001 Jacob Burner Drive
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This 6th generation farm was granted to the Hopkins family by King George II of England in 1759. This land grant, which was written onto a sheepskin deed, gave the Hopkins family rights to farm over 1,000 acres of land. Since this point the farm has grown and shrunk and now sits at 359 acres. They grow their own barley, hops, and pull water from a family well that has been in our family for generations to make their beer.
This local winery has panoramic mountain views. They are currently growing seven varietals: Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot, Vidal, and Viognier.
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Brix & Columns Vineyards
1501 Dave Berry Rd
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This local winery has panoramic mountain views. They are currently growing seven varietals: Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot, Vidal, and Viognier.
White Oak Lavender Farm is owned and operated by the Haushalter family in Harrisonburg, Virginia. They grow over 8,000 lavender plants and about 3,000 grape vines in many interesting varieties. They harvest their lavender plants in the summer to dry the flowers for buds and to extract the essential oil and hydrosol or floral water through steam distillation. They harvest their grapes in the Fall to make 10 delicious wines.
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White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple WOLF Vineyard
2644 Cross Keys Road
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White Oak Lavender Farm is owned and operated by the Haushalter family in Harrisonburg, Virginia. They grow over 8,000 lavender plants and about 3,000 grape vines in many interesting varieties. They harvest their lavender plants in the summer to dry the flowers for buds and to extract the essential oil and hydrosol or floral water through steam distillation. They harvest their grapes in the Fall to make 10 delicious wines.
Located in Harrisonburg, Sage Bird Ciderworks uses locally-sourced fruit and flavor to produce small-batch, hand-crafted hard cider that honors tradition and welcomes the future.
Sage Bird Ciderworks
325 North Liberty Street
Located in Harrisonburg, Sage Bird Ciderworks uses locally-sourced fruit and flavor to produce small-batch, hand-crafted hard cider that honors tradition and welcomes the future.
Early Mountain produces elegant wines that are both accessible and exceptional. Their tasting room serves a full restaurant menu crafted from seasonal produce from local farms where you can enjoy a leisurely meal with stunning views of the Blue Ridge foothills.
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Early Mountain Vineyards
6109 Wolftown-Hood Road
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Early Mountain produces elegant wines that are both accessible and exceptional. Their tasting room serves a full restaurant menu crafted from seasonal produce from local farms where you can enjoy a leisurely meal with stunning views of the Blue Ridge foothills.

Shopping

The must-see place for antique lovers!
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Factory Antique Mall
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The must-see place for antique lovers!
This store has the hiking essentials and clothing you need at a convenient location right in Elkton.
Appalachian Trail Outfitters, 311 W Spotswood Trail, Elkton, Va. 22827
311 West Spotswood Trail
This store has the hiking essentials and clothing you need at a convenient location right in Elkton.