The Rivanna Trail is a 20-mile rustic "urban wilderness" hiking trail built and maintained by volunteers that encircles the City of Charlottesville. The Trail meanders through forested buffers that protect the City's streams and rivers. It serves as a community-wide resource for play, exercise, relaxation, and nature-related recreation and education. The Trail passes through many neighborhoods and connects six City parks. It is open for hiking and jogging from dawn to dusk. Because most of the Trail passes over private property, hikers are asked to stay on the trail and to keep dogs on leashes at all times. Trail Guides are available at Visitors Centers, at local outdoor and running stores, and online at our website.
Best parking access for visitors is in Riverview Park at the end of Jefferson, Azalea Park off Old Lynchburg, Jordan Park at the end of 6th St., and Quarry Park on Quarry Road. Visitors can also look for our dark green Rivanna Trail trailhead signs at most road crossings.
Click here to view maps of the trail and to download the Rivanna Trail app.
- Child Friendly:
Celebrate National Trails Day on a hike around the entire 19-mile Rivanna Trail loop. Experience Charlottesville's urban trail, and see the work our volunteers put into creating and maintaining the trail. We start at Riverview Park and hike clockwise around the city. The event is free, but we do ask that you register at the event website. more