5 stars *****
Location: New Market VA.Address: 57 River Rd, New Market, VA 22844
You will need:
USPA card, Log Book and Reserve Card
You will check in at the Manifest Located in the rear of the main hangar
*Dogs friendly (pick up after your dog please let's not ruin it for others also please read signs dogs are allowed in certain areas)
* rigger loft
* Large indoor hangar
*Bathroom with showers
* Onsite Camping (call ahead if you are bringing an RV)
*A Staff of Professional Packers - $7.00 per pack job. * Tip your rigger it's just nice
*There is a large fun jumper packing area located in the second hangar if you chose to pack yourself.
*Full altitude - $25.00 -12k
Hop and Pop $18.00
*Cessna 206 (The Shark!!!!)
That door though
*Special Aircraft brought in from time to time
Never grow old
The closest airport to Shenandoah is Reagan International Airport -
*We recommend Delta, due to range of flights, prices and customer care
Address: Arlington, VA 22202
*114 miles to the West it's around a 1.40 HR drive (yeah its far)
*If flying in we recommend renting a car
We at Pussfoot love taking road trips. Road trips give us the opportunity to meet amazing people and visit new drop zones. Having our own car on a skydiving adventure gives us a sense of safety and an additional place to store belongings. So if you are like us and are going to drive there are some things to know.
*Use Waze - this will route you around traffic and show you all of the police. This app should save you some time on your journey.
*If you are coming from the NE let's say New York - trust me stay on 95 unless Waze tells you to exit. Just like Mom Waze knows best!
*Do you really need to bring that? Pack light, you are still in America and can stop to get whatever you need.
*Get a BP rewards card. You will earn $ 0.10 off a gallon for every 20 you buy. * There are BP gas stations all the way down. This last trip I saved over $50.00 in fuel using one. ( I cannot stress this car enough! I have saved thousands of dollars over the last three years. Link https://www.mybpstation.com/bp-driver-rewards )
*Remember to take breaks, switch drivers and stay hydrated and fueled up. The most important part of any road trip is enjoying the journey, no need to rush!
*Bonus - Pussfoot has its own Budget car rental discount code. It has saved me a ton of money on a bunch of trips -- X447988 -- enjoy
Arriving at DZ:
So you made it! Do you know where you are staying? Do not forget to check in to the Manifest when they are open so you can fill out you waver and be given an orientation. If you will be arriving after hrs, make sure to let management know you will be late. If you are camping make sure to visit the manifest when you wake up to check in.
Sit back and relax!!
My advice would be to stay at the DZ for your trip. Every night brings the chance for some fun. From the Fire Pit to the clean air, The DZ is not a party DZ but people are definitely chilling by the fire and always enjoying a cold drink.
4 stars ****
Open field with no shade, RV’s welcome.
If bringing your RV please call ahead to let them know and assign you a spot!
Campfire (yes) -please use fire pit located by the packing hangar!
Light the night
The DZ has some wood but if you like, you can get bundles of wood from Tractor supply located just up the road for $5.00 a bundle.
Two private bathrooms are located near the main office. They well kept.
*Be kind and clean up after yourself. We are all adults and being a slob is just not cool for the next person who needs to use the facilities :-)
14 miles to the East / around a 20 min drive
Address: 1462 Us Hwy 211 West, Luray, VA 22835
Phone: (540) 843-2023
Food, Beer,hygiene and wood
5.6 miles to the South / around a 8 min drive
Address: 375 S Main St, Timberville, VA 22853
Phone: (540) 896-0212
Below you will find a map of Skydive Shenandoah. Look for the red arrow that says Camping area. Just pull in and set up your tent. (Be mindful of the signage). If it is late try to be quiet because there may be people trying to sleep. You will also find the bathroom marked on Map. * I found that this tent city is extremely safe, nothing was stolen. There is always someone watching out for your gear. With that being said you never know who might not be part of the Skydive Code. So take care to lock up whatever you can and be mindful of your stuff. Need a tent and or camping supplies, don't forget that an unnamed large have it all store is located nearby and has an unconditional 90 day return policy.
*I recommend staying at the DZ, However if you need a hotel here is the link.
If you are looking for a bit more action look to stay in Harrisonburg - Its a college town with a ton of night life http://bit.ly/2IlmqZX
Rent a room:
My go to for rooms or home to rent as always is Airbnb
No food is available at the DZ at this time but running into town is only around a 5 min trip
Other food is available within 15 min of the DZ:
Things to see:
Ok so this is Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and I found the weather to be typical mountain weather. With that being said it will rain at some point. So what do you do on a weather hold? Well if you think you are done for the day feel free to grab a beer and chill at the fire pit. However, if you think the day could be saved and want to keep jumping here are a few things to do.
* Ask manifest for ideas they are full of info!
Virginia Museum of the Civil War:
Address: 8895 George Collins Pkwy, New Market, VA 22844
6 min drive to the North
Phone: (866) 515-1864
New Market Community Pool
Phone: (540) 740-3362
2.5 Miles to the East
Around a 5 min drive
So many trails to choose from. Use the link above.
Around a 15 min drive but it's worth it
Phone: (540) 896-2283
Address: 1800 Endless Caverns Rd, New Market, VA 22844
In closing Pussfoot had an epic time at Skydive Shenandoah. Although we have never spent more than two days at a clip, we were able to meet some amazing people and get in some stellar jumps. From the Staff to the fun jumpers, the vibe is amazing. This Dropzone will for sure remain on my favorite dropzone list. In the end it's the people and memories we have made that count and this dropzone is sure to provide plenty. Don't forget that Skydive Shenandoah hosts a few small events every year, so make sure to check them out.
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Blue Skies !!