Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley!

Come to EMU in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and ski at Massanutten Resort, take in a D.C. concert, or hike in Shenandoah National Park. Whatever your tastes, EMU is close to major East Coast cities and only minutes to spectacular outdoor recreation.

With eight colleges within 50 miles of each other, student life in our region is booming. In Harrisonburg alone there is plenty to do: farmers markets, movie theaters, parks, skiing, arboretums, churches, events and festivals. And our campus is less than an hour from two national forests and Shenandoah National Park!

Shenandoah Valley and regional info

Fun outdoors

EMU is less than an hour from two national forests and Shenandoah National Park. Learn more about our area…

Harrisonburg – ‘Best Biking Community’

Biking Around Campus at EMUHarrisonburg is the unofficial biking capital of the Shenandoah Valley, according to Blue Ridge Outdoors. The city of Harrisonburg was picked as one of “America’s Top Mountain Biking Towns,” by USA Today, and was named a 2012 bronze-level ride center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and top bike-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. The League also conferred a bronze award on EMU, making EMU the third university in Virginia to be recognized as a “bicycle friendly university.”

Read more about the City of Harrisonburg here

Life in the Valley

There’s a vibrant community at play and at work in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. EMU students enjoy biking, hiking, hunting, skiing, rock-climbing, canoeing, and just hanging out under typically blue skies. Want to be inside? Take in a concert, shop at Harrisonburg’s classic thrift stores, and catch up over coffee.

Here are some student favorites, photographed by EMU students and alumni…

  • Downtown Harrisonburg at night
  • George Washington National Forest
  • Earth and Tea Cafe - Harrisonburg
  • Concert in Common Grounds Coffeehouse
  • Trent Wagler and the Steel Wheels in Common Grounds Coffeehouse
  • Hiking
  • George Washington National Forest
  • Kline's Dairy Bar - Harrisonburg
  • Kline's Dairy Bar - Harrisonburg
  • Artisans Hope store in Harrisonburg
  • Downtown Harrisonburg
  • The Little Grill Collective, a local restaurant
  • Art opening at Clementine restaurant - Harrisonburg
  • Hiking
  • Canoe trip
  • Downtown Harrisonburg
  • Harrisonburg Farmer's Market
  • Backpacking
  • Climbing the Via Ferrata
  • Late Night Bowling in Harrisonburg
  • Shenandoah Bicycling Company - Downtown Harrisonburg
  • Downtown Harrisonburg
  • Students and Herm at the Friendly City Food Co-op
  • Students and Herm at Glen's Fair Price Store
  • Massanutten Regional Library, downtown Harrisonburg
  • Cat's Cradle, downtown Harrisonburg
  • Students at the Little Grill Collective
  • Students at Taste of Thai
  • Students at Rick's Cantina
  • Skiing at Massanutten Resort