The City of Waynesboro, Virginia, is located within 2 miles of the entrance to the Appalachian Trail. By nature of the city's proximity, Waynesboro lends itself as a resource for many hikers. Community members, as well as City departments and organizations, recognize the volume of hikers that spend time in Waynesboro and have developed tools to make their stay more efficient and enjoyable.
The post office, library, and a full-service grocery store, which prove to be common stops for many hikers, all lie within four blocks of each other. Within the same area, the YMCA offers hikers a facility to shower. In addition, Waynesboro Parks and Recreation has designated land for camping overnight, equipped with a pavilion and solar charging station. The Waynesboro Area Learning Tree downtown allows hikers free use of the internet. Many local community members offer hikers rides to and from various destinations.
The City of Waynesboro also produces the “Waynesboro Hikers Guide,” which helps acquaint hikers with resources in Waynesboro. Copies may be downloaded here or picked up at the Waynesboro Tourism Office downtown. Additionally, the City manages the Rockfish Gap Visitors Center just off the AT, where hikers can gather information about the region or arrange a shuttle into town.
The committee strives to educate locals about the natural beauty of the Trail and encourages community members to explore, preserve and take pride in the outdoors.