94 Natural Chimneys Ln., Mount Solon, Virginia
Soaring above the surrounding plain, the chimneys are a strange remnant of a time, centuries ago, when an ocean covered the Shenandoah Valley, leaving behind these rocks etched by the forces of nature.
It takes little imagination to see in these weathered, highly textured formations such shapes as turrets, gargoyles, distant cities, or perhaps menacing fortifications. Small junipers growing among the rocks help to create a curiously deceptive scale.
Since 1821, on the third Saturday of August a jousting tournament has been held on the plains below the chimneys. Modern-day knights on galloping horses try to spear three steel rings hanging from crossbars suspended over the 75-yard course in the meadow known as the National Jousting Hall of Fame. Self-guiding nature and biking trails wander through the fields and woodlands. The park also has 145 tree-shaded campsites with electric and water hook-up, a swimming pool, picnic areas, and a children’s playground.
Open year-round. Admission charged.