A charming destination as well as an ideal hub for day trips and excursions
Waynesboro enjoys proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail, making it an ideal base camp for exploring the region. The spring-fed South River, one of only two urban trout fisheries in the state, flows through downtown and is bordered by a one-mile paved Greenway trail.
Historic downtown features the vaudeville-era Wayne Theatre—now a world-class performance venue—as well as the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, Shenandoah Valley Art Center, and local shops and eateries. Festivals throughout the year make use of the river and numerous parks along its banks.
- Start your adventure with hot and delicious fresh-brewed coffee from The Farmhaus on Main or The French Press right in the historic downtown.
- Continue exploring downtown’s Shenandoah Valley Art Center, P. Buckley Moss Gallery, and the Wayne Theatre, which hosts world-class performances. Check out their schedule before your visit to see what will be showing.
- Quench your thirst at Waynesboro’s own Blue Ridge Bucha that not only carefully crafts its kombucha from Blue Ridge Mountain water and organic ingredients, but also offers one of the only kombucha taprooms on the East Coast. Sip, sample, and relish each of the unique flavors—then get a refillable bottle to go. You can feel good that every part of the process—from brewing to flavoring to bottling—is done completely by hand and with the benefit of the environment in mind.
- Stroll along the Greenway Trail, a paved walking path along the river. If you like, catch-and-release fly fishing is accessible from the trail.
- Enjoy dinner at one of the town’s tasty restaurant such as Heritage on Main Street, where there is “something for everyone.”
- End your day at Basic City Beer Co., where a natural spring pumps a million gallons of artesian water for use in Basic City Beer Co.’s award-winning beers. The brewery, housed in a former brass foundry, offers live music events, a retro “barcade,” and hammocks out back. Inside the brewery, Hops Kitchen dishes up tantalizing dishes infused with Basic City beers. Top sellers include Shomai, Pierogies, and Smoked Pork Nachos with Beer Cheese—recently recognized in Food Network’s 50 States of Nachos!
• Blue Ridge Bucha
• Bradford Staffing
• Farmhaus Coffee Co.
• The French Press
• Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
• The Heritage Grill
• Rockfish Gap Outfitters
• Waynesboro Family YMCA
• Waynesboro Parks & Rec
• Waynesboro Public Library
These businesses support the Trail by taking part in the A.T. Community Supporter program.
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) has enhanced the mid-Atlantic outdoor experience since 1927, including 240 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The PATC maintains trails, shelters and cabins, and they make maps and guidebooks for outdoor adventurers. Learn more and become a member today at patc.net.
ATC Volunteer Program
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is always looking for dedicated volunteers to help maintain the A.T. and assist in our visitor center and headquarters. Opportunities range from greeting visitors and providing information about local hikes to joining a Trail crew for week-long maintenance trips, gaining first-hand experience in what it takes to keep the A.T. open and enjoyable for millions each year. Learn more at appalachiantrail.org/volunteer.