Luray

Shenandoah River
Shenandoah River flows by Luray

“Oh, Shenandoah I long to see thee. Away, you rolling river…….” Forced to sing that song solo in sixth grade, the lyrics still come back to me. The majestic Shenandoah River is something to sing about though one must admit.

Luray landingLaunch from the public boat ramp, located an easy mile from Luray’s historic district, and the scenery on this stretch between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten mountains is spectacular.

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Luray is the county seat for Page county. 2010 census population was roughly 5,000. Think of the traffic jams.

Lovers of mountains and rivers will feel at home in the quaint town of Luray in the Shenandoah Valley. Snug between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River, Luray is an outdoorsman’s dream. Others come to see the famous caverns.

The Luray Caverns fascinate visitors from around the world.

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Cavern lake – photo courtesy Jill Simmons

Billed as Geology’s Hall of Fame, these rock formations were millions of years in the making.

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Monster teeth?  – photo courtesy Jill Simmons

Campers, mountaineers, and day hikers are fondly familiar with the Shenandoah National Park, an easy two hour drive from most of the Metropolitan Washington area. Plan well and you can stop off at the Apple House for hot apple donuts. Everyone does. Then, they stay for barbeque.

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Car and Carriage Caravan Museum near the caverns.

Historic Luray provides good reason to come off the trails and head into town. Luray is also for art lovers.

Artists door

In 2010, the Town Council voted  a significant portion of downtown as the “Arts and Cultural District.” Local merchants and artists keep things lively with scheduled and unscheduled events and promotions.

Personally, I saw Batman in the bakery. Could Elvis be around the corner?

~Tina Morris, blogger and photographer

 

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