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The Shenandoah Valley (/ˌʃɛnənˈdə/) is a geographic valley and cultural region of western Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The valley is bounded to the east by the Blue Ridge Mountains, to the west by the eastern front of the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians (excluding Massanutten Mountain), to the north by the Potomac River and to the south by the James River. The cultural region covers a larger area that includes all of the valley plus the Virginia highlands to the west, and the Roanoke Valley to the south. It is physiographically located within the Ridge and Valley province and is a portion of the Great Appalachian Valley.

Quick facts: Shenandoah Valley, Floor elevation, Long-axis...
Shenandoah Valley
A view across the Shenandoah Valley and Shenandoah River
Shenandoah Valley
Floor elevation500–1,500 feet (150–460 m)
Long-axis directionNortheast to southwest
Geography
Population centersWinchester
Harrisonburg
Staunton
Lexington
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Borders onBlue Ridge Mountains (east)
Ridge and Valley Appalachians (west)
Potomac River (north)
James River (south)
Traversed by I-64 / I-81 / US 11 / US 33 / US 50 / US 250
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Map of the Shenandoah Valley
The Shenandoah Valley in autumn
A poultry farm with the Blue Ridge Mountains in background
A farm in the fertile Shenandoah Valley

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