James Madison University, home of the Dukes, was founded in 1908. A public university located in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, its sunsets and mountain views are unforgettable. Located in the town of Harrisonburg, Virginia it's no secret why it's nicknamed the "friendly city." It's a community unlike any other with endless opportunity, collaboration and connection among students and faculty.


Downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia is known for its many restaurants, unique local businesses, live music, art and a robust community. From day to night there are endless activities to do and sights to see. There's always something to do from the weekend farmer's market to a night on the town. There is never a shortage of quality time to be had.

Do, Eat & See

The local businesses and quaint eclectic shops are a major part of the Harrisonburg identity. From the quality food on your plate to the friendly faces you'll meet behind the counter, every outing is an experience. There are endless memories to be made, freshly made food and drinks to be enjoyed and picture-perfect sights to be seen.


JMU Website

Downtown Overview


Parking Map

Scenic Hikes