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About Front Royal Area

Located in Virginia’s northwest corner, Front Royal, flanked by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and Massanutten Range to the west, is the county seat of Warren County. The North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River join here to form the main stem of the Shenandoah River.

Originally called LeHewtown, it was later incorporated as Front Royal on November 15, 1788. Rail service was established in 1854 with the construction of the Alexandria, Orange and Manassas Gap Railroad between Manassas and Riverton. This line was soon extended to Strasburg in time to become a factor in the Battle of Front Royal on May 23, 1862 and throughout the Civil War. Lumber, agriculture, manufacturing and grain mills provided employment in the region for decades after the Civil War.

Front Royal serves as the northern gateway to the Shenandoah Valley and Shenandoah National Park and lies in close proximity to the George Washington National Forest. It is also a designated Appalachian Trail Community. Nearby Bentonville offers access to the Shenandoah River State Park.

Stories from Front Royal Area

September 16, 2021
Virginia's creative and sometimes whimsical LOVEworks are a wonderful photo opportunity. Why not start a new tradition and make some family memories finding and photographing a few LOVE signs while enjoying the out of doors this year?
February 24, 2021
A drive along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway is literally a trip through time. Construction on the Parkway began near Cumberland Knob in North Carolina in September 1935. Works Project Administration crews completed some of the early road construction, landscaping and recreation area development. As you travel the Parkway today,…
January 25, 2021
January 26 is National Plan for Vacation Day and I’m including my tips for vacation planning amidst the unpredictability of 2021. My husband and I have sadly been planning back-to-back transatlantic and Mediterranean cruises for more than a year that have just been canceled. But, we’re still healthy and still…
April 17, 2020
The Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding areas in Virginia provide a mecca of outdoor opportunities -- places to relax and enjoy nature from underneath a forest canopy, along a mountain stream or on a rocking chair on a covered front porch.
December 28, 2019
Visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway for the holidays (or lucky enough to be a local) and looking for unique ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2020? We’ve got your guide to some of the best kept secrets for seeing out 2019 and celebrating the start of 2020. Roar into the twenties where ever you are along the Blue Ridge Mountains with one of these fun New Years celebrations.
November 27, 2017
“Here’s how not to start a road trip. First, at the Alamo rental car counter at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport just over the line from Washington, D.C., discover that your driver’s license is missing. Search and swear for two hours. Then find it in your left shoe. Second, when the…

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Region: Virginia
Duration:1 day
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Duration:2 - 3 days
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