Rivanna Trails

About RTF

The Rivanna Trails Foundation is a non-profit corporation founded in 1992 by Charlottesville, Virginia, area citizens with a dream to create a trail system throughout the greenbelt of the Rivanna river and its tributaries. The goal of the foundation is to establish a footpath encircling Charlottesville generally by following the Rivanna River, Meadow Creek, and Moore's Creek.

We believe that community-wide trails serve as a resource for nature-related recreation and environmental education by individuals as well as teachers, bird watchers, walking clubs, and other local groups with environmental concerns. Well-maintained neighborhood trails provide children with a safe setting in which to play, a place for adults to exercise, for neighbors to get to know each other in a new way, and for community members to enjoy the beauty of our riverine areas.

Community Involvement

RTF relies on volunteers to help build and maintain the trail system. The Foundation foresees trail maintenance as a collaborative effort, with neighbors joining in to maintain their neighborhood trail segments with pride and a sense of ownership. To find out more about volunteering or to help your neighborhood Trail Adopter, email rivannatrails@gmail.com.

Community Support

RTF is a volunteer organization supported solely by tax-deductible contributions. Membership dues offset costs associated with the establishment and maintenance of trails and footbridges and the publication of maps. You can help this effort by joining the Rivanna Trails Foundation. For more information about RTF, email rivannatrails@gmail.com.

The Rivanna Trails cross private property, and RTF thanks those land owners for their kind permission to let us use their property. Please respect their privacy and property rights by using the trails only during daylight hours, staying on the trails, keeping noise to a minimum, and not littering.