Shenandoah National Park extends along the Blue Ridge Mountains in the U.S. state of Virginia. The Skyline Drive runs its length, and a vast network of trails includes a section of the long-distance Appalachian Trail. Mostly forested, the park features wetlands, waterfalls and rocky peaks like Hawksbill and Old Rag mountains. Shenandoah is home to many bird species, plus deer, squirrels and the elusive black bear. The park’s southernmost access point is just three miles from Waynesboro.

From spring to fall, you can enhance your trip along the Skyline with a stay at Big Meadows Lodge which has restaurants, cabins as well as more traditional rooms, and activites like live music and classes such as a basic outdoor survival skills class.

Whether you are looking for a scenic way to get from point A to point B, want to spend the day hiking and stopping at overlooks, or want to plan a serious vacation, Skyline Drive is a great way to reconnect with the outdoors.

The city of Waynesboro’s landfill was closed in 2003 in accordance with the Virginia Depatrment of Enironmental Quality requirements. The 107 acre property includes approximately 17 acres incorporating the closed landfill. The goal of the City is to provide public access to this area for passive recreational uses and development of a trail system for walking and mountain biking. A decade after the closure the City began taking steps to this end, utilizing the services of Community Design Assistnace Center from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to help develop a master plan for the development of ‘Sunset Park’. Today the City has a concept plan based on that early work and is seeking funding from City Council and other organizations to fund the construction of the park.

In 2018, the City of Waynesboro recieved a VDOT Recreation Access Grant to make vital upgrades to the existing gravel road leading up to the top of the landfill. Construction is not expected until fall/winter of 2019.

A breathtaking property, Massanutten Resort features 6,000 acres of mountain fun at its very best. Unique in both its size, variety of amenities, and outstanding condo and hotel accommodations, Massanutten has secured its spot as one of the premier all-seasons resort destinations on the East Coast.

Land for this park was donated in part by E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company. The park has been the location of numerous special events including concerts, festivals, car shows, and Civil War reenactments. In addition, Constitution Park is also home to the Waynesboros Farmers Market, numerous soccer activities, and two shelters. This site was also designated as Virginia’s first Urban Trout Fishery. For gardening enthusiasts, this park is home to the Waynesboro Arboretum. The arboretum has tree collections, shrub displays, bulb plantings, annual and perennial areas.

The South River Greenway runs through Constitution Park for 1.2 miles along the South River, from the Loth Springs parking area on Arch Avenue, behind the YMCA, to the Port Republic neighborhood. Parking at this end is available at the Shiloh Baptist Church auxiliary parking lot right at the trail head. There is also parking available downtown at the Arch Avenue Parking Lot and the Invista lot.

The Central Shenandoah Valleys pastoral landscapes, quaint cities and towns, and historic, natural and cultural resources provide an ideal setting for bicyclists. Bicycling in the region is growing rapidly in popularity, and the Central Shenandoah Valley is nationally recognized as a bicycling touring destination. Visit the Bike the Valley website for informatrion and maps to plan your cycling adventure!