Agritourism is one of the fastest growing business sectors in agriculture and tourism.  More and more people want to see where their food comes from, to enjoy an afternoon relaxing and enjoying wine at a local vineyard or taking a family outing to choose a Christmas tree, Pumpkin for Halloween or introduce the children to the special thrills of a day on a farm.  Perhaps petting animals, walking through a maze or just enjoying picking vegetables and fruit to take home and eat.

Because of our ideal location, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley just over the Blue Ridge Mountains and about an hour from Washington DC and Northern Virginia, Beautiful Clarke County is becoming a magnet for those hungry to get away to a peaceful environment for a relaxing day in the country.  We also are fortunate to have the Appalachian Trail and the Shenandoah River for those that want to include a hike or a kayak or canoe trip in their weekend fun.

Agritourism may include many aspects appealing to virtually any Agripreneur that wants to add value to an existing farm or to start a new Agritourism business on a new farm.  Listed below are a number of Agritourism business types and the county is always open to learning about new ideas.  Many of these business operations may be quite simple to start requiring only a zoning application and a business license.  However, depending on location and the actual business type that is desired there may be requirements for additional review by the county and the state.  It is suggested to contact the Zoning and Planning Department early in the planning process.

Christmas Tree Farms


Farm Based Breweries and Distilleries

Farm Markets

Pick your own fruits and vegetables

Small scale production of Local Produce such as honey, jelly, jams, herbs and meats

Wholesale Landscape Production of Plants, Trees and Shrubs

Farm Petting zoo, maze, educational visits, pick your own vegetables

Equine Operations including boarding, training, events, lessons and trail rides.

Useful links

Clarke County Virginia Cooperative Extension

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Virginia Farm Bureau

Clarke County Equine Alliance