Rivanna Trails Foundation

News/Blog

Here's where we will keep you up to date on what's happening at RTF and on trails in the area.  Drop us a line at rivannatrails@gmail.com if you have suggestions for news we ought to cover.
  • 27 Apr 2012 8:19 PM | Anonymous
    Several years ago the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards (CATS) adopted the Barracks Road trailhead, an area that had for years been an attractant for beer bottles and fast food paper wastes. Thanks to their clear vision, careful planning, and dedicated work, the wonderful CATS folks have transformed this area into an amazing small arboretum of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. With a stream nearby and an additional rustic path, the small area is truly a gift to the community. The RTF thanks UVa for allowing the public to hike on this land and the CATS folks for their efforts.

    If you would like to adopt your favorite area along the trail, no matter how small -- even a single pesty multiflora rose bush as our dear friend Rosemary Ballister did for years -- just drop us an email note at rivannatrails@gmail.com and we'll advise.


  • 24 Apr 2012 2:50 PM | Anonymous
    On April 21, 2012, the RTF lent tools and management expertise that empowered 23 young people from the Boys & Girls Club to build a brand new hiking trail in the Southwood community. An equal number of adult volunteers from Comcast and UVa mentored the young people, and together they cleared and side-cut a new trail, dug long-buried trash out of the forest, discovered new wildlife, and learned about teamwork. The new trail adds to a network of trails the young people had already built for their community and will eventually connect to Biscuit Run State Park. Look for our RTF tools in this NBC29 news coverage.
  • 14 Apr 2012 4:29 PM | Anonymous
    The RTF sends out a big "Thank You" to the thirty volunteers who showed up today to reopen the gorgeous streamside trail located near the Meadowcreek-John Warner Parkway bike-ped trail. Loyal RTF members, young people from CHS and UVa, and really young folks out for their first taste of trail stewardship worked together to accomplish a big job. It never fails to amaze workers how "many hands can accomplish great things." The RTF encourages community members to visit or revisit what is one of the oldest and prettiest trail segments. Access is from the bike-ped trail; look for our new green trailhead signs. 
  • 12 Apr 2012 2:33 PM | Anonymous
    Leigh and Jim Surdukowski, who have adopted the Belvedere section of the River North trails, recently completed two bridges and a short re-route to avoid a couple hazardous stream crossings. RTF purchased the necessary materials, while Leigh and Jim donated their time and labor.

    Trail adopters like the Surdukowskis are the eyes and ears of the Rivanna Trail, and invaluable in keeping the Trails open. Everyone who enjoys the trails can play a part, and RTF invites other trail users to let us know where bridges or other improvements might be needed - and if you'd like to volunteer your time and labor, contact the RTF to see if we may be able to help or provide acknowledgement for donated materials.
  • 23 Mar 2012 11:19 AM | Anonymous

    Explore the Rivanna Trail and Moores Creek

    07 April 2012 9:00 am (Save to cal)

    Join the Piedmont Environmental Council, Rivanna Trails Foundation, and City of Charlottesville Parks Department for a walk along the Rivanna Trail and Moores Creek.

    This 2.5 mile walk will start at Quarry Park located off of Monticello Avenue/Route 20 South just north of I-64 at 420 Quarry Road. From Quarry Park we will walk along Moores Creek through Jordan Park and then end at Azalea Park on Old Lynchburg Road. At the end of the hike a bus shuttle will return you to Quarry Park.

    All ages are welcome. Please sign up in advance on this webpage or by calling The Piedmont Environmental Council at (434) 977-2033 - just so we know how many people to expect.

  • 21 Mar 2012 6:13 PM | Anonymous
    Ever wonder how the proposed Western Bypass will impact the Rivanna Trail? The answer is, probably more than you expect. Plans call for the bypass to turn north from the 250 Bypass at the intersection with Leonard Sandridge Road, and as the image below shows, the ramps and overpasses will impact one of the most-used sections of the Trail. RTF is following developments, and hope that community support will help preserve a trail routing through the area.

  • 12 Mar 2012 5:20 PM | Anonymous
    The March 11 edition of the Daily Progress has an article about an after-school tutoring program for Greenbrier Elementary students who have been relocated to Charlottesville with their families by the International Rescue Committee. Led by Thomas Connaughton, a Greeenbrier teacher and avid trail runner, the students have also formed the Greenbrier Trail Running Club and regularly run along the Trail from the school to the program site at Hearthwood Townhouse Apartments off Michie Road. The full story is on the Daily Progress web site.
  • 10 Mar 2012 10:35 PM | Anonymous
    Observatory Hill is one of the most popular segments of the Rivanna Trail, and that use resulted in some particularly eroded and muddy sections immediately south of Ivy Road. On March 10, supplemented by some three dozen volunteers from the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club, the monthly work party completed significant improvements. Muddy patches were re-graded, drainage channels dug, trash removed, and a couple sections re-routed to higher - and drier - ground. CAMBC members regularly provide their time and labor in support of the Rivanna Trail, and RTF could not have completed such a large project in one morning without their help. Be sure to check out the improvements! (Some photographs here.)
  • 09 Feb 2012 3:31 PM | Anonymous
    On February 4, local runner Neal Gorman established what is believed to be the fastest known time to run the entire Rivanna Trail Loop, 2:09:47. He commemorated the establishment of that record with a donation to the RTF of $209.47. Details of his record-setting run are at www.nealgorman.com.

    He's also issued a challenge to local runners to beat his time - and pledged a second donation to RTF corresponding to that new record (plus pizza and beer for the victor). If you're up for the challenge, this is your opportunity to earn some personal glory and support the RTF.
  • 22 Jan 2012 3:30 PM | Anonymous
    The Rivanna Trail is a valuable community resource, providing a safe and fun place for spending time outside with children.


    At the annual Teddy Bear Hike three dozen adorable, warmly dressed kids along with furry animals and adult caretakers explored the Rivanna Trail in Riverview Park. They fueled up on “people food,” sprinkled “animal food” for birds, and warmed up with hot chocolate provided by our friends at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports.


    During a recent 8-week long Forest Discoveries program at the Boys & Girls Club located at Southwood, children aged 6 to 10 improved access to their forest by building a new hiking trail.


    The amazing APO fraternity from UVa then ignored sleet, rain, and mud to finish up the heavy work.  See our photo album for some pictures of the day.


    Do you have a group of kids who want to help out on the trail? Do you want to make a gift that supplies kid-sized tools or user-friendly signage? Send us an email.

 
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