Waynesboro,VA: An Inspiring Playground for All Ages

School may be out, but recess is in!  If you’re an outdoor lover, there’s no better place to spend your summer than in Waynesboro, Virginia.  We’ve got the peaks, the valleys, the water, and all the good nature your body and spirit crave.  Can’t decide where to start?  Check out these summer events you won’t want to miss, then pack those hiking boots, bike helmets, or racing shoes and escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains for an adventure-filled getaway!

Waynesboro is a playground for all ages, and these iconic events are sure to provide lots of family fun!

FUN 2 RUN Mud Run – June 10, 2017

Photo credit Run the Valley Facebook page

Kids will love this Mud Run and Fun Dash that takes them scampering, crawling, and slip n’ sliding through the fields and trails of Waynesboro’s Ridgeview Park.

Xtreme Fest of the Blue Ridge – June 10, 2017

 

Colt Bloxsom, 7 and Chase Easton, 8, do flips while attached to hydraulic lifts. XtremeFest of the Blue Ridge drew many to Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
Photo by Pat Jarrett

Kayaking, extreme air bungee, a climbing wall, and a mountain bike stunt show are just the beginning for this annual “hike, bike, paddle, and climb” festival.

National Park Fee Free Days

With the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Appalachian Trail, and Shenandoah National Park on our doorstep, there is a new vista, waterfall, or quiet glade awaiting you around every turn.  Take advantage of these National Park Entrance Fee Free Days and strike out on a path less traveled:

August 25, 2017 – National Park Service’s Birthday
September 30, 2017 –  National Public Lands Day

Run the Valley Race Series

Waynesboro Parks & Recreation’s year-round Run the Valley Race Series offers destination races that challenge and reward participants.  Join the fun and register today for one of these summer events!

 Summer Extravaganza 5K & 10K – July 8, 2017

The day begins with a challenging run through our beautiful neighborhoods and ends with a post-race party complete with food, drink, and fireworks.  What a way to celebrate your victory!

Summer Extravaganza Music Series

Waynesboro’s Summer Extravaganza, Saturday July 9, 2016. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

Music and nature are the perfect blend of refreshment.  This summer, treat your senses to one of these free outdoor concerts:

Rock N’ Ridgeview – June Music Series –  at Ridgeview Park
Groovin’ at the Greenway – July Music Series – at Constitution Park
Humpback Rocks Sunday Concert Series – on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Craft Brewery Fun

Photo credit Stable Craft Brewing Facebook page

After you’re done running the trails, settle in with a new brew and new friends at one of our three craft breweries.  Or skip the trails entirely and get right to the hearty laughter!  Check out their summer calendars to sample a wide variety of events, friendly games, entertainment, and new batch releases.

At Stable Craft Brewing, “Going-Ons at the Farm” include S’mores & Sunsets at the firepit and their popular Pints & Ponies.

“This is the life” at Basic City Beer Co.  Sip a cold brew in their Hammock Lounge, enjoy food truck fare, and swing to live music.  What a way to spend a summer evening!

You’ve played hard.  Now quench your thirst at Seven Arrows Brewing. Thirsty Thursdays will help get you started! And with Core 4 Fridays you get the perfect opportunity to stock up, with discounts on growler fills of their core brews.

Puddle.  Paddle.  Bike.  Brews.  In WaynesboroVA, recess comes in many forms.  Plan your visit today and join us for a summer of outdoor adventure!

Four Reasons to Visit the ‘BORO in 2017

1. “B” is for “Brews and Food”

Photo courtesy Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail Facebook Page

The Shenandoah Valley is nationally-renowned for its beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities.  But no matter how many trails you hike, bike, and paddle, no visit to Waynesboro would be complete without experiencing the Fields of Gold Farm Trail, the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, and the new Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, featuring 13 microbreweries.

2016 was certainly the Year of the Brewery for Waynesboro and the surrounding region! Not only did the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail open, but Waynesboro gained two new breweries.  Taps are now flowing at all three of the city’s breweries: Seven Arrows Brewing, Stable Craft Brewing, and Basic City Beer Co.  The Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail also connects craft beer lovers to the other treasures of the region – fresh foods, outdoor adventures, music festivals, and local communities.

2. “O” is for “Outdoor Adventure”

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Photo courtesy Run the Valley Facebook Page

For the outdoor adventurer, there’s no place like Waynesboro.  Through the Parks and Recreation Department’s Run the Valley Race Series, runners can challenge themselves throughout the year with 5K’s, 10K’s, and the award-winning Mad Anthony Mud Run.

Waynesboro is a destination for cycling enthusiasts as well. On-road and off-road routes abound in the region, providing opportunities for all levels. Serious cyclists won’t want to miss the annual Tour de Valley, a century and metric century autumn tour of the Shenandoah Valley.

And we mustn’t forget the wealth of hiking opportunities that abound around Waynesboro. As a designated Applachian Trail Community, Waynesboro understands hiking inside and out, and offers a wide-range of options for all skill levels of hikers, whether it’s just a peaceful stroll in one of its beautiful local parks, exploring a historic rails-to-trails path, or embarking on a more extreme outdoor adventure in nearby Shenandoah National Park.

Coming soon! A reconstruction project is also underway at the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel, an abandoned historic railroad tunnel through Afton Mountain, linking Waynesboro to Nelson County. The project may be completed by the end of 2017, and once the tunnel is reopened, hikers and cyclists will have a new unique trail to explore!

3. “R” is for “River Adventure”

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Xtremefest (Photo by Mary Bird)

Nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Waynesboro’s downtown is graced with the meandering waters of the South River. The city has always been known for her natural beauty, and with the 2016 opening of the Waynesboro Water Trail, anglers and paddlers can now explore that beauty further.  The 4-mile scenic water trail stretches from Ridgeview Park to Basic Park and was awarded the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award.

2016 brought new paving, trees, and a pedestrian bridge to the South River Greenway. Part of the city’s extensive park system, the Greenway is providing additional recreational opportunities and access to the South River.

Waynesboro has been called “Virginia’s Top Trout Town” and is a destination for anglers around the world.  The annual South River Fly Fishing Expo is held at the city’s Constitution Park and will be attracting fly fishers of all ages and levels April 22-23, 2017.

Riverfest, Saturday Apri. 30, 2015. (Photo by Norm Shafer).
Riverfest (Photo by Norm Shafer).

On the following weekend, April 29, 2017, Riverfest will be celebrated at Constitution Park.  This free annual event is dedicated to environmental conservation and watershed stewardship and offers hands-on activities like the popular stream safari, reptile shows, canoe rides, and the Great South River duck race.

4. “O” is for “Outstanding Performances” at the Wayne Theatre / Ross Performing Arts Center

Wayne Theatre / Ross Performing Arts Center, 2016. Photo courtesy Wayne Theatre Facebook Page
Wayne Theatre / Ross Performing Arts Center, 2016. Photo courtesy Wayne Theatre Facebook Page

2016 marked the Grand Reopening of The Historic Wayne Theatre. Originally built in 1926 as a vaudeville house, the theatre was saved from demolition and underwent a massive restoration.  This virtual tour gives a wonderful overview of the extensive technical capabilities, rental opportunities, and unique features of the “new” Wayne.  The theatre’s 2016 schedule was packed with entertainment of all genres and programming for all ages, including dance, music, lectures, film, art exhibits, and an Arts Education series.  Visit the Wayne Theatre / Ross Performing Arts Center Calendar of Events for a glimpse of the exciting 2017 season!

With so much to taste and to do in Waynesboro, Virginia, how will you spend your vacation days in 2017?

Walk/Cycle/Learn/Relax on a #WaynesboroVA Rails-to-Trails Adventure

60-rails-of-autumn-1-with-creditWhat’s a rail trail and how can the lore of a railroad-rich destination contribute to a cool walk/cycle/learn/relax getaway? Rail trails are conversions of disused railways to multi-use paths for walking, cycling and sometimes horseback riding. Rail trails are growing in popularity around the country, not only because of unique features, but because they can be enjoyed by families and people of all fitness levels. There are several in the Shenandoah Valley worth investigating, and combining the stories of a region’s railroad history with treks along the mostly flat, often shaded, scenic railways can be a fun way to explore. There are plenty of ways to do just that from a base camp in Waynesboro, Virginia. Continue reading “Walk/Cycle/Learn/Relax on a #WaynesboroVA Rails-to-Trails Adventure”

48 Hrs. of Blue Ridge Extreme Sports & Epic #WaynesboroVA Watering Holes

Design Your Own Adventure: Hike, Bike, Paddle, Climb, Crawl 

If you are an extreme sports enthusiast, there is no better place to test your strength, endurance and adventurous spirit than the mountains, rapids and cliffs near the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Whether you come fully equipped to head out on your own, or you need a guide or outfitter, make Waynesboro, Virginia, the base camp for your next outdoor getaway.

Pick two of the following high-octane adventures. Paired with our suggested watering holes, you’ll have 48 hours of spectacular sights, tastes, sounds, and memories. Continue reading “48 Hrs. of Blue Ridge Extreme Sports & Epic #WaynesboroVA Watering Holes”

3×3 Spectacular Bike Rides near the Blue Ridge Parkway + Great Refueling Spots in #WaynesboroVA

It’s Bike Month!

Take advantage of the stunning scenery and mild May weather to get out for a bike ride near the Blue Ridge Parkway during National Bike Month. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just getting started with your biking adventures, you’ll want to put these routes on your to-do list this month, as well as a couple cool spots to refuel after the ride in Waynesboro, Virginia.

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