The Knights of the Golden Horseshoe discovered the Shenandoah Valley in 1716. The lush and beautiful valley is filled with roads, trails, and paths that are perfect for biking and hiking. Other popular recreational activities in the area include fishing, hunting, camping, golf, horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, and skiing. For those who seek recreation within the town of Waynesboro itself, Ridgeview Park has an outdoor swimming pool, bath house, and concession stand.
Waynesboro is the intersecting point of Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway, where unspoiled beauty is everywhere. Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile route that connects Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains and winds along the Blue Ridge Mountains and other ranges. Skyline Drive is a 105-mile road that runs along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains through Shenandoah National Park. Skyline Drive offers breathtaking panoramic vistas and access to miles of hiking trails through forested hills and past pristine waterfalls cascading over ancient granite summits. Wildflowers bloom along Skyline Drive, filling the open spaces with riotous color.
Shenandoah National Park is one of the highest and most scenic portions of the Blue Ridge Mountains, located between Front Royal to the north and Waynesboro to the south. The park's nearly 200,000 acres are laced with more than 500 miles of trails, including more than 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Shenandoah National Park is a wildlife sanctuary that provides refuge for about 50 species of animals, including deer, black bears and wild turkeys. The Shenandoah River flows through the Shenandoah Valley to the west and Massanutten Mountain stands between the river's north and south forks. Piedmont country, with its spectacular rolling hills, lies to the east of Shenandoah National Park.
A unique feature of Waynesboro is its wealth of artists and artisans. The town is home to the Virginia Metalcrafters Company, where visitors can watch metal craftsmen use authentic colonial techniques to create such items as candlesticks, birdbaths, fountains and doorknockers. The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Inc. is a community arts organization established to support enjoyment of -- and participation in -- the arts, through classes, workshops, lectures, discussions, hands-on experience, demonstrations, concerts, recitals and other art-related activities. The Artisans Center of Virginia is an official statewide craft center dedicated supporting Virginia artisans and displaying their work. The Center also offers classes and promotes the cultural importance of traditional crafts. A retail gallery features works by more than 100 artisans from across the state.
Waynesboro is also home to a host of unique museums. The Waynesboro Historical Museum, located downtown, houses a collection of pictures, photographs, antiques, and collectibles that celebrate Waynesboro?s past and present. The museum also contains a world-class doll collection and a Valley Native American artifacts collection. The P. Buckley Moss Museum features the work of local artist Patricia Buckley Moss. The museum is located in a replica of a 19th century home. The Plumb House Museum has maps and information regarding the Battle of Waynesboro. During the battle, the Plumb House was caught between the battle lines and today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Landmarks Register, and as a Virginia Civil War Trails Location. Walking tours of Waynesboro are also available.
Plenty of other interesting things to do can be found year-round in Waynesboro. One of the largest Soap Box Derbies in the nation is held downtown, as are a number of other festivals. Those interested in Civil War history won't want to miss the annual reenactment of the Battle of Waynesboro, the last major battle in central Virginia.
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