Good Nature is Only a Step Away in Waynesboro, VA

Recreation is a way of life in Waynesboro, Virginia.  Residents and visitors to this beautiful Appalachian Trail Community have countless options for enjoying nature year-round.  And Waynesboro is proactive in expanding its Outdoor Recreation Network to provide easy, interconnected access to the hundreds of miles of trails, routes, and waterways running through and around the city.  Whether you like to walk, bike, run, or paddle, you’re only a step away in Waynesboro!

Walk the Greenway

Waynesboro’s South River Greenway gives walkers a beautiful 1.2 mile stretch along the river from the YMCA near Rife Park, north through Constitution Park and on to the Port Republic Road Historic District.

Get walking with this route that will guide you from the Waynesboro Public Library to Constitution Park and back.  If you’d prefer a loop, take the Waynesboro Walkabout, a 2-mile route that includes both a long section of the South River Greenway and parts of the Historic Downtown District.  The city is currently expanding the Greenway to extend to North Park with plans to later add connections to Ridgeview Park, Basic Park, the future Sunset Park, and the Crozet Tunnel. Continue reading “Good Nature is Only a Step Away in Waynesboro, VA”

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!

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Coffee Shops to Warm Your Winter Excursions

Whether you’re perusing Waynesboro’s downtown boutiques or wrapping up a winter hike in Shenandoah National Park, we have the coffee shops to raise your internal thermometer. Wrap your frozen hands around a cup of hot coffee at one of these favorite cafés, and you’ll soon be warm enough to think about your next adventure!

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Love goes into every coffee creation at The Farmhaus on Main.

The Farmhaus on Main. 908 West Main Street. This 1890 frame house has quickly become a gathering spot for those wishing to taste amazing coffee, surf the Internet, or simply relax in the white, airy rooms. Cozy nooks and plenty of windows make it a great place to escape winter’s spell for a season while sipping a hot beverage. The Farmhaus specializes in Blanchard’s Coffee, roasted in Richmond, and draws as many local ingredients as possible for their one-of-a-kind breakfast and lunch offerings.

Try a Cortado paired with Sweet Toast (honey-whipped goat cheese, fruit, and nuts on sourdough). Continue reading “Coffee Shops to Warm Your Winter Excursions”

Waynesboro, VA: Come 4 the Nature & Stay 4 the Beer

When you’re surrounded by ski trails, hiking trails, and scenic trails, every season offers an outdoor playground.  And that is certainly the case when winter visits the mountains and valleys of Waynesboro, VA. Quench your cabin fever—and your thirst—with these 4 winter wonderland adventures.

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#1 Battle the Best of the Blue Ridge

It’s no wonder Waynesboro’s Mad Anthony Mud Run has repeatedly been crowned “Best of the Blue Ridge.”  This 4.8 mile course is not your typical mud run!  You’ll be running, climbing, and crawling through swamps, tunnels, obstacles, and off-road terrain.

The event pays homage to our city’s namesake, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, and is held each year on the last Saturday of February.  The weather can be as unpredictable as the General, with temps in the low digits or as high as the 60s. Whether a snow run or a mud run, it’s guaranteed a fun run!

Photo courtesy Waynesboro Parks & Recreation
Photo courtesy Waynesboro Parks & Recreation

Get a glimpse of the messy fun and “battles” you may be in for with this official race video.

Elaborate costumes are “optional but rewarded” during the post-race party and awards ceremony.  Continue your party at Seven Arrows Brewing Company.  Over pints of local brews, relive your battle victories (and your flops) as you exchange stories with your comrades.

Photo courtesy Seven Arrows Brewing Company
Photo courtesy Seven Arrows Brewing Company

#2  Hit the Slopes

Photo courtesy Massanutten Resort
Photo courtesy Massanutten Resort

Take a day trip up to Massanutten Resort!  Just 40 minutes from Waynesboro, Massanutten offers outdoor fun for everyone in your family.  Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, or ice-skating – take your pick!

Photo courtesy Stable Craft Brewing
Photo courtesy Stable Craft Brewing

When you head down off the slopes, warm up at Stable Craft Brewing. Their farm-fresh ales and locally sourced menu are Waynesboro favorites.  Time your trip just right, and you can partake of their Thursday Small Batch Beer Release or Sunday Craft Beer Brunch!

#3  Catch Some Fresh Air & Fresh Beer

 Photo courtesy South River Fly Shop
Photo courtesy South River Fly Shop

The trout don’t take the winters off in Waynesboro! Head downtown to our urban fishery where quality trout fishing is available year-round.  For information on licenses and regulations or to purchase supplies, stop in at South River Fly Shop.

Basic City Beer Co. in Waynesboro on 10/21/16. Photo by Pat Jarrett
Basic City Beer Co.  Photo by Pat Jarrett

Waynesboro is not only Virginia’s Top Trout Town but also home to Basic City Beer Co.  After a day on the water, you’re sure to find refreshment in this taproom.  Craft combines with natural spring water at Basic City Beer Co., and you’ll want to sample their whole lineup. Take your time – food trucks and live music pair nicely with a night of microbrews!

#4  Trailblaze

Photo credit Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail
Photo credit Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail

Waynesboro is perfectly situated at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Head south on the Parkway and you’ll have a vast selection of trails to choose from.  Motor vehicles are not permitted on the trails, so you can hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski surrounded only by the sounds of nature.  While winter access to the Blue Ridge Parkway can reward you with vistas and solitude, before you head out, be sure to check the real-time road closure status of the Parkway.  If downhill skiing or tubing is more your speed, Wintergreen Resort is off the Parkway and only 23 miles south of Waynesboro.

Photo courtesy Shenandoah Beerwerks Facebook page
Basic City Beer Co.  Photo by Pat Jarrett

When you’re done playing in the snow, head back north along I-81 so you can explore a trail of another flavor – the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.  You have a choice of 13 breweries so check out the trail map to help you plan your adventure.

This winter make Waynesboro, VA, your playground.  You’ll get the best Nature has to offer and some of the best craft beer in the nation!