Have you ever felt the need to get out of town and into the country, but didn’t want to take the effort to actually get out of town? Harrisonburg has the answer for days like this: Hillandale Park. Located less than a mile from the heart of downtown just off of Route 42, this 74-acre park has a bevy of offerings, whether your goal is exercise, relaxation, or a quiet walk amidst the trees.
Hillandale is great place to bring the family for a summer gathering. With twelve picnic pavilions, there is plenty of space to gather together in the shade with grills nearby. A playground, horseshoe pits, basketball courts, large grassy areas to kick the soccer ball around or set up an impromptu game of kickball, a regulation sand volleyball court and more offer plenty of ways to keep the crew entertained.
For the athletically inclined, Hillandale Park is the perfect destination. With a 1.3 mile trail loop that features 11 pieces of exercise equipment focusing on strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health, you can really get the most out of your workout. The park also serves as the entry point to the popular Rocktown Trails, a linked series of trails that winds for miles through a wide wooder area tucked between residential neighborhoods. The trails offer three levels of difficulty, and are designed by the International Mountain Biking Association to ensure optimal use for mountain bikers, runners, and hikers.
Hillandale is also the home for one of Harrisonburg’s most unique events, the annual International Festival. Harrisonburg’s diverse community makes it an ideal locale to celebrate the many cultures that share our city. Food vendors, performances, arts and crafts and informational sessions highlight this daylong celebration happening on September 24 of this year. This year’s lineup features performances from the local Kurdish, Ukrainian, Congolese, Chinese, Filipino, Eritrean, Latino and Italian communities.
Hillandale Park is a great example of what makes the Harrisonburg park system such an asset to the community: a place to explore, to gather, to move, to celebrate.