Whether you want to bike, hike, shop, or just stroll, Shenandoah County is rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage. Traditionally, a county with strong commercial ties to agriculture, Shenandoah is also one of the most historic and beautiful counties in the state. Shenandoah County is proudly home to six incorporated towns: Edinburg, Mount Jackson, Toms Brook, New Market, Strasburg and Woodstock. Known as The String of Pearls, each town has unique shops, restaurants and businesses. From outside to inside, we have just what you are looking for.

Shenandoah County continues to be a place where commerce and the power of human ingenuity work not only alongside but in the context of our great national heritage. We continue to promote the general welfare of our citizens and the prosperity of our County by developing a mutually beneficial network of local businesses, stimulating public support for our business community, and taking advantage of our beautiful location.

Whether you're new to our community, "born-and-raised," or simply passing through, we hope that you'll appreciate Shenandoah County for what it offers and continue to support our local economy.

We invite you to Come Play Outdoors and get to know Shenandoah County. Hike the 178 miles of trails that wind through the George Washington National Forest, and explore over 30 miles of streams that wander down the mountains to join the Shenandoah River in the valley below.

Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll in a small town or a strenuous hike on a mountain trail, a high energy mountain bike adventure or navigating a sleek kayak down the river, settling-in for the night at a rural campground or ending your day in a cozy hotel room- we have a variety of outside activities to suit your interests.

Come Play Outdoors and discover why there's only one Shenandoah County in the Shenandoah Valley!


See everything there is to do right here... Come Play Outside. Shenandoah County Outdoor Recreation from Shenandoah County Tourism on Vimeo.


The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is open weekdays from 9 am - 3 pm at 103 South Main St. in Woodstock.  Stop by and see us! You may also use the contact form to reach us, or if you wish, use one of the other contact methods provided on that page. 

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    Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 08:30 AM

    Workforce Solutions presents Disney Institute Creativity and Innovation

    Disney's Approach to Creativity & Innovation



    Your organization is already filled with creativity—the challenge is cultivating and harnessing its full potential.

    Fortunately, every organization already has a rich source of creativity readily available to it: its employees. A brilliant idea can come from anywhere so tapping into the diverse perspectives of your workforce can lead to extraordinary results. While The Walt Disney Company is known for translating creativity into innovative products, services and business solutions, this is only possible because of its carefully crafted environment that fosters idea generation and implementation.

    Innovation is possible when individual creativity and organizational processes are successfully integrated. Innovations are not always huge changes either—sometimes the most impactful advancements are incremental improvements over time. Through Disney Institute, individuals learn the important connection between effective leadership and a culture designed to foster continuous creativity and innovation. During this course, learn techniques to capitalize on employees’ diversity and uncover new solutions to business challenges, great and small.

    What You Will Learn In This One-Day Course?

    • Adapt time-tested Disney business insights to assess and improve your organization.
    • Discover how personal creativity can foster organizational innovation and lead to economic results.
    • Practice techniques that can build creativity with your employees.
    • Apply tools that generate ideas to create a collaborative work environment.
    • Gain insight into the implementation of processes that foster creativity and nurture innovation in your organization.
    • Identify the ways that your organization can embed creativity and innovation in your culture for continued improvement over time.

    Who Should Attend?

    Disney Institute insights and illustrations are beneficial to anyone interested in discovering the key business practices that make The Walt Disney Company a worldwide success, and those who desire to adapt these key insights to help drive financial results, repeat business, and a sustainab

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