Parks & Recreation

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



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



Special Event Permit Application

(Park Use/Special Events & Scout Reservations)


All Forms & Applications

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

Keith Guzy: (703 )994-7066


Luray Youth Cheerleading

Cathy Marston:  (540) 421-4663


New for 2019!

Movies on Main (click here)

Where: Ruffner Plaza

Rain Venue: Luray Fire Dept.

Time: 8:30 – 10:30pm

Free popcorn provided at each movie!


  • Thursday June 27:  The Jungle Book
  • Thursday July 11:  E.T.
  • Thursday July 25:  UP
  •  Thursday August 8:  Charlotte’s Web
  • Thursday August 22:  The Wizard of Oz



New for 2019!

Town of Luray Junior Naturalist Booklet

for kids ages 4-12!


Print your free nature booklet here.


Upon completion, see front page of inside cover to find out more details on how to obtain your Junior Naturalist Badge and sticker!


New for 2019!

Parks and Recreation Summer Outdoor Adventure Programs.  Kids Ages 4-12 welcome.  Every Saturday from 1-2pm in our parks

Schedule of Events


2019 Lake Arrowhead Beach

Dates/Hours of Operation


May 25-27 - weekend only + Memorial Day

June 1 - August 18, daily

August 24-25 - weekend only

August 31 - September 2 - weekend + Labor Day

Monday – Saturday, 11am - 6pm

Sunday, noon – 6pm



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


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.



View/Download our 2019 Town of Luray Events Rack Card



View/Download our 2019 Town of Luray Sports Events Rack Card


2019 Festival of Spring Event Information


CLICK HERE to learn more!


Trout Derby:

April 13, 2019

Click Here to learn more!




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



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.







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