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Rivanna Trails

Activities Especially Suited for Kids
(and Accompanying Adults)

The Rivanna Trail and other local trails are ideal places to help children learn about the natural world and to experience the fun of being out doors.

If you are a young person (or you know one) who would like to do a service project on a portion of the Rivanna Trail, click here to download details on Community Service Projects for Young Children.

This is a version of our trail guide adapted to the interests of young hikers. (pdf)

Great Hikes on the Rivanna Trail for Young Children and Their Families

Visit the Virginia Department of Forestry's Nature Trail, which connects to the Rivanna Trail Loop between Fontaine Avenue and Stribling Avenue. Download a copy of their trail guide (pdf).

Directions: The Forestry Nature Trail is located near the Virginia Department of Forestry State Headquarters. From the 29/250 bypass, exit onto Fontaine Avenue (Route 29 business) toward Charlottesville. Turn right into Fontaine Research Park. At the top of the hill, turn right again onto Ray C. Hunt Drive which becomes Natural Resources Drive. Follow the signs to the Department of Forestry. Turn left before the visitors' parking lot, and follow road around behind the brick headquarters building. Look for the Nature Trail welcome sign at far side of parking lot.