Shenandoah National Park lies astride a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which form the eastern rampart of the Appalachian Mountains between Pennsylvania and Georgia. The rolling Piedmont country lies to the east of the park. Skyline Drive, a 105-mile road that winds along the crest of the mountains through the length of the park, provides vistas of the spectacular landscape to east and west. The park holds more than 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The Blue Ridge Parkway connects Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the south and Shenandoah National Park on the northern end.

Biking, running, canoeing, horseback riding and many outdoor sports are very popular in the Charlottesville area. There are many clubs and activities organized; one such group is the Outdoor Adventures Social Club.

In addition, there are many wineries in the area with beautiful settings and quality wine.