The City of Waynesboro, Virginia, is located within 2 miles of the entrance to the Appalachian Trail. By nature of the city's proximity, Waynesboro lends itself as a resource for many hikers. Community members, as well as City departments and organizations, recognize the volume of hikers that spend time in Waynesboro and have developed tools to make their stay more efficient and enjoyable.
The post office, library, and a full-service grocery store, which prove to be common stops for many hikers, all lie within four blocks of each other. Within the same area, the YMCA offers hikers a facility to shower. In addition, Waynesboro Parks and Recreation has designated land for camping overnight, equipped with a pavilion and solar charging station. The Waynesboro Area Learning Tree downtown allows hikers free use of the internet. Many local community members offer hikers rides to and from various destinations.
In partnership with Abingdon and Front Royal, Waynesboro developed the Virginia Appalachian Trail Towns Smart Phone application which is available for FREE through iTunes and Google Play. Hikers can download this app before heading out on their journey. No need to worry about internet access: This app allows hikers to have all the towns’ resources in the palm of their hands without worrying about phone connection while on the AT. Hiker resources are designated by the following categories: Hiker Resources, Events, Local Businesses, Outdoor Recreation, and Packages & Itineraries. This app is a must-have for any day- or thru-hiker who wants to explore the Virginia section of the Appalachian Trail and the supporting towns.
The City of Waynesboro also produces the “Waynesboro Hikers Guide,” which helps acquaint hikers with resources in Waynesboro. Copies may be downloaded here or picked up at the Waynesboro Tourism Office downtown. Additionally, the City manages the Rockfish Gap Visitors Center just off the AT, where hikers can gather information about the region or arrange a shuttle into town.
The committee strives to educate locals about the natural beauty of the Trail and encourages community members to explore, preserve and take pride in the outdoors.