Activities

The Greater Gordonsville area is full of a variety of activities to make your trip that much more memorable. Whether you are looking for golfing, hiking, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, kayaking, live theater, or skiing, we have it all!

Blue Ridge Ballooning

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See the area in the best way possible, from a hot air balloon! Blue Ridge Ballooning’s perfect safety record and attention to detail make them the ultimate hot air balloon experience over beautiful Virginia.

Address: 540 South Boston Road, Palmyra, VA 22963
Phone: 434-589-6213
Website: BlueRidgeBalloon.com

De Estheticienne

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Make your trip even better by indulging in a massage, facial, laser treatment, or other European spa treatment. Or you can shop their selection of make-up and skincare products. This hidden gem can be an excellent way to top off a day of wining, dining, and shopping.

The owner, Yvonne Waller, is a certified massage therapist from Holland (including pregnancy massage), an accredited aerobics instructor, a holistic health counselor and coach, and is schooled in aromatherapy. In the words of one customer “This remarkably gifted esthetician’s abilities are nothing short of miraculous. She was able to take my old battered, weather-beaten face and make it better than it was twenty years ago, scout’s honor! Give the woman a prune and I swear she would hand you back a juicy plum in no time. She’s that good!

Don’t miss out on this incredible service, it is truly a great way to complete your visit to the Greater Gordonsville area.

Address: 202 Mayhugh Street, Gordonsville, VA 22942
Phone: 540-832-3688

Four County Players

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Founded in 1973, Four County Players is Central Virginia’s longest, continuously operating community theater. For more than forty years, Four County Players has delighted audiences with a full range of theater experiences. Located in Barboursville, the theater is the cultural hub for the community, serving as both an artistic and educational center. They are highly regarded for their masterful musicals, hilarious comedies, and thought-provoking dramas.

Address: 5256 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville, VA 22923
Phone: 540-832-5355
Website: FourCP.org

Hiking at Montpelier and Grelen

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In addition to the rich history of the property, Montpelier has eight miles of walking trails open to the public! Winding through an old-growth landmark forest, the trails offer spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Recently a beautiful connector trail was also added, linking the Montpelier trail to Grelen Nursery.

Address: 11350 Constitution Highway, Orange, VA 22960
Phone: 540-672-2728
Website: Montpelier.org

Hiking at Shenandoah National Park – Appalachian Trail

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Only a short drive from the Gordonsville area, Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including over 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Home to many bird species, deer, squirrels, and even bears, every hike is unique and memorable. As spectacular as the area is, visiting during the fall foliage will give you an experience that is unforgettable.

Address: 22591 Spotswood Trail, Elkton, VA 22827
Phone: 540-999-3500
Website: NPS.org

Keswick Golf Club

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The award-winning Full Cry course at Keswick Hall & Golf Club offers 18 holes of challenging play, perfect for all skill levels. Designed by Pete Dye, the course is part of a private club with a strong membership, but guests of the on-site Keswick Hall have full playing and club privileges. Located near Thomas Jefferson’s bucolic Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, and James Monroe’s Highland, golfers would be hard-pressed to find a sojourn with more presidential panache.

Address: 701 Club Drive, Keswick, VA 22947
Phone: 434-979-3440
Website: Keswick.com/Golf-Club

Liberty Mills Farm

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With the largest corn maze in Virginia, and a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding countryside, Liberty Mills Farm is the perfect location for a fantastic adventure with your family. During the mid-September to early-November timeframe, plan on spending a minimum of two hours for a “full maze experience!” Enjoy the hay wagon rides (weekends only), berry, and pumpkin picking, and shopping for fresh produce and delicious salsas in their Farm Market.

Address: 9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset, VA 22972
Phone: 434-882-6293
Website: LibertyMillsFarm.com

Oakland Heights Farm – Horseback Riding

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Guided trail rides at Oakland Heights Farm will take you through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in an area steeped in history.  As you meander through the beautiful countryside, you will pass Civil War camp sites and battlegrounds. For more than 35 years, they have hosted trail rides for a variety of occasions, including marriage proposals, birthday parties, family reunions, church groups, corporate team-building, or a day in the country.

Oakland Heights Farm is also host to BLM Bull & Rodeo Co. events on second Saturdays from May through September!

Address: 17110 James Madison Highway, Gordonsville, VA 22942
Phone: 540-222-6576
Website: OaklandHeightsFarm.com

Rapidan River Kayaking

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Rapidan River Kayaking specializes in guided kayak tours for individuals, couples, and small groups of ten or less. Their tours are the perfect activity for family groups, corporate retreats, wedding activities, etc.  All tours are guided by highly qualified kayak instructors. No prior kayaking experience is required.  All equipment is included, and basic kayak skill and safety instruction is provided prior to each guided tour.

Address: 12449 Spicewood Road, Orange, VA 22960
Phone: 540-308-0630
Website: RRKayakCo.com

Skiing and More at Massanutten

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A relaxing drive up the mountain will take you to Massanutten Resort, a breathtaking property featuring some 6,000 acres of mountain fun at its very best. Unique in both its size, variety of amenities, and outstanding condo and hotel accommodations, Massanutten has secured its spot as one of the premier all-season resort destinations on the East Coast.

Address: 1822 Resort Drive, McGaheysville, VA 22840
Phone: 540-289-9441
Website: MassResort.com

Skyline Drive

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No trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains is complete without traveling on Skyline Drive. This 105-mile road runs the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. The road provides access to 75 overlooks, numerous trails (including the Appalachian Trail), campgrounds, visitor centers, and resorts. There are multiple access points, so if you don’t have time to drive the full length, or want to explore the local areas, Skyline Drive is guaranteed to be the highlight of your trip.

Address: 22591 Spotswood Trail, Elkton, VA 22827
Phone: 540-999-3500
Website: NPS.org

Spring Creek Golf Club

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There are numerous highly-rated golf courses in the Greater Gordonsville area. As an example, Spring Creek Golf Club has been consistently rated one of the top-100 public courses in the United States. Located in Zions Crossroads, about fifteen minutes from Gordonsville, this course features bent grass fairways, beautiful greens, and fairways that take advantage of the natural contour of the land, helping make it an exceptional golfing experience.

Address: 109 Clubhouse Way, Gordonsville, VA 22942
Phone: 540-832-0744
Website: SpringCreekGolfClub.com