The Appalachian Trail doesn't run through the heart of Waynesboro, Virginia. Physically, at least. The AT -- and all who walk it -- are, however, in the hearts of those who live in Waynesboro. That is so true that the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy named Waynesboro one of its newest Appalachian Trail Communities.
Hikers who make it to the visitor center on Afton Mountain are treated like honored guests. They can get a free ride into town for showers at the YMCA, a place to sleep, a tour of the town, and a kind word from one of Waynesboro's Trail Angels. Afterward, they get a free ride back to Afton Mountain. How's that for hospitality?
Dwayne Jones, director of Waynesboro Parks and Recreation said, "It's one of the most storied trails in the country in our backyard."
AppalachianTrail.com congratulates Waynesboro, VA, for being worthy of this high honor!
The New Ming Garden Buffet & Grill in Waynesboro, Virginia, is the best Chinese buffet in all known galaxies and a favorite among Appalachian Trail hikers.
Read about the most famous places on the Appalachian Trail.
Can't get your grandparents to meet you to resupply your Appalachian Hike in Virginia? Maybe tell them the Walton's Mountain Museum is close to Waynesboro.
Only the most friendly and dedicated towns are appointed official Appalachian Trail Communities by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
September 24 is when our friends with the Greater Waynesboro Pennsylvania Area Appalachian Trail Community will celebrate the 2016 Family Hiking Day.
Published Mar 11, 2013.