South River

South River

If scenic waterways are your passion, come to Downtown Waynesboro where the South River runs right through the city. A favorite destination of fly fisherman, the South River is one of only two urban fisheries in the state. You can also enjoy the river from inside a canoe or kayak. Check out our Waynesboro Water Trail guide below for more information.

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South River Greenway Trail

The greenway runs 0.88 mile alongside the South River. The greenway begins at the Dominion Shelter in Constitution Park and ends by the Waynesboro YMCA.  The second phase of the greenway, connecting Constitution Park to North Park, is currently under development, and future phases plan to extend the greenway to Ridgeview Park, Basic Park, and eventually a series of trails connecting to the Crozet Tunnel from the old landfill.  For more information and updates, visit the Parks & Recreation website.

South River Fly Fishing Expo

The South River Fly Fishing Expo is a two-day event celebrating fly fishing on the South River and throughout Virginia. The Expo is hosted in April by Destination Downtown Waynesboro and features fly fishing presenters, fly tiers, local wines and brews, and local food trucks. Proceeds from the event will be used to support Destination Downtown Waynesboro and habitat restoration on the South River. More information is available here.
South River Fly Fishing Expo


This free annual event takes place river-side at Constitution Park in Waynesboro, VA. Activities include:
  • Canoe rides
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Fish and Fun Rodeo
  • Great South River Duck Race
  • Kids arts and crafts
  • Presentations by the Wildlife Center of Virginia
  • Reptile World shows
  • Stream electro-fishing with DGIF
  • Stream Safari
Rubber Duckies float along South River
Riverfest reaches more than 1600 children and adults and emphasizes our commitment and responsibility to the conservation of our natural resources. For more information, please visit the Riverfest website.