The Great Outdoors
Backpacker magazine ranked Harrisonburg a top spot to "beat nature deficit disorder," and for good reason. Outdoor fun is serious business in Harrisonburg and the neighboring counties. Most students are aware of the breathtaking views of Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive, the wide sky full of stars visible from Reddish Knob and swimming just like nature intended at Blue Hole. Beyond these well-known treasures, however, a world of recreation awaits.
In addition to mountain and river sports, this area is also rich with horseback riding, fishing, hunting, scenic flights and even scuba diving training.
Hike through fall foliage; ski and snow tube in winter; enjoy wildflowers and cool walks in spring; and swim, canoe and fish in summer. With four distinct and beautiful seasons, there are endless and inexpensive fun ways to enjoy the great outdoors as part of your Madison Experience.