Local Area Hiking Resources
We are fortunate in this region to have many parks, natural areas,
and trails that offer abundant opportunities for safe, healthy walking.
Here are a few of our favorites in addition to the Rivanna Trail,
selected because they offer beautiful scenery and cost nothing to visit.
Please be alert for each trail's particular guidelines.
In addition to the trails listed above, here are some other groups where you can find kindred spirits for safety, inspiration, and friendship.
There are many wonderful facilities maintained by the Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department. Of special interest to hikers is Riverview Park and its two-mile, fully accessible segment of the Rivanna Trail.
You will find lovely parks and interesting trails maintained by Albemarle County Parks and Recreation. The trails at Walnut Creek Park and Preddy Creek Trail Park are particularly worth checking out, especially for bikers.
Learn more about regional planning for Pedestrian and Bicycle transportation options by viewing the materials on the Planning District Commission web site.
Just outside Charlottesville are the wonderful nature trails at Ivy Creek Natural Area.
The mission of the Rivanna Conservation Alliance is to safeguard the health, scenic beauty, and cultural heritage of the Rivanna River and its watershed here in the center of Virginia.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation advocates for the health of the Chesapeake Bay, to which the Rivanna and other area rivers flow.
The American Hiking Society
is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting hiking and
to establishing, protecting and maintaining foot trails in America. With
more than 130 member trail clubs and organizations and nearly 10,000
individual members, American Hiking represents half-a-million outdoors
people and serves as the voice of the American hiker.