Why John McLarin chose Front Royal
Location, location, Location- Our cabin is the perfect home base for all your outdoor activities and adventures in the Shenandoah Valley. Our log cabin is secluded and built on a 100 foot cliff above the Shenandoah River with 35 acres of privacy. The Shenandoah River State Park and the Skyline Drive northern entrance are both only a ten minutes drive. The newly built Canopy Tours zip line was just open in the summer of 2014 which takes over 3 hour to complete. If you’re more interested in water activities; swimming, fishing or boating is all just a walk or 10 minute ride. There are three boating companies in the area which offer numerous options for floating down the river. Did someone say wine tasting? There are over 30 wineries within 30 minutes of our cabin with new ones opening every year. We hope you will choose our home base for a memorable getaway. The river can be accessed by walking, but does not have river access for launching boats due to the path to the river.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We love this cabin
We’ve stayed at this one, and another of the 3 cabins on the property, a few times, and have always enjoyed our stay. This cabin has excellent views, a clean and spacious interior, and a well equipped kitchen. Though, we’ve never used the kitchen and have always grilled outdoors. The posted photos are all accurate, other than the views (and hearing the river) being much better in person. Beds are comfortable. Check-in and check-out instructions are easy to follow. For a log cabin, this place has excellent a/c. We’ll be back!
Cabin with great view
The view from back porch could not have been better. The footstep into the back porch should be fixed or removed. It would have been nice to have a washer and dryer. Overall, great cabin!
Cozy Cabin with a Million Dollar View
This is a very nice place to have a relaxing weekend.
The view from the porch is so spectacular, we had to drag
ourselves away to bike ride, fish, hike, and do some tubing
on the river. The cabin was just as advertised; very clean, neat, and comfortable. Flies are an inevitable battle with a cabin tucked in the woods. We will be back. Can't wait to see what that view from the porch looks like in the Fall!
Great for the price
To start it is a Great for the price!
great view, great cabin, great picnic area!!
I gave 3 stars for location and neighborhood only because there is a railroad really close, and we had to hear long train sound 2 times while we were there and it was pretty loud and one was around 10 pm.
but for only 2 times so if you don't care about the short disturbance, I will give 5 start!!!
4 star for check in process only because there is 1 key for the gate and the key container by the gate is not utilized and we had some problem going in and out of the property because gate had to be locked all the time, and so me and my friends could not leave the property in diffent times. if gate key container is utilized, I will give 5 stars!!
It is great wooded are, so expect frogs, bugs and snakes :)
Black snake was literally with us on roof and porch whole time we were there :) Just keep in mind you are in woods, and it is natural. it is free zoo~~~ we enjoyed the snake :)
Also, it is a tick season, short walk down the steps to river, we caught 5 wood ticks :) just be aware~ it is a great trail down. I am not saying it is bad. it is great~~~I am just providing a tips for next guest :)
Also, trash dumpster is behind big red trash sign.
we were confused that we had to take trash home :)
on the last day we found the dumpster. we just could not see cause of the trees :)
Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your experience and our cabin.
We try to communicate to all prospects and guests that our log cabin is located in the woods and you could encounter anything during your stay from seeing a bald eagle fly down the river; rabbits, turkeys, raccoons and the occasional black bear or black snake.
Since we have been staying at the cabins for over 50 years, we enjoy the the passing of the trains that are over a hill and more than 500 yards from the cabin as a non-event and part of the cabins experience.
We hope you will return again soon.
Beautiful cliffside property was everything we could have asked for. Hopefully will be back soon!
It was great!
Thanks, everything was as expected!
Front Royal Area:
Front Royal, Warren County and the surrounding area are rich in history and natural beauty and offer many unique and varied year round recreational and leisure activities sure to satisfy our visitors. It is also known as the Canoe Capital of Virginia. thanks in part to the 39 miles of scenic waterways better known as the North and South forks of the Shenandoah River that meet just west of the town of Front Royal, and the main river that continues toward Clarke County, northward. The North and South forks of the river meet at Riverton, west of Front Royal, where it heads north to Clarke County, and ultimately, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where it meets the Potomac River. In Warren County the river offers calm waters for a leisurely canoe ride and rapids ideal for kayaking. Boating, rafting and tubing also are popular.
The areas provides numerous opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors by canoeing, tubing, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, zip lining, wine tasting, golf or visiting of the two wonderful National or State parks whose entrance are only 6 miles from our cabin.
Skyline Drive / Shenandoah National Park:
Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park bring more visitors to Warren County than any other attraction. The park and drive extend 105 miles over mountain tops from Afton in the south to Front Royal in the north, and parallel a 95-mile portion of the Appalachian Trail. The park draws more than 2 million visitors a year; about 500,000 of them enter at the Front Royal entrance on US 340, about a quarter-mile south of the town.
The 195,000-acre park combines protected mountain land with trails and beautiful views. The park's trails, varying from short walks to 12-hour hikes, intersect with waterfalls, streams, old home sites and scenic vistas. Wildflowers, more than 205 species of birds, white-tailed deer and black bear abound.
Admission to the park is $10 per car and $5 for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. An annual park pass is available for $20.
Shenandoah River State Park
This park is on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River and has more than 1,600 acres along 5.2 miles of shoreline. The park opened in June 1999. In addition to meandering river frontage, the park offers scenic views of Massanutten Mountain to the west and Shenandoah National Park to the east. A large riverside picnic area, picnic shelters, trails, river access and a car-top boat launch make this a popular destination for families, anglers and canoeists. Ten riverfront tent campsites, a campground with water and electric sites, cabins, camping cabins and a group campground are available. With more than 24 miles of trails and a new zipline, the park has plenty of options for hiking, biking, horseback riding and adventure.
Admission to the park is $4 per car for week days and $5 weekends. .
Virginia Canopy Tours
During the canopy tour, participants will enjoy stunning views of the Massanutten Mountains and the gorgeous hardwood forest of the Shenandoah Valley. Guests will learn the rich history of the Shenandoah Valley, native plant species, and the wild inhabitants who make the woods their home.
Participants will soar through the Shenandoah hardwood forest at speeds which can exceed 40 miles per hour and at heights reaching 90 feet above the forest floor - all while attached to two steel cables. The canopy tour finale is an adrenaline pumping 1,035’ zip down the face of the ridge to our rappel.
Allow approximately three hours for our canopy tour, which consists of: ground school, UTV trail ride, 8 zip lines, 1 sky bridge, 1 air stair bridge, 2 nature walks and a rappel.
All participants receive individual safety and braking training and are accompanied by two certified eco-trained guides. Participants are attached to our cables by lanyards whenever above the forest floor. All safety equipment is handled by our guides 100% of the time. Virginia Canopy Tours™ reserves the right to exclude anyone from participation.
Shenandoah River Activities:
There are three boating companies in the area which offer numerous options for floating down the river. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River is one of the nation's best for smallmouth and largemouth bass, rockbass, redbreast sunfish, bluegill, muskellunge and channel catfish. The North Fork, meanwhile, offers anglers smallmouth bass and redbreast sunfish, and the mainstream offers all species except muskellunge.
State residents age 16 and over are required to obtain a fishing license before fishing on inland waters. Nonresidents over age 12 need a license. All persons needing a license also need to purchase a National Forest stamp when fishing in waters within the boundary of the Washington and Jefferson National Forest, except on the North and South forks of the Shenandoah River. Licenses are sold at authorized agents located throughout the county, but not at the county clerk's office.