The City of Waynesboro sits at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just a few miles from the entrance to the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and offers some of the finest trout fishing in Virginia. Native brook trout thrive in the mountain streams of the George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah National Park. The South River flows through downtown Waynesboro and provides the opportunity to catch trophy-size rainbow and brown trout. Near the community of Lyndhurst, the river offers 4.5 miles of special-regulations trophy trout.

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Just a few minutes from Waynesboro is the Sherando Lake Recreation Area in the George Washington National Forest. The Upper and Lower Sherando Lakes, along with several miles of Back Creek, are stocked with rainbow and brook trout.

South River BassPaddling the South River from Waynesboro all the way to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River offers anglers plenty of opportunities for smallmouth and largemouth bass, blue gill, and carp.

Waynesboro Water Trail is the newest addition to the city’s park system. The completion of the boat ramps at Ridgeview and Basic parks allows for easy access to the South River. Put in your canoe or kayak at Ridgeview Park and paddle the scenic 4-mile stretch of the South River to the convenient take-out at Basic Park. Waynesboro Water TrailShorter trips can be taken, if desired, by utilizing other river accesses along the water trail. 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 this river city. Be sure to check the water level before paddling the river. Open sunrise to sunset.

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