The Waynesboro Water Trail is part of Waynesboros park system and utilizes the South River. The 6.5 mile stretch of the South River passing through Downtown Waynesboro was designated a Virginia Scenic River in July 2021. It possesses outstanding scenic, recreational, historic, and natural characteristics of statewide significance. The Water Trail has multiple access points that can be found at Ridgeview, Rife, Constitution, North, and Basic Parks so you can pick your desired distance on the river.

Open to kayakers, canoers, waders, and fishermen, and offering views of the mountains and the urban landscape, the water trail is also home to many species of fish and birds. Paddlers who dont have their own boats can rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards from Rockfish Gap Outfitters. This stretch of the river is perfect for beginners or those looking for an easy paddle. Paddlers can expect to encounter class I and class II rapids along the way and enjoy a different perspective of the River City. Those wishing to extend their journey can continue on the South River to takeout points in Crimora, Grottos, and Port Republic. Fishermen should refer to state regulations.

The Waynesboro Visitors’ Center, convienently located in downtown Waynesboro, has information on local hikes, the Blue Ridge Tunnel, local attractions, events and festivals as well as maps and travel guides all around the state of Virginia.

With ammenities like free Wi-Fi and restrooms, the Waynesboro Visitors’ Center is the perfect place to plan your trip or your itinerary in Waynesboro.

With the four-mile Waynesboro Water Trail running right through town and many more waterways within a short drive, Waynesboro is the perfect stop for paddle sports. The Water Trail is great for beginners or those looking for a leisurely paddle. If you don’t have the gear, local outfitters and seasonal in-park kayak rentals are available.