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Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center +

212 South Main Street - Harrisonburg, VA 22801

www.VisitHarrisonburgVA.com

(540) 432-8935

Some towns nestled in the scenic Shenandoah Valley are quaint and sleepy: not Harrisonburg. Trendy, locally-owned restaurants, museums, and art galleries connect historic downtown to James Madison University, creating one of Virginia’s first designated Arts & Cultural Districts. This 10-block walk passes the Virginia Quilt Museum, Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg Farmers’ Market, Oasis Art Gallery, and Valley Turnpike Museum. Downtown is the historic heart of the City. Paved in brick and surrounded by 19th and 20th century architecture, it showcases an urban flare with charming treasures. Court Square Theater hosts shows and foreign films while boutiques and lounges flow over with travelers and college students.

Harrisonburg is known as the dining destination of the Shenandoah Valley and for good reason! International restaurants adorn every corner. Local wine is made at CrossKeys Vineyard and patrons may purchase Virginia made wine in countless stores downtown that pride themselves on unique products.

Lodging in Harrisonburg gives variety a new meaning with its countless hotels, historic homes turned into contemporary B&Bs, and Inns. Just minutes from Harrisonburg you’ll find Massanutten Four Season Resort, a sprawling 6,000-acre resort. The region including Harrisonburg was known as the "The breadbasket of the Confederacy" resulting in a prime location for the struggle between Union and Confederate forces.

For more information or to request a free Visitors Guide, call 540-432-8935.

Plan Your Adventure in Harrisonburg, Virginia. www.VisitHarrisonburgVA.com

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Highlights & Happenings

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  • Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and 73-year history of the Parkway. The Parkway Visitor Center opened in 2008 and unveiled innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The LEED-certif
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreati
  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • Located at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is an area rich in history, scenic beauty, and abundant hiking trails. Early European settlers forged a living from the native materials that flourished in the Appalachian Mountain
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, comprises this popular park and lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set as
  • James River & Otter Creek, MP 60-63.8
  • At the lowest elevation along the Parkway, visitors can hike, camp, fish, have a picnic, and see restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal.
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, camping and the Mount Pisgah Inn make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountain and thousands of surrounding acres was originally purchased by indust
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
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  • Hiking Trails
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  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
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  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
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