With classes online, and more free time, take advantage of the nice weather and venture off grounds to these great outdoor areas. Whether hiking, biking, walking, or running, trails in Charlottesville and the surrounding area are in abundance waiting to be explored!
Rivanna River Trail
Located a little over four miles from UVa central grounds, the Rivanna River has a flat and paved trail alongside the running water. Access to the trail can be found at a variety of places, and the total trail mileage is easily doable clocking in at around 2.5 miles, though it depends on the course. The scenery is not astounding but it is usually quiet and uncrowded, and access to the river is nice for the hot months. Runners looking for a quick run or walkers looking for an easy walk will enjoy this path.
Back behind the Stonefield Shopping Center off of Route 29, Ivy Creek Natural Area is a forested area spanning many acres for those looking for an easy to moderate hike away from everyone. There are a variety of trails to choose from and many loops to hike around, and the scenery is very dense with trees and bushes. Ivy Creek is best for those looking to actually hike up and down hills, get away from all the crowds, or for those looking to adventure more into the nature trails in Charlottesville.
Along a part of Meadow Creek, Greenbrier Park is a quaint and residential walk around 4 miles from central grounds. The path is paved but short, and noticeably winds its way behind many houses, nonetheless, the path is quaint and pretty, though the parking is difficult to navigate. This trail is perfect for those looking for an easy stroll and way to stretch their legs.
Questions about trails in Charlottesville to discuss on Ohlelo:
- What are some other great trails to explore in Charlottesville?
- What trails have you visited on the list before?
- Which of these trails would you visit and why?
- Do you often hike/bike/walk/run outside? Why or why not and with who?