Winter Adventures in Waynesboro

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Waynesboro. By Stephen Black.

Your hub for all kinds of outdoor spokes, Waynesboro is indeed home for winter adventures in the Shenandoah Valley.

There’s not much hustle or bustle in Waynesboro, which makes it one of the most enjoyable places to visit. There aren’t any crowds to fight and traffic is rarely at a standstill. When you’re looking for a chill place to, well, chill, Waynesboro is the cream of the crop.

Let’s Get Outside

Just because it’s cold (most of the time), doesn’t mean it’s time to stay indoors. Au contraire. Bundle up and explore the coolest places around, like Blue Ridge Tunnel, for starters. At 2.5 miles one way, this tunnel under the Blue Ridge Mountains is one of those things you must do. Wear a headlamp, dress warmly, and off you go! Parking is available at either end of the tunnel, and we’d be stoked if you dove into the history we recounted here.


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After you’ve seen the history beneath the Blue Ridge Parkway, make your way up to it. Be aware that seasonal conditions may close portions of the Parkway, so check for alerts before you head out. Beyond that, the lookouts are fabulous this time of year with less foliage to contend with for a sweeping, photographic view. If you can access the Parkway after a dusting of snow, your reward will be incredible indeed.

North of the Blue Ridge Parkway is Skyline Drive and the entrance to Shenandoah National Park. Just like the BRP, Skyline may experience seasonal road closures, but you can find out the days status by calling 540.999.3500, option 1, option 1.

Winter in Shenandoah National Park is awesome for hiking and wildlife watching, but you’ll want to know plenty of things before you go:

  • Fill your tank before entering. There is gas at Big Meadows, but the pumps can be unreliable.
  • Carry extra layers of clothing, blankets, water, food, and a flashlight with you in case of car trouble or emergency.
  • There are no lodging or dining options between the end of November and the end of March in Shenandoah National Park.
  • Consult the Winter in SNP page for additional tips and advice


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Ready for more hiking ideas? You’re in luck! This list of top winter hikes near Wayesboro will get you on your way. And for more outdoor ideas, consult “How to Get Outside to Enjoy a Waynesboro Winter Day.”

Let’s Get Outside … in a Car

Whether your abilities aren’t suited for a lot of walking or hiking, or if you just can’t feel your toes from the cold, there is still hope for loving the outdoors in Waynesboro.

MURALS are the rage in Waynesboro. They’re huge and incredible, and you can easily make a scrapbook of mural photos if you spend the time looking for them. Get started here, share your pics to Instagram and tag us (@VisitShenandoahValley), and your pics could wind up in our Valley Murals story.

One Last Cool Thing …

The Havoc House is outdoorsy in that you can throw axes, and we’ll accept that for the purpose of this article.

If you haven’t heard of The Havoc House, consider yourself introduced. Consider it your personal rage room. A place to smash things that have no value to you personally. Release the frustration from last year, last month, or even the last hour when you suit up and start swinging. Even the pricing is fun! A hissy fit will be $25, please. And be sure it’s just a hissy fit and not a full-blown temper tantrum!

If you’d rather throw axes, you can do that, too. Aim for the bullseye and let ‘er rip.

You’re Going to Need Some Rest …

After all the hiking, exploring, riding, and maybe even smashing, you’re going to need some rest. Thankfully, Waynesboro is a cozy destination with a few options that should suit.

The Iris Inn is perched on the side of the mountain overlooking Waynesboro. The views are incredible, and the cabins are top-notch. If you’re a couple doing all this outdoorsy stuff, their cabins are the way to go.

The Suites at Stable Craft are suitable for families. Ask about the Blue Ridge Suite or the Paddock Suite, both have hot tubs and are two-bedroom relaxation destinations. Oh, and the craft beer and igloos are right outside …

Complete your Waynesboro visit with excellent dining and beverages. You’ll find their full line-up at

Header photo courtesy of Visit Waynesboro and Stephen Black.

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