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BY ERIC J. WALLACE

From a 4,463-foot mountain to
the easy flow of the South River,
from biking at Sherando Lake
to a great choice of lodging, the
Staunton/Augusta County area is
a haven for getting sweaty and
grabbing a beer.
NESTLED IN THE HILL COUNTRY of the mid-

PAT AND CHUCK BLACKLEY

Shenandoah Valley, with a population of just 24,000,
the City of Staunton has the down-home feel of a
wonderfully cultured mountain outpost.
Its historic downtown is comprised of restored
Victorian buildings and is home to what is regarded
as the world's preeminent Shakespearean theater, as
well as the Heifetz Institute, one of the nation's most
acclaimed classical music institutions. Throughout
the summer, the 214-acre Gypsy Hill Park hosts free
nightly music concerts, including award-winning
bluegrass and jazz series.
There are breweries and restaurants galore.
Overlooking downtown is the hilltop campus of Mary
Baldwin College. Dating to the 19th century, the
grounds offer visitors sprawling lawns and terraces
punctuated by centuries-old oaks and maples, from
which to view the town and its surrounding environs.
With the Shenandoah National Park and
Blue Ridge Parkway as its eastern border, and
the Shenandoah Mountain range and George
Washington and Jefferson National Forests as its
western, Augusta County/Staunton is a perfect
basecamp for outdoor exploration.

AUGUSTA STUNNER
The view here is from Chimney Rocks on the Riprap Loop.
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