Hiking Project Logo

blue Rivanna Trail - Full

  5.0 ( 1 ) Favorite

Trail

20.2 mile 32.5 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 826' 252 m
Descent: -829' -253 m
High: 656' 200 m
Low: 316' 96 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

Dogs

Unknown
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Twenty Hoover

Charlottesville's hidden gem - a great hike that loops around the entire city

Twenty Hoover

Features -none-

Overview

Hiking alongside rivers and creeks the whole way around Charlottesville, this low-traffic loop feels fairly isolated and gives a unique perspective on Charlottesville.

Need to Know

Please respect all the signs. Local property owners allowing people to use this trail are incredibly gracious. If you're able to support the Rivanna Trail Foundation monetarily or by helping with Saturday work groups, it's greatly appreciated.

Description

Starting counter-clockwise from the southwest corner: head east along Moore's Creek, going downstream all the way until it ends in the Rivanna River. The highlights along this section include: Azalea Park, with community garden plots and a dog park (stop by the nearby IRC's New Roots farm to meet the goats); and great views of Monticello from the area near Quarry Park.

Once you get to the Rivanna River, you'll head north through the most trafficked part of the trail and the only paved portion other than short segments along roads to avoid private property. Highlights of this section include the train bridge, some options to stop for food and drink in the Pantops area, and the views of the Rivanna River.

The trail departs the river and continues upstream along Meadow Creek all the way back across Charlottesville. Two poorly indicated sections here: you want to turn right to go north along the John Warner Parkway, and you want to turn left off of that section on the north of Meadow Creek, despite the trail sign being on the south! Along this section, you'll see a lot of the very scenic Meadow Creek until you turn off it after the Meadowcreek Disc Golf Course.

After continuing a short section south on Emmett Street and west on Barracks, the trail heads back off road to begin the southward, final leg of the loop. You'll pass UVA's law school, business school, and main campus in that order before crossing Fontaine Ave and getting through the last bit of it back to Sunset Ave.

Hiked this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Dogs Allowed, Features, Flora & Fauna, History & Background

Contacts

Land Manager: Rivanna Trail Foundation

Rate This Featured Hike

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Hike

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 1 vote

#1609

Overall
  5.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
100%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Featured Hike Rankings

#39

in Virginia

#1,609

Overall
36 Views Last Month
51 Since Jun 3, 2019
Intermediate Intermediate

0%
0%
100%
0%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking