McGaheysville is an small community located in Rockingham
County. It is located along U.S. Route 33 between Penn Laird and Elkton,
and sits at the base of Massanutten Mountain.
McGaheysville was named for surveyor Tobias Randolph McGahey, who came to the area as part of a Scotch-Irish colonization effort in 1801. Shortly thereafter he married innkeeper Eva Conrad, at whose tavern he had previously spent the night. In 1802 he established a post office using the name "McGaheysville" and gave the town its name. Source - "Down Home in McGaheysville". Cooperative Living.
McGaheysville is located near the south fork of Shenandoah River in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. The land to the immediate south of the town consists primarily of farmland but beyond that is the mountainous Shenandoah National Park. It is nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains on the east and the Allegheny Mountains on the west. It boasts diverse outdoor recreation, such as skiing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting or tubing. Massanutten Resort on Massanutten Mountain is just to the north of the town. Massanutten Resort has skiing, tubing, and a large indoor/outdoor waterpark for year round fun and entertainment.