Sandwiched between the Shenandoah National Park and the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesboro is quite possibly Virginia’s most strategically placed adventure town. The place serves as a portal to a plethora of outdoor adventures—offering everything from peak-loaded hikes to wine country cycling trips and pastoral paddles. The town even hosts an annual celebration of its proclivity for adventure at the Xtreme Fest of the Blue Ridge. Best of all, Waynesboro-based outdoor adventures can be capped off—or dramatically recounted—at one of the town’s three craft breweries: Basic City Beer Company, Seven Arrows Brewing Company, and Stable Craft Brewing. Here are 10 ways to create your own adventure in Waynesboro.
Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley of central Virginia, Waynesboro is a charming small town known for its historic Main Street crossing the South River with a great view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. But most notably, it’s surrounded by some of the most beautiful outdoor space in the eastern United States. You’ll find more than 100 scenic overlooks and nearly 700 miles of hiking trails in the region. It’s a well-known stop on the Appalachian Trail, where thru-hikers can stop for recuperation and supplies. It’s a growing mecca for hikers, campers, trail runners, paddlers, mountain bikers and anglers, who can spend endless weekends exploring the area’s trails and rivers.
Waynesboro is easily accessible from Interstate 64 and has increasingly become a home base for outdoor enthusiasts. Here are nine reasons why no matter what you like to do outside, chances are you’ll find an incredibly scenic place to do it in Waynesboro.
1. Proximity to Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park offers more than 200,000 acres of natural wonderland, which you can access just a few miles east of Waynesboro at Rockfish Gap where Interstate 64 meets Route 250. Visitors to this park can hike, backpack, camp, bird watch, and mountain or road bike. Sightseers will enjoy the waterfalls, vistas, and chances to spot wildlife including deer, bears, turkey, cardinals, and more. The Shenandoah River, which parallels the Park, offers kayaking, canoeing, and tubing. Aqua blazing is becoming popular with Appalachian Trail hikers, who may choose to bypass a portion of the trail via canoe or kayak. They typically trade the trail for the river at Port Republic, just north of Waynesboro. Continue reading “9 Reasons Why You Should Visit Waynesboro, Virginia If You Love the Outdoors”