Waynesboro's "Virginia Is For Lovers" fishing-inspired symbol is a perfect icon on the banks of the South River in Constitution Park, site of fishing tournaments and festivals. It is also the site of the 0.8 mile South River Greenway Trail, opened in the spring of 2012, that is used by walkers, joggers, and bicyclists. Phase 2 of the trail will add an additional 1.2 miles when completed.
This is an urban park in the midst of downtown Waynesboro. The land was donated in part by E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company, and the surrounding industrial site includes buildings -- some abandoned -- as well as parking lots. Across the street is the location of the Waynesboro Farmers Market.
Designated as Virginia’s first Urban Trout Fishery, it is also home to the Waynesboro Arboretum with identifying labeling on trees and areas of shrub displays, bulb plantings, annuals, and perennials.
This freshly-gnawed tree stump was a reminder of the resident beavers who have done some damage to planted trees. Other more weathered stumps were visible along the river bank.
Ducks were feeding in Loth Spring adjacent to the trail.
Picnic tables under the trees and shelter provide shady picnic spots.
Wildflowers were blooming in abundance along the trail.
This is a prime trout fishing stream.
Loth Spring adjacent to the Greenway Trail.
See also: Lunch from Market on Main, picnic on banks of South River
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
August 26, 2013