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Discover your Next Family Outing on the Virginia Kids Trail


Welcome to the Virginia Kids Trail and the best family fun in the Shenandoah Valley and nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. Looking for new, hot or free children’s activities? We’ve got ‘em! Map out a day trip, weekend adventure or week long family vacation with our interactive website. Explore the Trail’s diverse, kid friendly activities emphasizing togetherness and educational playtime. We’re your idea database!


With our handy drop down menu, plan your visits by combining a region and your child’s favorite interest. Want to spend some time exploring all the kid fun in one of our four areas? Just click on the Region tab. Feeling like visiting all the stops on the Kids Trail that focus on your child’s passion? Use the Interest tab. And if you want to see all that the Trail offers, simply select All Destinations. You can learn more about those destinations by clicking on a map pin or visiting a member profile page.

Select Place & Type of Activity of Your Choice

Award Winning Fun

Here are some stops along the Kids Trail that have been recognized by regional and national magazines and travel websites.


Start your fun filled adventure anywhere along the Kids Trail. Explore heritage and test your outdoor skills in Harpers Ferry. Find age appropriate interests, from farms to outer space, in Leesburg. Harrisonburg offers the best in mountain resort family recreation along with living history. Spending a few days in the Blue Ridge? Then make Winchester, the heart of the Kids Trail, your home base.


Ready to put down the phone and get outdoors? Want to create a cultural experience for your kids? How about sharing the area’s rich history? Or would your family like to learn more about locally sourced food from Virginia’s “breadbasket”? Build your intergenerational travel experience around our themes of Action, Creativity, Heritage and Wellness and match your child’s personality to our Trail Guides.


  • Bucket has an adventurous nature and pretty darn fearless. She can’t wait to get up and start exploring fitness and adventure.
  • Shenny is inquisitive and creative. While she may never become the next Michelangelo, she appreciates the beauty that surrounds her.
  • Ridge might be considered a bit of a nerd – which is NOT a bad thing! Although he’s all about the digital world, he also has a passion for history and heritage.
  • Fungi is the “foodie” in the group. He’s drawn to farms and loves all things healthy. And for a kid, he appreciates a wide range of good food choices.


Create and save personalized itineraries with our easy to use website.

And while you and your family are exploring, be sure to pick up a copy of our handy Pocket Trail Map at partner locations and visitors centers, and Virginia’s Clearbrook Welcome Center. Or email

Top Spots on the Kids Trail

Here are some of our favorite places and activities on the Virginia Kids Trail. Be sure to include them in your family travels. These spots offer the best in kid friendly fun!

Latest Blog Articles

Our blog will keep you in the loop when it comes to family focused happenings in the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley. You’ll also find seasonal adventures, kid healthy recipes and craft ideas, as well as the latest news about our Kids Trail members.

Halloween is Still Happening in the Valley
October 16, 2020

Halloween is Still Happening in the Valley

Halloween is still happening in the Shenandoah Valley. While larger events are cancelled, there are small town celebrations, family-friendly ghost tours, and other fun ways to enjoy all things spooky. Here are some events to put on your calendar, alo...
Free Fall Family Fun Ideas
September 23, 2020

Free Fall Family Fun Ideas

Fall family fun doesn’t need to be expensive! Let the Kids Trail gang show you some free (or nearly free) fall family fun ideas. Bucket knows the best places for day hikes, picnicking and biking. Fungi takes you to a PYO orchard then shares a baked a...
2020 Apple Harvest Festival Continues Community Giving
August 31, 2020

2020 Apple Harvest Festival Continues Community Giving

Local charities have taken a donation hit during COVID-19. But the Rotary Club of Winchester is working to safely host the 2020  Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival September 19 and 20 and raise much needed funds for area nonprofits. This year, ...