A and B: Boat Launch and Parking Area
Located at the end of Luray Avenue is a Department of Game and Inland Fisheries public boat launch that provides users with shoreline access to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. A public parking area is located near the site and is available to users of both the boat launch and other Park facilities. Adequate space for boat trailers and lighting has been provided.
C: Town of Front Royal Park
Located at the beginning of the Eastham Park Trail is a Town of Front Royal Park. The facility includes picnic tables, a shade structure, grills, a drinking fountain, sitting areas, restrooms and amazing views of the Shenandoah River and surrounding mountains.
D: Multi-Use Athletic Fields
Warren County's Department of Parks and Recreation maintains three multi-use athletic fields adjacent to the parking area. The fields are suitable for activities such as soccer, football, rugby, and lacrosse. If you are interested in reserving a field, please contact Parks and Recreation staff by calling (540) 635-7750.
E: Warren County Dog Park
The Dog Park is an off-leash facility that is open to the public and free of charge. Two fenced in areas are available for use; a 0.90 acres space for smaller, timid or older pets, and a 1.90 acre space that allows larger dogs plenty of room to run. All dogs that use the facility are required to be licensed by the jurisdiction in which the owner lives and no children under the age of 9 are allowed into the fenced in areas. Benches, trash receptacles, and a drinking fountain for both owners and pets are available at the facility.
1: Eastham Park Trail Phase One
Phase One begins at the public parking lot located off of Luray Avenue and travels 0.51 miles along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Enjoy breathtaking views of the River and mountains as you travel along an old road bed that was used for transportation by Native Americans and early colonial settlers. Amenities along the trailway include interpretive signage, benches and scenic overlooks.
2: Eastham Park Trail Phase Two
Phase Two takes users under the Norfolk Southern Railway track and travels 0.51 miles past Skyline High School ending at Skyline Vista Drive. This phase was constructed in 2013 and includes interpretive signage, scenic overlooks, benches, and a large outdoor classroom.
3: Eastham Park Trail Phase Three
Phase Three travels from Skyline Vista Drive to Route 340/522. Users will be able to cross Route 340/522 at an upgraded intersection and enter into Shenandoah National Park or continue traveling north to Criser Road. In the future, the trail will connect to the Dickey Ridge Trail and allow users access to Skyline Drive. This phase is scheduled to be constructed in the Fall of 2015!
Are you interested in visiting Eastham Park? Here is how you get there!
From the North: Take US 340/522 South into the Town of Front Royal. Take a left onto West 14th Street. Travel 1.4 miles and take a right on West Main Street. Take your first left onto Luray Avenue and continue 0.9 miles. The parking lot entrance is on the left before the boat launch.
From the South: Take Route 340/522 North to a left on Criser Road. Drive 0.5 miles, taking your second left onto Luray Avenue. The parking lot entrance is 0.2 miles on the left before the boat launch.
From the East: Take VA-55 West into the Town of Front Royal. Take a left onto US 340/South Royal Avenue. Go 0.3 miles and turn right onto West Criser Road. Drive 0.5 miles, taking your second left onto Luray Avenue. The parking lot entrance is 0.2 miles on the left before the boat launch.
The three phases of the Eastham Park Trail serve as a key segment in the larger Royal Shenandoah Greenway (RSG). The Greenway concept was developed by the Front Royal-Warren County Tree Stewards with the assistance of Virginia Tech’s Community Design Assistance Center. RSG will be approximately four miles in length and will connect downtown Front Royal, the Front Royal-Warren County Visitor’s Center, Happy Creek Arboretum, the new Samuel’s Public Library, multiple public parks and playing fields, the Warren County Dog Park, three public school facilities, Shenandoah National Park, a public boat landing, interpretive sites, and an outdoor classroom. Eventually the Greenway will be connected with the 240 acre land conservancy which lies to the north of the Luray Avenue boat landing and extends along the South Fork of the ShenandoahRiver. This land conservancy is currently an EPA Superfund site and is the home to the former Avtex Fibers manufacturing facility.