Front Royal, Woodstock through to second round of competition

The towns of Front Royal and Woodstock have advanced to the second round of a competition to determine the best adventure town in the South. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine is responsible for the contest, and Front Royal is now running against Frankfort, Kentucky; and Woodstock is pitted against Abingdon for round two.

The competition is broken down into three categories: small town, medium town and large town. Front Royal is competing as a medium town, Woodstock as a small one.

The winner of the competition will be featured on Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s website and will also get a spread in its November issue.

Tim Smith, coordinator of Front Royal’s visitor center, said the town did not submit anything for the competition, rather Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine chose it.

“They selected us,” Smith said. “There were a total of 40 towns and cities that they selected. I think there were 16 towns in the medium sized grouping. We won the first round against Martinsburg (West Virginia). We ended up winning the first round based on votes.”

Smith said that when it comes to being an “adventure town,” Front Royal is second to none, offering myriad activities to adventure seekers.

“We’ve got all kinds of outdoor recreation opportunities. We’ve got hiking, fishing, ballooning, bicycling. We’ve got national parks, national forests, horseback riding and plenty of opportunities out here to do it.”

Jenna French, director of tourism for Shenandoah County said that Woodstock is a great adventure town in its own right.

“One of the things that makes Woodstock a good adventure town is the proximity to a lot of outdoor recreation options,” French said. “There’s tons and tons of hiking trails. Route 11 Outfitters is nearby. … In our county alone we have 178 miles of hiking trails. The ATV park through Massanutten Mountain is accessible near Woodstock Tower. Woodstock is well positioned in any direction to have access to all those activities.”

The rest of the Old Dominion is well represented as well, with Harrisonburg, Richmond, Roanoke and Virginia Beach all winning their first round matchups and headed to round two also.

Those who would like to cast votes for their favorite towns can do so at Voting for the second round of competition started at noon Aug. 23 and ends Sept. 5. Voters can vote once every 24 hours from any device. The competition concludes completely on Sept. 19.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or

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