Basye and Orkney Springs Info

Visit beautiful Bryce Resort!

Golf, skiing, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, lake, dining, and more!

Vacation or full-time living only 25 minutes from I-81, near George Washington National Forest, Great North Mountain, and the charming village of Orkney Springs.

Here's more about the Basye-Orkney Springs Community:

The entire area is one of the best-kept secrets and most beautiful places in the Commonwealth of Virginia to live and play. Here you will find the pure forests, crystal streams, clean mountain air, roaming wildlife, and decades-old family names very well-known in the Shenandoah Valley. Nearby George Washington National Forest has 47 blazed and named hiking trails, old logging roads and some homesteads. Great North Mountain is 2,600 feet elevation and has an extensive orange blazed trail on the top. It is just 8 miles on State Route 720, Crooked Run Road, from Basye to the top. This is a hunting ground in the fall for deer, bear, and birds and was the source of iron ore for Liberty, Van Buren, and Henrietta [Alum Springs] furnaces. It is laced with old trails and wagon roads and is a hunting paradise.

The area is conveniently about 2 hours away from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area and parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Many residents move here from large cities and high-pressure jobs to find an active but less stressful environment. Some move from the north seeking warmer weather and some purchase a second home here planning eventually to become permanent residents.

Basye is an unincorporated village with a fully stocked general store which also serves as gas station, hunter check-in point, and a source of information to new visitors. There are also two restaurants, a post office, a car wash, and two real estate offices. Several active churches are nearby. The Basye-Orkney Springs Volunteer Rescue Squad fights fires and offers quick ambulance service in emergencies taking people to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock, a part of the Valley Health System.

Most of the activities and events featured at Bryce Resort in Basye are open to the public:
• Skiing; snowboarding; tubing; competitive ski races; ski lessons
• Tennis
• Swimming
• Golf
• Basye Community Library featuring adult and children’s book groups AND wireless internet
• Various Church activities
• Bridge, sewing, quilting and knitting groups
• “Take A Hike” group
• Art classes
• Sky Bryce Flying Club
 • Creekside Fitness Center
• Seasonal activities and summer camps for children.

Creekside Realty also offers rental vacation properties so that you can explore the area and enjoy its benefits right away.

Thanks to Nancy Meyer for much of the text for this page. Pictures by Linda Walcroft.

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