Introduction to Front Royal, Virginia
Front Royal, Virginia, in Warren county, is 46 miles W of Reston, Virginia (center to center) and 63 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia. The town is located in the Washington metropolitan area. Front Royal has a population of 13,589.
Front Royal History
The origin of this town’s name is not certain. According to one theory, the early French settlers called this area "le front royal" which meant "the British frontier." The name referred to the land grant that was made by King Charles II. Front Royal was also known as "Loce" and "Helltown" during the 18th century. During this period, rough and wild river travelers and mountaineers came looking for alcohol and women in this area, which is why it was called "Helltown". The area had its first rail road in 1854.
Front Royal and nearby Attractions
- Happy Creek Industrial Park
- White Oaks Farm
- Warren Rifles Confederate Museum
- Crosby Stadium
- Skyline Caverns
- Constitution Oak Plaza Shopping Center
Things To Do In Front Royal
The most popular tourist attractions in this area include the Skyline Caverns and Skyline Drive. The northern entrance to the Shenandoah National Park is also in this area. The town has many attractions dating back to the American Civil War. Front Royal is also known as the "Canoe Capital of Virginia" because it offers excellent opportunities for rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and tubing.
Front Royal Transportation
Washington Dulles International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Front Royal Higher Education
Facilities for higher education are available at the local Christendom College. Other colleges in neighboring areas include Lord Fairfax Community College and Shenandoah University.