Valley Recreation Big, Could Be Bigger

Virginia Releases Blueprint To Expand Opportunities For Tourism, Land Conservation

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Posted: April 12, 2014

Mountain bikers flock to Massanutten Resort’s western slope trails Friday for a Shenandoah Bicycle Co. event. The Harrisonburg company is but one of many enterprises in the Shenandoah Valley benefitting from the region’s abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. The latest Virginia Outdoors Plan, updated every five years by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, spells out numerous ways to enhance outdoor recreation — already worth $8 billion a year to the state’s economy. (Photos by Nikki Fox)
Area mountain bikers ride on Massanutten Resort’s western slope trails on Friday afternoon in an event hosted by Shenandoah Bicycle Co., a demo day where people can test-ride bikes before purchasing.
Thomas Jenkins, co-owner of the Shenandoah Bicycle Co. in Harrisonburg, customizes a bicycle during a bike event in Massanutten Resort on Friday.

HARRISONBURG — A newly revised official state guide recommends several projects to protect and enhance natural resources and outdoor recreational assets in the central Valley, with everything from...



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