Paris is just north of Sky Meadows State Park and a 10-minute drive from the Thompson Wildlife Management Area. The Appalachian Trail passes through both of these public recreation areas. The village is in Hunt Country and celebrated its 200th anniversary on Dec. 28, 2010. A five-minute drive west on Route 50 is the Shenandoah River, just on the other side of the mountain, where there is a boat landing. The peak of the Blue Ridge, overlooking Paris is called Ashby Gap. The view looking east from the gap has been deemed worthy of a "Scenic Easement", intended to keep this view unmolested for future generations to enjoy.