Live Like a Local: Top 10 Winter Activities Near Waynesboro, VA

When the weather outside gets frightful, you still have plenty of options for fun in Waynesboro. Check out these winter-friendly activities to make your spirits bright!

  1. Sledding at the Park

When snow falls in Waynesboro, kids beg their parents to drive them to the hill at Ridgeview Park. This monster-of-a-hill offers a steep, long sled run and a wild ride on a toboggan. Enjoy the view of the beautiful South River from the top before you push off. Then hold on tight, because you’re sure to hit some bumps on the way down. For kids, that makes it all the more exciting! There’s plenty of room at the bottom for snowball fights and snowmen. When your mittens get soggy, head to Waynesboro’s newest coffee shop, the Farmhaus on Main, for hot beverages and pastries.

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  1. Hike on the AT

As a designated Appalachian Trail Community, Waynesboro makes a great launching point for an AT hike. One of the easiest places to access the Trail is Rockfish Gap, a mere three miles from Waynesboro, where the Blue Ridge Parkway meets the Skyline Drive. Here, hikers can park just off I-64 and trek south on the AT for five miles to the Paul Wolfe Shelter. An old mountain homestead and a family cemetery are landmarks along the way. If five miles is too far, make it a shorter out-and-back hike. Either way, the bare trees give the trail its own winter beauty. Additional hikes and maps available through the Waynesboro Tourism Office at (540) 942-6512.

Plumb House Museum, photo courtesy of Waynesboro Heritage Foundation
Plumb House Museum, photo courtesy of Waynesboro Heritage Foundation
  1. Civil War Driving Tour

The Battle of Waynesboro in 1865 marked the final Civil War conflict in the Shenandoah Valley. This brief and decisive skirmish took place just behind Waynesboro’s historic Plumb House and pitted the troops of Confederate General Jubal Early against Union General Philip Sheridan. Today visitors can tour the Plumb House Museum and also take a self-guided driving tour of key battlefield sites. Maps of the tour are available at the downtown visitor center or by calling (540) 942-6512.

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Photo courtesy of Shenandoah Valley Art Center website
  1. SVAC Art Class

Winter is generally a slower-paced time of year and therefore the perfect time to try an art class. The Shenandoah Valley Art Center offers numerous classes to give budding artists a creative outlet when the weather turns cold. Sculpting, jewelry-making, and watercolor classes will appeal to the adult student, while the younger student will enjoy the specialized classes offered every Saturday morning for a small fee. And don’t forget to peruse the galleries and gift shop while you’re there!

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
  1. Wayne Theatre

Originally built as a vaudeville playhouse, the downtown Wayne Theatre underwent an extensive renovation in 2015, ushering it into the 21st century as a state-of-the-art performance venue. National acts regularly hit the stage here, as well as plays, ballet, concerts, and film. Every Monday, patrons are treated to a classic movie complete with intermission and popcorn. Special holiday movies will also be shown through the Christmas season. In January, don’t miss the Signature Speaker Series talk on the nearby Lyndhurst POW camp and in February, the On Screen In Person film series debuts Hilleman about Dr. Hilleman’s influence in vaccine innovation. For more events, visit the Wayne Theatre webpage.

The Plunge Snow Tubing Park, photo courtesy of Wintergreen Resort webpage
The Plunge Snow Tubing Park, photo courtesy of Wintergreen Resort webpage
  1. Snow Tubing at Wintergreen

Even if snow doesn’t reach the Valley, you can still enjoy the wintery fun at The Plunge, Virginia’s largest snow tubing park. Located on the mountainside at Wintergreen Resort, The Plunge invites tubers to scream down hills at speeds up to 30 mph. No need to worry about crashing or spilling—the course sends tubers on a guided track, meaning kids as young as six can enjoy the slope. Invite your friends and make your own train of tubes for a winter outing you’ll always remember. Group discounts available. Opens by Christmas.

Photo courtesy of Gasoline Alley Facebook page
Photo courtesy of Gasoline Alley Facebook page
  1. Antiquing

Spend a day discovering the treasures of numerous antique shops in the Waynesboro area. Newly opened Gasoline Alley showcases a fun assortment of LP records, vintage games, signs, and even bins of matchbooks. Nearby, the Bargain Barn specializes in new and used furniture and collectibles. Additionally, the Stuarts Draft Antique Mall and the 130,000 square-foot Factory Antique Mall are just a short drive from Waynesboro. For a complete list of shopping options in the Waynesboro area, visit our website.

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  1. Swedish Fire Festival

Barren Ridge Vineyards offers just the remedy for a cold January evening—the annual Swedish Fire Festival. The festival features Swedish-inspired cuisine made from Virginia ingredients and  paired with Barren Ridge wines; live music by classical guitarist John Gladwell; and a live alphorn performance. The evening is crowned by the lighting of the Swedish fires—a spectacular sight from the patio, where you can sip a glass of mulled wine. Tickets are $100 per guest. Reservations required.

Jackson Hall in Grand Caverns, photo courtesy of Grand Caverns webpage
Jackson Hall in Grand Caverns, photo courtesy of Grand Caverns webpage
  1. Grand Caverns

No matter what the weather above ground, Grand Caverns remains a consistent 54 degrees underground. That means even in frigid, snowy weather, you can explore America’s oldest show cave, wowing visitors for over 200 years. Experience the spectacular formations—some of them very rare— hidden beneath the Blue Ridge Mountains and see for yourself why Parade magazine has ranked it as the #2 cave in America.

Photo courtesy of Basic City Beer Company's Facebook page
Photo courtesy of Basic City Beer Company’s Facebook page
  1. Yoga and Beer

Waynesboro’s newest micro-brewery, Basic City Beer Company, occupies a renovated industrial space and plays host to specialized brews, popular bands, and tasty food trucks. Now the brewery is offering something truly unique: yoga and beer. Take the one-hour yoga class for $10 and receive a free pint of beer afterwards. Classes are currently offered on Tuesday evenings throughout the winter. Pre-registration requested.

No need to let the shorter days get you down! Plug some of these activities into your calendar and have fun all winter long.