Rivanna Trails

Events

Trail maintenance work parties occur the second Saturday of each month from 9:00-12:00. 

Our gathering point for work parties is at the RTF equipment shed at 2030 Morton Drive, near the Meadowcreek Gardens and behind Bodo's and the English Inn (see map). We usually meet at the tool shed at 8:45 and carpool to the work site, but contact the work party leader if you want to go directly to the project or plan on being late.

We have tools, but bring shears or clippers if you have them. Everyone is welcome! We are happy to have groups participate in our work parties, but please contact us ahead of time so that we can plan accordingly.

General questions? Contact us at info@rivannatrails.org.




Upcoming events

    • 25 Sep 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Rivanna Trail trailhead at Free Bridge
    • 6
    Register
    Join us for our 20th annual hike around the City on the Rivanna Trail! September 25 is National Public Lands day, and in conjunction with the Rivanna River Company and Rivanna Roots concert series we're planning a series of events to celebrate the Rivanna Trail. In addition to a full loop hike, we're offering a family-friendly short walk, and cycling and running options. (Check the event overview for details of the other options.)
    • Distance: ~ 21 miles.
    • Hiking time: approximately 9 hours. This is variable due to rest stops and hiking speeds. We are not out to set any time record, but will keep a steady pace.
    • We hike around the City in counterclockwise direction, using road walks and detours where necessary. Our hike co-leader is Chris Gensic, Parks and Trail Planner for the City of Charlottesville.
    • Start: Free Bridge is located at the corner of High Street and the 250 Bypass. Parking is available along Riverdale Drive and in the Burnley-Moran Elementary school parking lot, across High Street from our meeting point (map below). We leave promptly at 8:00 AM.
    • Finish: We'll end at the Rivanna River Company about 5:00, in time for the Rivanna Roots concert, where we'll comp admission for the first 20 people who register! Local beer, wine, and food trucks will be on-site, starting at 5:00, with the concert beginning at 6:00.
    • What to bring: boots or sturdy shoes; clothes appropriate for “urban wilderness” hiking and for weather conditions; stream crossing shoes or sandals; water; snacks; personal needs. There is a new bridge at Woolen Mills, but we still have some rock-hops and smaller streams to cross, so participants may want to bring a pair of water-safe shoes or sandals.
    • Important note: This is a strenuous hike--not technically difficult, but it's a long day. Be sure you build up your endurance and break in your boots before hike day.
    • By registering for this hike, you:

      • Acknowledge having read the above hike description.
      • Acknowledge inherent risks, hazards, and dangers of this activity.
      • ŸAssume and accept any and all risks associated with participation.
      • ŸAttest that your physical and mental health are adequate for safe participation.
    • How to participate: No cost. Just register so we’ll know to expect you.
    • We'll send a final confirmation to registrants the week before the hike.
    • 25 Sep 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • basketball court at Azalea Park
    • 17
    Register

    September 25 is National Public Lands day, and in conjunction with the Rivanna River Company and Rivanna Roots concert series we're planning a series of events to celebrate the Rivanna Trail. (In addition to this group run, co-sponsored by the Charlottesville Area Trail Runners, we're also leading a full-loop hike, a full-loop bike ride, and a family-friendly short walk. Check the event overview for details of the other options.)

    • Distance: 5 miles.
    • Run time: approximately 1.5 hours. We will keep a steady pace, but this is a no-drop group run.
    • We will start in Azalea Park and run to Fontaine Avenue, with a couple bonus loops at the Forest Department and Sunset along the way.
    • Start: Azalea Park is located on the south side of Charlottesville, off Old Lynchburg Road). We leave promptly at 8:00 AM, before temperatures climb too much.
    • Finish: We'll end at back at Azalea by 9:30. Join us again later in the day, and we'll comp  admission to the Rivanna Roots concert at the Rivanna River Company (on High Street) for the first 20 people who register! Local beer, wine, and food trucks will be on-site, starting at 5:00, with the concert beginning at 6:00.
    • By registering for this run, you:

      • Acknowledge having read the above description.
      • Acknowledge inherent risks, hazards, and dangers of this activity.
      • ŸAssume and accept any and all risks associated with participation.
      • ŸAttest that your physical and mental health are adequate for safe participation.
    • How to participate: No cost. Just register so we’ll know to expect you.
    • We'll send a final confirmation to registrants the week before the run.
    • 25 Sep 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Rivanna Trail trailhead at Free Bridge
    • 5
    Register

    Join us for a group bike ride around the City on the Rivanna Trail! September 25 is National Public Lands day, and in conjunction with the Rivanna River Company and Rivanna Roots concert series we're planning a series of events to celebrate the Rivanna Trail. Let us show you how to navigate the trail's main loop! (In addition to this bike circuit, co-sponsored by the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club, we're also leading a full-loop hike, a family-friendly short walk, and a group run. Check the event overview for details of the other options.)

    • Distance: ~ 21 miles.
    • Cycling time: approximately 3.5-4 hours. This is variable due to rest stops and cycling speeds. We are not out to set any time record, but will keep a steady pace.
    • We will cycle around the City in a clockwise direction.
    • Start: Free Bridge is located at the corner of High Street and the 250 Bypass. Parking is available along Riverdale Drive and in the Burnley-Moran Elementary school parking lot, across High Street from our meeting point (map below). We leave promptly at 1:00PM ("wheels down").
    • Finish: We'll end at Free Bridge, near the Rivanna River Company around 5:00PM, in time for the Rivanna Roots concert. And if you ride with us, we'll cover the admission charge for the first 20 participants who register! Local beer, wine, and food trucks will be on-site starting at 5:00, with the concert beginning at 6:00.
    • What to bring: a sturdy mountain bike, clothes and helmet appropriate for “urban wilderness” riding and the weather conditions, water and snacks, and any personal needs. There is a new bridge at Woolen Mills, but we still have some rock-hops and smaller streams to cross, so participants can expect wet toes.
    • Important note: This is a strenuous ride--not technically difficult, but it's a long day. Be sure you build up your endurance.  This is a "no drop" ride so a guide will be with you at all times.
    • By registering for this ride, you:

      • Acknowledge having read the above ride description.
      • Acknowledge inherent risks, hazards, and dangers of this activity.
      • ŸAssume and accept any and all risks associated with participation.
      • ŸAttest that your physical and mental health are adequate for safe participation.
    • How to participate: No cost. Just register so we’ll know to expect you.
    • We'll send a final confirmation to registrants the week before the ride.