Outdoor Life touts Waynesboro

Edited by Chris Graham

In its third annual ranking, Outdoor Life has ranked Waynesboro as one of the top towns in the United States for hunting and fishing. In the 2010 survey, Waynesboro was ranked number 200 and was the only Virginia town to be named on the survey. The City of Waynesboro has been ranked each year that the survey has been published.

Outdoor Life evaluates 15 different categories of socioeconomic and outdoors-related factors, including population growth, cost of living, proximity to public land and water, gun-friendliness, and huntable and fishable species nearby.

“Outdoor related activities are a very important part of our local economy,” Waynesboro Mayor Tim Williams said. “Our proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive, plus the South River, often noted as one of the best urban trout streams in the state, exemplifies the many outdoor recreational opportunities offered here. The combination of hunting and fishing, plus hiking, biking, camping, and other activities make Waynesboro an ideal location for the outdoor adventurer.”

“The goal of the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival is to draw attention to Waynesboro’s many outdoor related assets,” said Len Poulin, co-chair of the annual Fly Fishing Festival.

“Ten years ago, the organizers of the festival believed that the South River along with the many nearby natural assets would be appealing to outdoor enthusiasts, wine lovers and those seeking a connection to the simple and natural quality of life that epitomizes our town. The third annual top 200 ranking by Outdoor Life magazine validates this vision with unbiased and objective criteria. It is clear that these assets has and will continue to become an economic driver for our community,” Poulin said.

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