Warren County is abundant in recreational areas and offerings. The Shenandoah River is used for boating, canoeing, swimming, and fishing. There are five public boat ramps owned by the Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries Commission. The State‑owned boat ramps in the County are located near Bentonville, Karo Landing, in Front Royal, at Riverton, and at Morgans Ford Bridge.
In 1999, Front Royal was designated “Canoe Capital of Virginia,” by Governor Mark Warner. Canoe races are held every spring on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River south of Front Royal.
Approximately 12,700 acres of the Shenandoah National Park are located in Warren County. The park provides hiking trails, swimming areas, picnic areas, campsites, and fishing areas. The scenic Skyline Drive winds its way through the park. The Appalachian Trail also goes through the park and eastern Warren County. There are approximately 5,900 acres of the George Washington National Forest in the County, which provide hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking areas. In addition to these public parks, there are also numerous private camping facilities in the County.
Situated on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River with more than 1,600 acres along 5.2 miles of shoreline, the Raymond R. “Andy” Guest, Jr. State Park opened in May 1999. A large riverside picnic area with shelters, trails, river access, a scenic overlook and a car-top boat launch make this a popular destination for families, anglers and canoeists. Ten primitive riverfront campsites and a group campground are available along with a new full-service bathhouse. With more than 15 miles of trails, the park has plenty of options for hiking, biking and horseback riding, including seasonal guided trail rides. The Indian Hollow Horse Livery operates April 1 – Oct. 31. It’s in Warren County, just off U.S. 340 between Front Royal and Luray. Some of the park borders U.S. 340 on the east and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River on the west.
The 75‑acre Front Royal Golf Course, located off Route 522 about one mile north of Front Royal, provides a 9‑hole golf course, a boat landing, boat docks, and a club house. The Course is owned and operated by Warren County as a public park facility.
The 200‑acre Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, located in Rockland, has a 27‑hole golf course, pool, two tennis courts equipped with lights, and a large club house for social gatherings.
The 100‑acre Bowling Green Country Club, also in Rockland, opened in 1984 with a 36 hole golf course and a club house accommodating 300 for banquets and other social activities.
Jackson’s Chase is an 18 hole, year round facility. Designed by Shape Masters, the course is 6,429 yards of golf from the longest tee.
Blue Ridge Shadows is a championship-caliber golf course with five sets of tee boxes ranging from 4,994 to 7,301 yards. Crooked Run Creek and five lakes come into play on eight holes with 65 bunkers. The fifteenth and seventeenth holes share a 120 yard wide double green.
Blue Ridge Shadows is open to the public for daily fee play, and offers a limited number of memberships. Blue Ridge Shadows also contains a Holiday Inn hotel and conference center, Houlihan’s restaurant and Shadows Spa for a total experience.
The Warren County Agricultural and Industrial Fair, sponsored by the Warren County Fair Association, is held each summer at the Fairgrounds located five miles north of Front Royal. Situated on a 20‑acre site, the Fairgrounds has an outdoor covered stage, pavilions, and livestock buildings. Horse show rings lie adjacent to the Fairgrounds.
Some of the recreation subdivisions in the County have swimming pools, picnic areas, small parks, fishing sites, and clubhouses.
The Warren County Department of Recreation maintains recreational areas for the use of the Town and County residents. Bing Crosby Stadium, located just off the Commerce Avenue bypass, includes 60 acres of land and a baseball stadium. Surrounding it are two softball fields, four picnic pavilions, several large recreation fields, two paved tennis courts with lights, a basketball court, a volleyball court, and a small child “kiddie” park complete with swings, sliding board, jungle gym, and merry‑go‑round.
Bing Crosby Stadium and the surrounding facilities are the center of recreational activity for Warren County and Front Royal. Groundbreaking was held in June, 1991 for a Town‑County Swimming pool located next to Bing Crosby Stadium. In 2006, the Bing Crosby Stadium underwent a complete renovation.
In 2010, Warren County Skate Park, a 15,000 s.f. skateboard and bicycle park was opened to the public.
The most recent additions to the Warren County Parks portfolio is the 15,000 square foot Warren County Skate Park. Rockland Park, formerly known as the Fishnet Property, is a 219-acre park that was purchased by Warren County in 2009. The Park currently includes walking trails, a large playground structure, an 18-hole disc golf course, two large picnic shelters, and parking areas. Future development has been broken down into three additional phases and includes features such as a multi-field baseball/softball complex, restroom facilities, additional walking trails, dog park, amphitheatre with outdoor seating, multi-use practice fields, camping areas, fire and rescue training facility, recreation center, and a possible elementary school site.
Warren County’s Eastham Park is located off of Luray Avenue in Front Royal. The Park includes several facilities for the public to enjoy including:
- Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Public Boat Launch
- Town of Front Royal Park
- Public parking area
- Three multi-use athletic fields
- Warren County Dog Park
- Large outdoor classroom
- Interpretive signage
- Eastham Park Trail
The Raymond E. Santmyers Youth Center building is located on land adjacent to Bing Crosby Stadium. The Youth Center provides teenagers with a place to have dances, play games, hold meetings, events, etc. Although designed to meet the needs of Town and County youth, this facility is also utilized by the general public.
The Front Royal Cardinals, members of the Valley Baseball League, play their home games at Bing Crosby Stadium. The Valley League, which contains teams from Harrisonburg, New Market, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Winchester, is a summer college league sanctioned and funded by the NCAA and Major League Baseball. Players must be in college and have at least one year of college eligibility remaining. The Valley League recruits players from all around the country. Many current Major League players are former members of the Valley League.
All elementary schools and the intermediate school in Warren County have playgrounds. The newly renovated Warren County High School has a football field, baseball field, softball field, track and tennis courts. The newly built Skyline High School also has a football field, baseball field, softball field, track and tennis courts.
The Northern Virginia 4‑H Educational Center is located on 229 acres beautifully situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. The Center is a $5.5 million complex with lodging, conference and food service accommodations for 200. Recreational facilities include a junior olympic‑size swimming pool, three outdoor tennis courts, two volleyball courts, a softball field, a soccer field, a 2‑1/2 acre lake for fishing and canoeing, three spacious shelters for picnics and recreation, a fitness trail, several hiking trails, a campfire circle, outpost camping sites, stables for 44 horses, three horse show rings, two archery ranges and an outdoor amphitheater with designated seating for 450 and lawn chair seating for 2500.
Summer months are designated for 4‑H Youth camping. Teen and adult leadership programs are offered on weekends throughout the year. Workshops and conferences in traditional extension programs are the focus during non‑summer months.
Facilities are open daily for public recreation at little or no cost. Picnic shelters are available to families, companies and groups for reunions and socials. Program assistance to conference planners is provided by staff.