Fluvanna Heritage Trail/Village Park

The Fluvanna Heritage Trail is located on 1000 glorious acres along the Rivanna River. Open from daylight to dusk, the Fluvanna Heritage Trail and Village Park are designed to provide pedestrian access for tourists and local citizens by linking the village of Palmyra to Pleasant Grove and miles of developed hiking trails. The trail helps capture the beauty and historical significance of Fluvanna County, as well as providing a public space for students of all ages to learn about the environmental and cultural history of the area. Birding trails, historic sites and easy access to the Rivanna River make the trail attractive and rewarding to visitors.<p> The Fluvanna Heritage Trail is designed to provide access to the Rivanna River at two points and will integrate Palmyra Elementary School and Camp Friendship (a private camp and conference center) into the trail systems. Eventually, the Trail will connect to historic mill, lock canal and covered bridge sites as well as to a proposed visitors center and outdoor classroom. This project will bring together at one point three fundamentally and historically important methods of transportation: river, road and rail.<p> Using Federal TEA-21 grant funding, Phase One included construction of an ADA accessible trail for the physically disabled on Pleasant Grove connecting the eastern trailhead to the Sandy Beach on the Rivanna River. In cooperation with the Historical Society, this same grant provided partial funding for the stabilization of the Society’s historic mill along the Rivanna in Palmyra and construction of the Village Park, which serves as a memorial to all Fluvanna citizens, past and present. Located at the north end of Palmyra, Village Park is a lovely addition to Palmyra. Volunteers used grant money to build kiosks, benches, trail markers and other trail facilities.<p> Funding to complete the trail has been received, and visitors can expect directional and interpretive signs along the trail within the next year. This project will include major construction along the trail, including construction of a large group picnic shelter, two smaller picnic pavilions, a wildlife overlook on the ADA Trail, and a river overlook on a dramatic hillside closer to the west end of the trail. Improvements to the trail along steep slopes and dangerous areas are also anticipated to be part of this phase. Improvements to the summer kitchen at Haden House at the trailhead are also included.

Amenities
Amenities
  • Child Friendly:
  • Handicapped Accessible: