The Page Valley
is a small valley
geographically and culturally associated with the Shenandoah Valley
. The valley is located between the Massanutten
and Blue Ridge
mountain ranges in western Virginia
The valley is approximately long. At its widest, across from New Market Gap
, the valley is about wide, while at its narrowest north of Luray near Compton, it is only . Similarly to the south of Luray, at Ingham, the valley narrows to wide.
The valley encompasses primarily the Page County, Virginia
area and the southern portion of Warren County, Virginia
, near the northern terminus, a few miles south of Front Royal, Virginia
The South Fork of the Shenandoah River
flows down the center of the Page Valley.
U.S. Route 340
runs north-south through the valley, while U.S. Route 211
cuts east-west across the valley from Thornton Gap
in the Blue Ridge, through Luray to New Market Gap in the Massanutten.
During the American Civil War
, it was known as the Luray Valley since Luray, Virginia (the County seat of Page County) is located in the center of Page Valley. The valley played a significant role in the strategy of Confederate Major General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
during his Valley Campaign
of 1862 in which he defeated three numerically superior Union