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Experience the Mountain Life at Ƶapp, VA

A breathtaking property, Explore Resort® features 6,000 acres of mountain fun at its very best. Unique in both its size, variety of amenities, and outstanding condo and hotel accommodations, Ƶapp has secured its spot as one of the premier all-seasons resort destinations on the East Coast.

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Resort Quick Info

Resort Quick Info

Resort Information
Resort NameExplore Resort®
Street Address1822 Resort Drive
City NameƵapp
State/ProvinceVirginia
Postal/Zip Code22840
CountryUSA
Phone Number540.289.9441
Fax Number540.289.6981
Check-in Time4 - 6 pm (depending on association)
Check-out Time10 am
Map Latitude38.4016°N
Map Longitutde78.7561°W  

Resort Amenities

  • Hot Tub, Jacuzzi, and Whirlpool
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Sauna: Steam
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Vending Machines
  • WaterPark Onsite
  • Wheelchair & ADA Accessible

Dining & Entertainment

  • Bar / Cocktail Lounge
  • Cafeteria
  • Entertainment (live)
  • Nightclub
  • BBQ & Pizzeria
  • Poolside Snack Bar

Recreation (Onsite / Nearby)

  • Aerobics Classes
  • Ball Field
  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Bicycle Trails
  • Bicycles
  • Billiards/Pool Table
  • Canoe/Kayak/River Tubing
  • Fishing
  • Game Room / Video Arcade
  • Golf (18 Holes)
  • Golf Instruction
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding / Equestrian Center
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jogging Path
  • Kayaks and Canoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Mountain Biking
  • Playground
  • Putting Green
  • Racquetball
  • Running
  • Skiing: Downhill
  • Skiing: Instruction / School
  • Sport Court
  • Table Tennis / Ping Pong
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Instruction
  • Volleyball

Services

  • ATM (cash machine)
  • Business Center
  • Changing Room(s)
  • Concierge
  • Conference Facilities
  • Convenience Store
  • Gift Shops / News Stand
  • Spa
The Ƶapp Farmers Market is back for the summer season!

The Ƶapp Farmers Market is back for the summer season!

Wednesdays 9 am - 12 pm | May 29 - Aug 28 | *Weather dependent

This summer, experience the local community on a whole new level. With vendors from across Rockingham County, we look forward to providing a space for guests and locals to come together and celebrate our farmers and artisans.

Location: South parking lot of the Woodstone Meadows building | 1822 Resort Drive

Classes at the Spa

Classes at the Spa

Enjoy one of our weekly classes at The Spa at Ƶapp! Classes offered include Facial Massage, Stretching, and Couples Massage. All classes are taught by a licensed staff member on our outside covered deck.

Must register 24 hours in advance. No walk-ins. Space is limited. Call 540.289.4040 to schedule. Class size is limited to 12 individuals and 6 couples for the couples massage class.

Base Camp Summer Concert Series

Our next Base Camp Summer Concert Series is July 20!

These events feature live music from three diverse bands all on one main stage! There will also be fantastic fun activities for all ages, such as; Giant chess, disc golf, soccer darts, Kan Jam, cornhole, and so much more! For those that can partake, beer and wine along with food to cure what ails you will be available. Admission is $15 per person | Kids 6 & under are free!

View 2024 dates and event band line ups here.

What's New

What's New

NEW! Teen Night at Diamond Jim's Arcade

Thursdays | June 27 - August 11 | 7 - 9 PM | Ages 13 - 17 | Cost: $20
Come join Ƶapp’s newest teen party at the WaterPark! Diamond Jim’s Arcade is the place for teens to be to play arcade games, meet new friends, and listen to their favorite beats with DJ Cam. Each teen will receive a card for unlimited free play on all non-ticketed arcade games for the duration of the party. Sweetz will be open for all your sweet 'n' salty cravings.

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Introduction to Archery Classes

From beginners to intermediates- this archery class is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals, marksmanship, and safety behind a fast growing sport.

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays (weather permitting)
Location: Field next to the Indoor WaterPark
Cost: $30 per person | A 20% discount is available with a valid Gold Card ID or a valid Military ID.
Ages 10 & up

View sessions times and book online using the below booking widget.

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New Escape Room!

NOW OPEN! Ƶapp's newest escape room is The Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition! Unlock the secrets of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe on Ƶapp Mountain before time runs out.

Difficulty: Moderate | Address: 11473 Spotswood Trail, Ƶapp, VA 22840

To book your escape room adventure, please call 540.289.4046, resort ext 65466, or use the below booking widget.

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2024 Locals Cup Race League

Mark your calendars, prep your bikes, and get ready to ride because Locals Cup is BACK for bike season! With new & improved trails, great company, sweet prizes, and loads of fun, this is a series you do not want to miss! 

Schedule & Race Trail

  • July 14 | Macadamia
  • July 28 | TBA
  • August 11 | TBA
  • August 25 | TBA

Registration is free! Just bring your season pass or buy a day-pass from the Bike Shop. Click the link below to register!

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The Next Base Camp Summer Concert Series is July 20!

The Base Camp Summer Concert Series at Explore Resort features live music from three diverse bands all on one main stage! There will also be fantastic fun activities for all ages. We will have games like; Giant chess, disc golf, soccer darts, Kan Jam, cornhole, and so much more! For those that can partake, beer and wine along with food to cure what ails you will be available. This is a ticketed event.

2024 Dates & Band Line Up

Saturday, July 20 | 5 - 10 PM

  • 5 - 6 pm | Kris Hitchcock
  • 7 - 8 pm | Gypsy Town
  • 8:30 - 10 pm | Radio Hero

Saturday, August 10 | 5 - 10 PM

  • 5 - 6 pm | TBD
  • 7 - 8 pm | Relentless
  • 8:30 - 10 pm | Brent Hull Band 

Saturday, September 14

  • 5 - 6 pm | TBD
  • 7 - 8 pm | TBD
  • 8:30 - 10 pm | Big City Band

Admission is $15 per person | Kids 6 & under are free!
Tickets are also for sale in-person at The Market, General Store, and Front Desk.

Event Address | 4616 Ƶapp Drive, Ƶapp, VA 22840

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The Ƶapp Farmers Market is back for the summer season!

Wednesdays 9 am - 12 pm | May 29 - Aug 28 |*Weather dependent

Explore Resort is excited to announce the re-launch of the Ƶapp Farmers Market for 2024! This summer, experience the local community on a whole new level. With vendors from across Rockingham County, we look forward to providing a space for guests and locals to come together and celebrate our farmers and artisans. View a list of vendors here.

Location: South parking lot of the Woodstone Meadows building | 1822 Resort Drive

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Summer Lodging Deals

Get ready for an exciting summer adventure and take advantage of the lowest prices of the season with our summer packages! Immerse yourself in outdoor excitement with our Bike Park or Golf packages, enjoy a delicious meal at one of our four delightful restaurants with our Taste of Ƶapp package, or select the guest favorite Stay Longer, Save More package.

Ƶapp our summer packageshere. Choose the summer package that’s right for you and prepare for an enjoyable experience that lasts a lifetime at Ƶapp—we’re the FUN ones!

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Now Hiring for the Summer Season!

At Explore Resort, our employees clock in to ensure our guests have a remarkable experience, every time! We ensure our guests live their adventure to the fullest. We pride ourselves in the community we create.

Our employees clock out for their own adventure enjoying FREE Indoor/Outdoor WaterPark fun, Mountain Biking, zip lines, access to two recreation centers, outdoor/indoor pools, and more!

Search job positions & apply online here

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Learn to Mountain Bike with our Pathway Lesson Package!

Our 3-hour Pathway Package is a perfect first time experience. This program includes trail-use, bike rental, and a 60 minute lesson from our ride school. Pathway riders are limited to the lower beginner and intermediate trails which are ideal for honing bike skills.

$95 | Ages 10+ | Sessions offered at 10 am & 1 pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays

New to mountain biking? View our Beginner's Mountain Bike here for helpful tips & info.

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Ƶapp Outdoor WaterPark is now open!!

All summer long experience the thrill of our MASS Mayhem, Peak Plunge, or Valley Vortex water slides. Race your friends and family down our 296-feet mat racer or just relax in the wave pool as three foot waves keep you cool all day long. Don't forget to grab a bite to eat at The Chill Grill, test your gaming skills at Diamond Jim’s Arcade, and purchase towels and must have souvenirs at MerchanDice Surf Shop.

Plus check out the newly refurbished Meltdown in the Ƶapp Indoor WaterPark!

View hours & buy tickets online here.

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Resort App

Resort App

The NEW Resort App is here!

Experience everything Ƶapp has to offer using the official Explore Resort app. With the new app, you can:

  • Navigate from check-in to your room/condo
  • Book activities
  • Receive app only discounts
  • Personalized vacation itineraries
  • Navigate the resort using our interactive map
  • Check the weather & ski conditions
  • Stay up to date with resort news & alerts

To download the app, please visit the or on your smartphone or tablet. To learn more about the app and walk through how to use all the features of the new app, For app navigation info and an icon key, please click here.

We want your feedback!

Your feedback will help us continue to improve the app and fix bugs.

History & Mission Statement

History & Mission Statement

Explore Resort Employee Owned Logo

Mission Statement - To provide remarkable experiences in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Vision Statement - To be the premier resort destination in the mid-Atlantic.

Our Core Values
Take care of our guests
Take care of our property
Take care of our team
Take care of ourselves


Ƶapp History

In 1968, John L. Hopkins, II, sat at a table in rural McGaheysville, in the kitchen of his great-grandfather's house. He gazed out the window that frames a spectacular view of the Ƶapp Peak, and contemplated the woes of being a farmer caught in the middle of a four-year-long drought.

Three years later, May 26, 1971, the development of 5,200 acres in Ƶapp, by a group of ten investors, was announced at a luncheon held at Spotswood Country Club in Harrisonburg. And now, forty years later, Ƶapp Village is a thriving four-season resort and community of over 1,000 single family homes, 1300 timesharing units, and a multi-million dollar ski business.

There's been a lot of 'water over the dam' in that time, a lot of pieces that have fallen into place, and a few pieces that have fallen out of place, but the history of the development of Ƶapp is as exciting to study as its future looks to be. Ƶapp's rather undramatic beginnings from a kitchen window view are best described as a chronology with a generous amount of detail, cupfuls of facts, and a healthy dash of wonder at the enormity of the project John L. only vaguely realized in his mind's eye that day at his window.

Let's take a look back at the history of the resort:

In the cities, during the 1800's, where it was crowded and dusty, there were poorly maintained water sources and waste management. This led to disease and caused the city dwellers to look to the valley for respite. Gerard T. Hopkins saw an opportunity in sharing the valley and built a health resort, Rockingham Springs, just below the peak. His great-grandson revived the philosophy over 100 years later and built a new resort...Ƶapp.

When Rockingham Springs was opened in 1875, it was advertised heavily in Baltimore, Washington and Richmond through a brochure describing its 'restful delights' and a complete chemical analysis of the spring waters attesting to the 'restorative powers' found in five natural springs. These advertisements helped develop Rockingham Springs into becoming a 'wonderful second home community' for families to spend their summers.

The resort featured a hotel in one building and a few smaller buildings for longer-term guests with an occupancy of about 100. There was also a bath house, laundry house, ice house, and a stable. Guests arrived in Harrisonburg by train and were brought to the resort by horse and carriage. Meals were scheduled and the food served was from G.T.'s Cave Hill Farm. There was no liquor allowed. Religious services were held every Sunday.

Some of the entertainment for guests to enjoy included jousting, a band hired on a regular basis, croquet, hunting, fishing, horseback riding and nature hikes. Most guests came for the main attraction which was the Springs water.

When the popularity of the health resort waned, Rockingham Springs Resort fell into disrepair and was closed in 1915. After the demise of the resort, the hotel was disassembled and all but about 300 acres of the land was gradually sold. J.L. Hopkins, G.T.'s great-grandson, had the idea to reopen the resort in 1968. There was a need for state parks at the time, but Ƶapp was looked over because of the disinterest in winter sports. At this time, John Grattan, trustee for the Roller Estate, decided to sell about 2,100 acres of land. This land included the Kettle and the Peak of Ƶapp. He bought the land with the help of a silent partner for $155 an acre, or a total of $325,000.

From 1968 to 1971, J.L worked to sell the development idea to other friends for investment purposes. He also worked to gather information and scout out property. Most people thought the newly acquired Kettle and Peak land tracts were part of the George Washington National Forest and not privately owned. J.L. also sought out investors who saw the potential in the development of Ƶapp and took out an option for a KOA campground franchise. MRH, Inc. was formed as the investors were brought together. Over the next three years, over 100 signatures were obtained on right-of-ways, leases and deeds (one deed was sent to Vietnam and another required 31 signatures). MRH, Inc. paid just over $1.5 million for a total of 5,339 acres of land, or about $288 per acre. Phoenix, Arizona based Del E. Webb Corp. was approached to see if they would have interest in the development project in 1971 because of their 'planned community' development experience.

On May 26, 1971 a press conference was held at Spotswood Country Club to announce the joint venture in the development of a new resort to be called Ƶapp, covering 5,300 acres and projecting $50 million in developer sales. MRH, Inc. changed their name to Ƶapp, Inc. and formed a joint venture with Webb Corp. known as Ƶapp Development Company. Much of the uproar resulting from the announcement of the project came from environmentalists. There were also to be problems with zoning codes as well as citizens worried about traffic, schools, and other concerns.

By October 1, 1971, the sales office for the Ƶapp property was opened on Route 646 (now a private residence). By the summer of 1972, there were six slopes cleared and a 650 car, multi level parking area completed. Work had begun on paving the road to the upcoming ski area. In 1973 the final touches were put on the outdoor swimming pool and two tennis courts in the Rockwood Park area of the Kettle. The ski area was finally opened on February 10, 1973 after five nights of snowmaking.

In 1977, the project was sold to Dale Stancil, J.R. Costin, Henry Clark and Stephen Bradshaw. The new owners were known as Ƶapp Village, Inc. The partners decided in 1978 to begin a timeshare, or interval ownership, program to be called Mountainside Villas.

Though Ƶapp went bankrupt at one point, Great Eastern Resort Associates came to the rescue. This was a partnership formed in August 1984 by C. Dice Hammer and Jim Lambert. In November they decided to form Great Eastern Resort Corp. to be primarily involved in the acquisition, development and financing of Ƶapp. Union National Bank accepted the development group's offer of $3 million, and upon confirmation of the sale of Ƶapp, Great Eastern began the construction projects to which they had committed in the bankruptcy settlement as well as other projects to take care of the years of property neglect.

Reprinted from 'Twenty Years of History...Ƶapp and More' by June M. Brinkman.

Military Discounts

Military Discounts

THANK YOU! Explore Resort would like to let all active and retired military know just how much we appreciate their service. We’d be honored to have you join us on an adventure that you and your family will remember forever. Currently, we’re offering the following discounts for active, inactive, and retired military:

Lodging
Golf
Ƶapp Indoor/Outdoor WaterPark
  • 20% OFF All-Day General Admission for active military, non-active military, veterans, and their dependents only. To purchase a military ticket online, select the military admission product. Upon arrival to the park, you will be asked to show military identification to use your ticket(s). View WaterPark Hours & Rates here.
Ski/Snowboard Lift Tickets
The Rink
The Spa
  • 10% off all spa services for all active military, non-active military and veterans. Offer cannot be combined with any other specials, promotions, and/or discounts.
  • 10% off all retail items for all active military, non-active military and veterans. Offer excludes sale and discounted merchandise.
Retail
  • 10% off regular priced merchandise with a valid military ID. Offer excludes grocery items, GoPro items, beer & wine. Offer cannot be combined with any other specials, promotions, and/or discounts. This discount is offered at the General Store and The Market only.
Festivals

Military identification must be presented at time of redemption to receive discounted rate. Accepted forms of identification include Military IDs, Veterans IDs, and DD forms. If discount includes dependents, each person over the age of 11 must have their own valid Military ID or dependent card to receive the discount. Military member must be there at time of redemption. Not to be combined with any other offer.

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