Front Royal, VA

Geographic Location

Front Royal, VA is located about 50 minutes outside of Washington, D.C. to the West.  Front Royal is located in Warren County, which borders Fauquier County, Rappahannock County, Clarke County, Page County and Frederick County. Access to I-66 allows for easy travel to all points of Virginia.     

Overall personality

While only a short drive outside of Washington, D.C., Front Royal has a small town feel with a mix of old and new.  Its historical landmarks and museums, multiple vineyards, five golf courses, Skyline Caverns, Skyline Drive, and eclectic shops and restaurants will be sure to entertain you. Front Royal offers opportunities for fishing, hiking, canoeing and camping. This is a family-friendly environment with communities and fun for all ages. So, whether you like to take it easy or stay on the move, Front Royal has it all.

Defining Characteristics

Known as the “Canoe Capital of Virginia”, Front Royal is known for its parks, breath-taking views, and rich history. It is also the home of Randolph-Macon Military Academy.

Noteworthy attractions

Skyline Caverns - Discovered in 1937 by Walter S. Amos, the Skyline Caverns offer an expert guided tour of the closest natural wonders to D.C, including rare Anthrodites. Children can also enjoy a train ride while visiting the Caverns.
Blue Ridge Shadows, Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, Bowling Green Golf Club, Front Royal Golf Club -  Front Royal boasts some of the finest, upscale public golf courses in Virginia. Enjoy 19th century architecture along with the perfectly manicured greens and fairways of these top-rated courses.
Glen Manor Wineries, Chester Gap Cellars, Fox Meadow Winery, Linden Wineries - Wines from the Blue Ridge Mountains are featured attractions to Front Royal.
Belle Boyd Cottage - Enjoy a guided tour through the home of a female Confederate spy.
Skyline Drive - The north entrance at the beginning of the breath-taking Skyline Drive is in Front Royal.
Front Royal/Warren Airport - Demo flight lessons, as well as an annual air show are offered at this county-owned, public use airport. Located in the Shenandoah Valley, it facilitates Cass Aviation, the Randolph-Macon Academy Flight Training Program, the Skyline Soaring Glider Club,  and  Front Royal Aero Services.
Skyline Ranch Resort - Resort area that offers camping and an RV park, as well as rustic cabins and luxurious chalets. They offer family-friendly activities coordinated by their activity director for the children. Also, enjoy horseback riding and swimming in their salt water walk-in pool. 
Shenandoah River Raymond R. "Andy" Guest Jr. State Park - This is the only state park to offer canopy zip lines (eight in total). Enjoy the outdoors and have a picnic by the Shenandoah River. It is located on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River and contains 1,600 acres with 5.2 miles of frontage on the river. It contains 15 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. 
Fantasyland Playground, Rockland Park - Children will have loads of fun at these two large play areas situated in the town of Front Royal and on the North side of Front Royal. 
Front Royal Canoe, Downriver Canoe Company, and Skyline Canoe Company - Known as the Canoe Capital of Virginia, Front Royal offers the public an opportunity to enjoy the North and South Forks of the historic Shenandoah River close up. Bring your family and friends to rent a canoe, kayak, raft or tube and be put in the water to have a casual float or splash in the river. The canoe companies will shuttle you back to your vehicle after your tour down the river. 
Warren County Dog Park - Bring your dogs to socialize with other dogs or to take a dip in the Shenandoah River.
Front Royal Skate Park - This is a 15,000 foot public facility open to skateboards, skooters, roller-blades, and BMX bikes.
Main St Restaurants and Shops - Take a stroll down the historic Main St. to enjoy home cooking, fine dining or soul food, eclectic antique shops, coffee shops, art galleries, or the hometown theatre.
Buzzard Rock North Trail - Located in the George Washington National Forest,this short, less than one hour trail will lead you to panoramic views of the mountaintops and the Valley.
Bing Crosby Stadium - One of the finest stadiums in the Shenandoah Valley that is deep in history. This is home of the Front Royal Cardinals, a member of the Valley Baseball League. Known as a baseball town, Front Royal undertook fundraising in 1950 in an effort to build the stadium. Celebrity Bing Crosby participated with a concert and the town named the stadium in honor of him.

Transportation Options

Major highways that connect Front Royal to all other parts of Virginia include I-66 and 81, Route 55, Route 522 and Route 340.
Another travel option is the Front Royal/Warren Airport located in Front Royal’s Shenandoah Valley.

Types of homes in the Area

Front Royal caters to all housing needs with multiple apartment complexes, town homes, new construction residential communities, mature residential communities, and active senior living communities as well.  Communities include Oden Ridge, Happy Creek Knolls, Williamsburg Estates, Shenandoah Farms, Skyland Estates, High Knob, Blue Mountain, Lake Frederick, Vaught Estates, Bowling Green, Lake Front Royal, Aspen Hill Farms, and Riverside.

Annual Events

Front Royal Wine and Craft Festival - (May) in historic downtown Front Royal. This festival features 20 Virginia wineries and covers over 7 blocks, with over 100 vendors, crafters, and artists. Jewelry, hand painted wine glasses, original paintings and crafts, pottery, handmade clothing, multiple food vendors with local offerings will be participating in this annual event.
Front Royal 2017 Taste of the Town - (late April) in downtown Front Royal. Local eateries, live band music for dancing in the street, a car show, face-painting, and a moon bounce. This is a free community event.
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival - (late April-early May)This huge annual festival is in nearby Winchester and includes  over a week of fun activities. Some events will be a carnival, two parades, dances, luncheons, crafts, dinners, and celebrities. Over 250,000 people attend.
Virginia Air Show - (Late August)This is an annual event located at the Front Royal/Warren airport and features an air show of over 50 aircrafts and a car show of over 100 vehicles.
Annual Festival of the Leaves - (October) Join Front Royal in celebrating with crafts, food, entertainment and a great hometown parade. For nearly 50 years Warren Heritage Society has held this annual fundraiser. Music plays a huge part in the festival, featuring blues, bluegrass, country, jazz, choral, and classic rock bands. Re-enactors, craftsmen, and apple-butter makers also participate. 

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