Discover the Vibrant Shenandoah Valley Family Lifestyle

Whether you’re a vacationer, day tripper, new resident, or a long-time local, the Trail will lead you to a well-balanced way of life as well as lasting family memories. 

Childhood adventure develops able adults. It promotes independent thinking, resiliency and social skills. And families who embrace adventure build memories that become part of their heritage. If you’re looking for a family adventure that embraces the outdoors, history, culture and unique dining experiences, look no further than the VA Kids Trail.

Living a Well Balanced Lifestyle

Agriculture isn’t just the heart of the Valley, it’s the hub of robust living.  Learn more about locally sourced food with visits to farms, community stores, farmers markets, “real food” restaurants, and festivals like Blue Ridge Sprouts. But good eating isn’t the only key to a quality family life. On the Kids Trail, you’ll also find outdoor adventure, creative outlets, and rich history. These family-friendly activities emphasize togetherness, educational playtime, and just plain fun!

Family Adventure Starts Here

With its ever-changing seasons and scenic beauty, coupled with a relaxed and welcoming environment, the Valley is a great multi-generational family destination for a day trip, weekend adventure, or week-long vacation. Through our storytelling and easy-to-use website, you and your family can plan a custom itinerary that will please everyone – from toddlers to grandparents.

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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.

Family Fun at Virginia State Parks
July 27, 2021

Family Fun at Virginia State Parks

Virginia is known for its mountains, beaches and history, and Virginia State Parks offer all that and more. Whether you choose to spend the day on the...
Best Pet Friendly Places in the Blue Ridge
July 15, 2021

Best Pet Friendly Places in the Blue Ridge

Shenandoah Valley fun isn’t just for families. Include your furbaby on your next Kids Trail adventure. Here’s a rundown of the best pet friendly place...
13 Fun Free Family Things to Do
June 23, 2021

13 Fun Free Family Things to Do

Whether it's a day trip or a weekend adventure, try some of these 13 fun free family things to do in the Shenandoah Valley. Enjoy scenic beauty and ou...


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.


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 visitor 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!