Canoeing / Kayaking

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Waynesboro offers a unique setting for paddlers since the leisurely South River winds right through the city. Our newly created Waynesboro Water Trail guide invites visitors and residents alike to enjoy this scenic waterway. Put in at Ridgeview Park and paddle the river for a four-mile run to Basic City Park, or shorten that journey by using one of the several access points along the way. You will experience a one-of-a-kind perspective on this charming city! NOTE: Since the printing of the Waynesboro Water Trail guide, there has been a change in fishing regulations. The Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing area is now a Catch-and-Release Only with Artifical Lures Only. No bait may be used or in possession.

Waynesboro Parks and Recreation also offers a Paddle the Park program during summer months, allowing for kayak rental at Ridgeview Park.

Nearby, the Shenandoah Valley boasts numerous meandering rivers ideal for canoeing and kayaking. The most famous among these is the Shenandoah River, which runs parallel to Shenandoah National Park. River enthusiasts can bring their own canoes/kayaks or rent them from various outfitters. Shuttle service, day trips, and multi-day trips can be arranged. Below are several options, although an online search will reveal many more:

The Middle River is another option for paddlers interested in seeing the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. This river runs north through the Valley before joining with the South River to form the South Fork of the Shenandoah.

Just outside of Waynesboro, Sherando Lake offers yet another experience--the still water of a small spring-fed lake. Located in George Washington National Forest, Sherando Lake has been called "the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains" and includes a sandy beach, picnicking facilities, and a campground.   

Aqua Blazing

Appalachian Trail thru-hikers may enjoy adding variety to their long trek by “aqua-blazing” part of the Trail. Hikers can put in at Port Republic (just north of Waynesboro) and paddle as far as Harpers Ferry. For more information, contact Shenandoah River Adventures at 888-309-7222.