Parks & Recreation

Director of Parks & Recreation:

Employment Opportunity



Town of Luray, Virginia

PO Box 629   ::   45 East Main Street, Luray, VA 22835

Town Office: (540) 743-5511  ::  West Main Bridge

                             Fax: (540) 743-1486

April - October: The Parks & Recreation Department has an on-call staff member to address after hours problems or concerns at any of our parks.


On-Call number: 540-843-4146




Special Event Permit Application

(Parades/Assemblies/Park Use)


Shelter Rental Information

Softball/Baseball Field Use, Ralph H. Dean

Lake Arrowhead Details






Tony Painter:  (540) 743-1180


Luray Valley Soccer Club (Travel Soccer)

Ben Zimmerman:  (540) 244-9365


Luray Little League Baseball & Softball

Mary Ridgeway:  (540) 244-7116


Luray Youth Football

President, Buck Ancell:  (540) 533-1656


Luray Youth Cheerleading

Cathy Marston:  (540) 421-4663

2019 Festival of Spring Event Information

CLICK HERE to learn more!

10.1.18 The Lake Arrowhead Playground is currently closed (until further notice) due to maintenance & repair work.


Festival of spring - 2018

A special thank you to everyone who helped to make this year's Festival of Spring such a success!



Thanks to everyone who supported and participated in our annual Youth Trout Derby day - April 2018!

Photo of 2017 Christmas Parade  Photo of 2017 Christmas Parade

Photo of 2017 Christmas Parade  Photo of 2017 Christmas Parade



The Town of Luray Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the operation and management of seven parks, consisting of approximately 300 acres of parkland located in and around Luray, Virginia.


The first and largest park is Lake Arrowhead Park, built in the early 1970’s and located approximately two miles outside of the Town of Luray limits.  Lake Arrowhead offers a 34-acre lake with fishing, boating, canoe and kayak rentals, a white sand beach for swimming, and a concession stand.  There are six picnic shelters with restroom facilities, a baseball field, playground areas, two miles of marked hiking trails, and a boy scout camping area.  Total acreage of the park is 125.


The second park is the Ralph H. Dean Recreation Park. This park is approximately 58 acres and was built in the early 1990’s, partially with funding from the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Virginia Department of Transportation.  The Ralph H. Dean Recreation Park is a dynamic recreational facility kept in impeccable condition with scenic mountain views.  In 2009-2010 the Town of Luray expanded park facilities to include two National Softball Association regulation softball fields.  The principal softball field complex has stadium style seating (capacity 600) and state of the art press box and concession facilities.  Also located at the Ralph H. Dean Recreation Park are three Little League baseball fields, a Robert Leathers designed wooden playground the Imagination Station, a 70’x40’ skate park, a nine hole Frisbee golf course, several restroom facilities, a 1-1/4 mile Fit-Trail walking trail, and two picnic shelters that are available for daily rental.


The third and fourth parks we are responsible for maintaining are small neighborhood parks.  The first being Luray Inn Lawn Park, located across from the Page Public Library which consists of a community gazebo, picnic areas, and playground equipment.  The second community park is Eugene Park, located on Rosser Drive. This park consists of picnic areas and playground equipment.  These two parks have a total acreage of 11.


The fifth and sixth parks we are responsible for are the unique “pocket” parks.  The “Slye Pocket Park” is located on East Main Street and is a small park with landscaping, picnic tables, and benches.  The “Cave Pond Park” is located on West Main Street and includes a one-acre pond with a lighted fountain, a handicapped fishing dock, covered picnic tables, and benches.  The total acreage of both parks is 20.


Last, but certainly not least, is our beautiful award-winning Luray-Hawksbill Greenway located along the Hawksbill Creek in downtown Luray.  This linear park features a 10’ wide paved walking pathway with benches and picnic tables which parallel the Trout-stocked Hawksbill Creek.  Phase #1 of this 4-phase trail, which is ½ mile in length, was completed in the Spring of 2002.  This phase runs from the Commuter Park-and-Ride (at the intersection of Route 211 Bypass and Route 340 North) to Main Street.  Phase #2, completed in 2003, crosses Main Street, runs for about ½ mile, and stops at the Route 340 (Farm Bureau) Bridge.  This phase includes a beautiful plaza area with swings, an arbor, and also another small Cliffside pocket park with considerable landscaping, a drinking fountain, picnic tables and benches.  In 2004 a ramp was installed under Main Street to ensure that trail users would have a safe passageway.  Phase #3, completed in 2005, runs from the Park-and-Ride area under Route 211 Bypass and makes a large loop.  This phase is approximately ¾ of a mile in length; this phase also traverses our Riparian area.  Phase #4, completed in 2009, runs along Route 340 South for approximately ¼ mile from the Farm Bureau Bridge to Oscar Sour’s Bridge.  In 2010, with funding from the Virginia Department of Forestry, a permeable paver parking lot was constructed on Phase #4.  Also in 2010, with funding from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, two trailside comfort stations were completed to provide our trail users with a clean, safe comfort area that is aesthetically pleasing.  The completed trail is approximately 2 miles in total distance.


For 17 consecutive years since 2001, the National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Luray as a “Tree City USA”, Luray is 1 of 56 Virginia communities to receive the “Tree City USA” Award. In addition, the town is 1 of 8 to receive the foundations prestigious Growth Award annually since 2003. Luray is 1 of only 6 in Virginia to earn the Sterling Award.


Today, the Town of Luray with its scenic views and natural wonders, offers visitors outdoor recreational activities, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter events and concerts, dining & shopping, entertainment, museums, and SO MUCH MORE.  In addition, Luray is known as the gateway to the Shenandoah National Park connecting nature lovers and sightseers to the Skyline Drive which extends eastward along the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The Town of Luray is also home to the internationally-known "Luray Caverns".  With four seasons of adventure, Luray is the perfect year-round destination.




The Luray Hawksbill Greenway Trail Wins Gold

Governor McAuliffe Announces Environmental Excellence Award Winners.   VIEW DETAILS

Motion Picture TRI

The motion picture, TRI, was filmed, in part, at the Luray Triathlon!  View the trailer for the film.


More Events All Year

View our events card for a detailed listing of events happening all year long.


Additional Events Info

Check out our calendar of events for more information on scheduled events and activities happening throughout the year.



Creative?  Apply for our Manhole Painting Project!

Click here for details & application information.


Two handicapped fishing platforms along Luray's award winning Greenway trail is complete.  For more information, visit the official website for the Hawksbill Greenway Foundation.


The Hawksbill Greenway Foundation recently received a donation of $1000 from VF Jeanswear. This was part of a Sustainability award that the VF Jeanswear Luray facility received for being a Zero Waste Facility in 2015. As part of the award, they were able to donate to a “Green Project” in our community. The Foundation is most grateful for the donation. READ MORE


We recently painted all of the Ralph H Dean Recreation Park fitness stations and replaced all of the fitness trail signage.


Local Boy Scouts have made  improvements at Lake Arrowhead, including re-roofing the Edwin Smith Boy Scout Adirondacks.  Our scouts are also working on replacing a bridge along the trail at Lake Arrowhead that had previously washed out after a storm.




Notes & Facility Use


Lake Arrowhead is not a public campground except during specific events.  For more information, please call (540) 843-0770.  Registered Boy Scout Troops may reserve a Lake Arrowhead campground by submitting an application (available here) and submitting along with the $50 usage fee.


PARK GUESTS AND PETS: Please remember to pick up after your pets. "Mutt-Mitt" dispensers are conveniently placed along the trail for this purpose.



The Town of Luray Parks and Recreation Department features a tennis court located beside of the American Legion building on Zerkel Street.  The court is open to the public 7 days a week.



Facility in Luray-Ralph Dean Recreation Park concession stand is open during all events. Field and Shelters Available to Rent.



Facility in Luray-Ralph Dean Recreation Park concession stand open during all events. Field and Shelters Available to Rent.



Facility in Luray-Ralph Dean Recreation Park concession stand open during all events. Field and Shelters Available to Rent.



Facility in Luray-Ralph Dean Recreation Park concession stand open during all events. Field and Shelters Available to Rent.



For groups wishing to hold a special activity or event on any of the Town of Luray park properties.  View our Forms & Applications page for more information.





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