Rivanna Trails


Here's where we will keep you up to date on what's happening at RTF and on trails in the area.  Drop us a line at rivannatrails@gmail.com if you have suggestions for news we ought to cover.

  • 10 Oct 2020 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Belated thanks to Paul Kay, a student a UVa who served the RTF this past summer as our first-ever intern. Regular users of the RT may have seen Paul as he walked every inch of the trail, cataloging maintenance needs and noting where clarification signs are needed. Chief among his accomplishments was the creation of a detailed signage improvement plan that will guide our wayfinding efforts in the years ahead. Thank you, Paul!

  • 08 Oct 2020 10:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Charlottesville Track club is hosting the Men's Four Miler on October 31. The run/walk event will be held--with proper social distancing--on a new grass course at Foxfield that made its debut with the Women's Four Miler last month. It's a great opportunity to explore a new course and support cancer research at UVa. Details are at https://mens4miler.weebly.com.

  • 06 Oct 2020 8:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Rivanna Trail lost one of its earliest visionaries and long-time advocates with the passing of John Conover on Sunday, October 4. In 1992 he was one of the founding board members of the RTF, and he helped clear some of the first segments of the trail. Named a Charlottesville Bridge Builder in 2002, John also served as a member of the Charlottesville City Council, on the board of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, and with the Legal Aid Justice Center. We are grateful for his service to the Rivanna Trail.

  • 23 Sep 2020 10:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The trailhead at the end of Kenwood Lane, at the southeast corner of Greenbrier Park, is temporarily closed for construction. Storm water pipes are being installed, after which the City will add fencing and stone dust to improve the entry to the trail. The closest alternate entry to the trail and park from the south is at the end of Jamestown Drive.

  • 21 Aug 2020 8:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    News of the opening of the bridge at Woolen Mills was premature -- there are some outstanding inspection and permitting issues that are being worked through with the County, and until those are complete the bridge is closed. We've reached out to the County for more information and a possible timeline, and will post here when we learn more.

  • 07 Aug 2020 7:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We've had reports of sightings of a female coyote following walkers with dogs on the Willoughby Loop (between 5th Street and Jordan Park). It's believed there are pups in the woods. Small mammals of this sort aren't generally a risk, though they can become threatened by aggressive dogs and will protect their young. (As a reminder, dogs are required to be on leash on the entire Rivanna Trail.)

    The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources has tips for dealing with wildlife furbearers: https://dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/urban/.

  • 29 Jul 2020 8:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The new bridge at Woolen Mills is officially open, closing a major gap in the Rivanna Trail loop. As you head out to explore the new bridge, please be especially careful along the segment between Rt 20 and Woolen Mills. Our dedicated trail adopters and volunteers have been hard at work mowing and trimming, new trail blazes are coming soon, and we have more improvements planned once we are able to resume monthly work parties. However, portions are rocky and challenging (and we've also had reports of a downed tree after the recent storms), so watch your step.

  • 29 Jun 2020 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The section of the RT from Rt 20 to Woolen Mills is temporarily closed while work is underway this week to install a new bridge over Moore's Creek at Woolen Mills. Please respect the temporary signage and keep clear of the work crews. We'll post notice here when the bridge is complete and the trail segment reopened.

  • 25 May 2020 8:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With trail use booming, there has never been a more critical moment for our nation to invest in regional trails and greenways. The East Coast Greenway Alliance is assembling a walking and biking route stretching 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida. The East Coast Greenway is designed to transform the 15 states and 450 communities it connects through active and healthy lifestyles, sustainable transportation, community engagement, climate resilience, tourism, and more. The Greenway offers a safe place for bicyclists, walkers, runners, and more — of all ages and abilities — to commute, exercise, and visit new destinations.

    While the route doesn't pass through Charlottesville, it's an exciting development for Virginia trail users.  Learn more at greenway.org.


  • 10 Apr 2020 6:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Your friends at the Rivanna Trails Foundation hope that you are safe and well. As our community confronts the extraordinary challenge of COVID-19, we want you to know that our trails remain open.

    But to keep area trails open and available for healthy outdoor recreation will require us to take precautions to protect everyone. We implore all trail users to practice physical distancing when out on the trail, in parking lots, and at trailheads. Please show kindness and consideration for others by stepping off the trail as needed to allow at least 6 feet for safe passage with other trail users.

    Remember also that these difficult times have brought many new users out onto the trails. More experienced trail users should offer a welcoming smile and help navigating our trail system. We invite everyone to download and use our mobile app (available for Apple and Android).

    Of course, none of what we do would be possible without you. Your physical and financial support sustains our all-volunteer organization. We have suspended regular monthly work parties until Governor Northam lifts the current stay-at-home order, but please join us when it's safe again to work together on trail maintenance and improvements. And, if your current financial situation permits, please become a contributing member.

    We hope that you will keep hiking and biking to maintain your physical and mental health during these trying times. We look forward to seeing you (at a safe distance) out on the trail.