Unhurried life makes Clarke County a big draw for those who enjoy a taste of scenic, unspoiled countryside. Locals enjoy apple and cherry picking, wineries, and a library system unrivaled in the area. Around 15,000 people call Clarke County home, making it the third-smallest county in Virginia.
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Located near idyllic Shenandoah National Park, and only an hour from Washington, DC, Clarke County is an oasis for DC and Northern Virginia residents. The county is only 12 miles from Hollywood Casino & Race Track, and 16 miles from Harper’s Ferry, WV. Cities within Clarke County include Berryville, Webbtown, Longwood, Briggs, Waterloo, Millwood, Berryville, and Stone Bridge. Driving is the best option in Clarke County. Major highways include State Route 7, US-17, US-50, US-340, and State Route 227.
Clarke County has both single-family detached homes and plentiful condos. The median cost of owning a home in the county is $337,000. Find homes by city in Clarke County, VA.
The Clarke County School District has two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.
One great advantages of living here are the natural wonders—from the mountains, to the Shenandoah River, and the Appalachian Trail. From hiking, camping, day trips, and drives down famous Skyline Drive, there is always something new to explore in Shenandoah National Park. Other activities in the area include fishing, rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. Nearby Luray and Skyline Caverns offer geological history year-round. Skyline Caverns is one of the only places on earth where rare Anthodites are on display for all to see. Luray Caverns is a major area attraction—one of the largest, most popular caverns in Eastern America.
Watermelon Park is a highlight in Berryville. Offering a variety of activities and entertainment for visitors, this park is both campsite and music venue. Kayaking, canoeing, camping, and hiking are all popular activities in Watermelon Park. It also makes a fantastic venue for weddings, parties, and family reunions. Located along the river, this is a can’t-miss campsite.
Clarke County is also home to Barns of Rose Hill, one of Virginia's top music venues with outdoor live performances by musical groups and solo artists of all kinds.
For over 90 years, the Annual Apple Blossom Festival has been an honored tradition in Clarke County. The ten day festival begins in late April and ends in early May and offers numerous events ranging from Red Hat Society luncheons, beauty pageants, concerts, shopping, carnival rides and food, and a two-day parade, and has a different featured celebrity each year.
Belle Grove Plantation is a staple in the community—a working 17th Century farm that hosts everything from Civil War reenactments to beer festivals!
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