Front Royal is a town of 15,000 people (2019) in the US state of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. It is the county seat of Warren County.

Get in

Front Royal Main Street
  • The town is at the intersection of Interstate 66, US-340 and US-522 near US-55. It is just miles from the intersection of Interstate 66 and Interstate 81
  • The closest airport is 1 Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD), a small airport with scheduled commercial service only to Chicago–O'Hare and Washington–Dulles.
  • About an hour drive from Front Royal is 2 Washington Dulles International Airport major airport with numerous domestic and international flights.
  • For passenger train service, 3 Manassas Amtrak Station is about an hour drive from Front Royal.
  • Passenger bus service is available from 4 Washington Greyhound Bus Station, about a 90-minute drive from Front Royal.

Get around


Front Royal's downtown area along Main Street is walkable.

There is a bus, the called Front Royal Trolley, which travels around the town of Front Royal but not the surrounding areas. ($0.50 fare; free for ages 0-12). (Route map)

Otherwise, you will definitely need a car to get around.

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  • 1 Skyline Caverns, 10344 Stonewall Jackson Hwy (Route 340), +1 540 635-4545. M-F 9AM-5PM; Sa Su 9AM-6PM;. A series of caverns turned tourist attraction, one of only a few places in the world where you will find Anthodite formations, minerals shaped like orchids. There are also a series of underground streams and a waterfall to see here, as well as a miniature train. Adults $28, children age 6-12 $14, children age 0-5 Free..
  • 2 Christendom College, 134 Christendom Drive (off Shenandoah Shores Rd), toll-free: +1-800-877-5456. Catholic college, opened in 1977.
  • 1 Appalachian Trail. The 2,100-mile (3,400-km) Appalachian Trail passes near Front Royal. You can find it on Route 522 (Remount Road), about 4 miles southeast of the center of town. From here, you can walk 969 miles (1,560 km) south to Georgia or 1,134 miles (1,825 km) north to Maine. There is a Front Royal Trolley stop here, but pickup is only twice per day.
  • 2 Skyline Drive (begins at Stonewall Jackson Hwy). A 105-mile (169-km) windy road, along the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with dozens of beautiful views. Particularly stunning when the leaves change color in late September and early October. $30 per vehicle for a 7-day pass, or $55 for a 12-month pass.
  • 3 Warren Riffles Confederate Museum, 95 Chester St, +1 540 636-6982. Relics and records of the US Civil War. Also books and gifts. Weekdays 9AM-4PM; Su noon to 4PM April 15-Nov 1; by appointment rest of year.
  • 4 Blue Ridge Hot Air Balloons, 552 Milldale Hollow Rd, +1 540 622-6325. Hot air balloon rides over the Shenandoah Valley, to see the area from above. From $180 per-person.
  • 5 Front Royal Canoe Company, 8567 Stonewall Jackson Hwy, +1 540 635-5440, . Offers canoe, kayak, and rafting trips down the Shenandoah River. Trips from 3 to 40 miles (5 km to 65 km). From $40.
  • 6 Royal Family Bowling Center, 430 Remount Rd, +1 540 636-3113.
  • 7 Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club, 456 Shadows Drive (on US522/340: 2 miles north of I-66), +1 540-631-9661. Featuring views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this award-winning golf course offers five sets of tee boxes ranging from 4,994 to 7,301 yards. The front nine plays as a traditional mountain course with vast elevation changes, tight fairways and numerous bunkers on most holes. The back nine, on the other hand, plays as a lakes course with wider fairways and water on almost all 9 holes, including the Signature Waterfall at the 18th green.
  • 1 PaveMint Spokin' Taphouse, 9 S Commerce Ave, Front Royal (Route 522), +1 540 252 4707. F Sa 11AM-10PM, Su-Th 11AM-9PM. Located in a former gas station, it serves comfort food with an international twist. Plenty of great beers available. Has both indoor and outdoor seating.
  • 2 L Dee's Pancake House, 522 E Main St, +1 540 635-3791. Pancakes and other breakfast food. Cash only.
  • 3 Spelunker's Frozen Custard & Cavern Burgers, 116 South St, +1 540 631-0300. Burgers and frozen custard.
  • 4 Front Royal Fox's Pizza Den, 239 South St, +1 540 635-2800. Pizza, sandwiches, and salads.
  • 5 Houlihan's Restaurant + Bar, 101 Hospitality Drive (on US522/340: 2 miles north of I-66), +1 540-631-3045. Houlihan’s offers relaxed, casual dining and bar seating for 196 guests, featuring quality American fare freshly prepared with contemporary flavors and creativity. Houlihan's features a 98% made-from-scratch kitchen. From fresh-baked artisan breads to mini martini flights, you’ll find a variety of popular dishes along with interesting new tastes delivered to the table with smart presentations.
  • Khukuri Nepali Cuisine, 40 Riverton Commons Dr, +1 540-749-2440, . 11:30AM to 3:00PM & 4:00PM to 9:00PM. Traditional Nepalese and north Indian cuisine including dal-bhat-takari, momos, tandori, etc.


  • 1 Chester Gap Cellars, 4615 Remount Rd (near Route 522), +1 540 636 8086. F-Su 11AM-6PM, M-Th closed. Scenic winery that grows its grapes on-site. Lovely view of the surrounding area. Well-behaved dogs are welcome outside.
  • 2 Glen Manor Vienyards, 2244 Browntown Rd, +1 540 635 6324. W-Su 11AM-5PM, M Tu closed. Taste many different varietals of wine that have been produced on their 17-acre vineyard. Beautiful view of the vines, pasture, and mountains. The farm has been owned and farmed by five generations of their family for over 100 years.
  • 3 Front Royal Brewing Company, 122 E Main St, +1 540 631-0773. F noon-10PM, Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 11AM-8PM, M W Th noon-8PM, closed Tu. Local brewery in a large space.
  • 4 Vibrissa Beer, 122 E Main St, +1 540 631-0773. Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F Sa 11AM-11PM. Brewery and restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Live music some Friday and Saturday evenings. They also have a location in Winchester.
  • 5 Main Street Daily Grind Café, 215 E Main St, +1 540 635-3556. Daily 8AM-6PM. Coffee and espresso drinks. Also serves breakfast and lunch.
  • 6 Honey & Hops Brew Works, 212 East Main St (east from Main and Royal), +1 540 692 6032, . M Tu Th 3-9PM, W closed, F-Su noon-10PM. 3 brothers from Alaska, making mead in the Shenandoah Valley. Small batch, hand crafted, honey wine.



Bed & Breakfast


Hotels and motels



  • 2 Gooney Creek Campground, 7122 Stonewall Jackson Hwy, +1 540-635-4066. Check-out: noon. Beautiful tent/RV campground immediately alongside the Gooney Creek. 20A hookups. No wifi. Swimming possible in river. $36.

Go next

Routes through Front Royal
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