Waynesboro Water Trail

Waynesboro Water Trail Brochure
Composed of the South River from the Ridgeview Park Boat Ramp to the Basic Park Boat Ramp.

Open Sunrise to Sunset

Waynesboro Water Trail is the newest edition to the city's park system. The completion of the boat ramps at Ridgeview, Rife, North, and  Basic parks allow for easy access to the South River. Put-in your canoe or kayak at Ridgeview Park and paddle the Virginia Scenic River 4 miles  to the convenient take-out at Basic Park. Shorter 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.  

Paddle responsibly.


Make the most of your paddling adventure by making a weekend of it! 

A 6.5-mile stretch of the South River from N. Oak Lane to Hopeman Parkway has been designated a Virginia Scenic River. This designation was several years in the making but became official on July 1, 2021. The Virginia Scenic River Program is administered by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The designation is gained through a legislative process initiated by the locality. The first step is a field evaluation performed by DCR to evaluate the stream and its corridor by looking at 14 specific criteria. 

Virginia Scenic River Logo

Important Note:

Since the printing of the brochure there has been a change to the fishing regulations. The area of the South River indicated for Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing is now Catch and Release Only with Artificial Lures Only. No bait may be used or in possession.