Rivanna Trails

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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.


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  • 04 Jul 2019 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Woolen Mills redevelopment includes a bridge over Moore's Creek that will close a major gap in the southeast segment of the RT. A recent story on CBS19 News, containing an interview with RTF board member John Lewis, highlights the importance of this project to completing the RT loop.

    https://www.cbs19news.com/content/news/Woolen-Mills-project-will-boost-Rivanna-Trail-511927151.html


  • 13 Jun 2019 8:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Construction is scheduled to begin this week on a new bridge over Meadow Creek, from the Locust/Holmes segment of the RT to the development at Lochlyn Hill. The work should not impact the Rivanna Trail, but there may be brief closures as equipment moves in and out from Megan Court.

    The new bridge will provide a direct connection between the Rivanna Trail loop and Pen Park, linking to the River North trails.

  • 22 May 2019 8:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A segment of the Rivanna Trail just south of Ivy Road will be closed May 28-31, between the hours of 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Signage and fencing will be installed, and flaggers will be monitoring the operations and use of the trail. Users of the trail will want to use the various spur trails on Observatory Hill to connect to nearby streets and bypass the work site.

    Construction has commenced on a sewer line project to serve the new development planned for the site of the former Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center. The project runs through the end of the year; while additional closures may be required, the project crew will minimize impacts to the RT and keep closures to a minimum.

    For the duration of the project, safety fencing and signage will be in place to provide a safety barrier and prevent access to the construction site.


  • 17 May 2019 9:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Robust bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improves the quality of life for all residents. The recently-completed Jefferson Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan maps a comprehensive network of bike lanes, sidewalks, and shared use paths that connect Charlottesville and Albemarle neighborhoods to schools, shopping, downtown and natural areas. The Rivanna Trail is one piece of that network, the expansion of which is of vital importance to our community.

    The Plan is an important milestone, but it is just a beginning. Now comes the hard work of getting projects in the plan built. The Piedmont Environmental Council worked with many partner organizations to craft a unified letter of community support requesting rapid implementation of the Plan's recommendations. The RTF endorses this plan, and encourages our friends and members to add their support as well.

    You can learn more about the Plan and add your name to the letter at: https://www.pecva.org/our-region/albemarle-charlottesville/walk-bike/1449-sign-the-letter-support-a-more-connected-cville-albemarle.

    Signing this letter will let elected leaders and funders know that we are serious about getting projects implemented.

  • 08 Mar 2019 9:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deer hunting will cease in Dunlora's common area at 9:00 A.M., Friday, March 15th. Culling will resume around mid-August.

  • 20 Feb 2019 8:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority has let us know that they are working along the Rivanna River behind River Rd/River Ct, where a section of a water main has been exposed by erosion. They are in the process of stabilizing the bank and exposed pipe using various sizes of riprap (erosion and sedimentation control measures have been implemented to keep mud and debris from washing into the river). The work is just past where the RT turns west toward River Road, so shouldn't directly impact trail users, but please be aware of the ongoing project and alert to equipment, and do not enter any active construction zones.
  • 12 Feb 2019 9:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Bow hunting will continue in the area south of Dunlora until mid-March. However, since few deer have been taken lately (none this past week, total to date is 13) and hunters are no longer allowed to bait, beginning Friday, February 22, 2019, hunting will be extended from 5:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. The extension will permit the hunters to arrive earlier, settle in and catch the very early dawn light.  Dunlora hopes this change will be of little, if any, disruption to residents and hikers and will improve results.
  • 26 Dec 2018 7:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is to notify Dunlora residents and surrounding areas (including users of the River North spur of the RT) that deer culling will begin on December 21, 2018. The impacted area is the southeast corner of Dunlora, on the west side of the open field along the Rivanna River.

    As a reminder:

    • Hunting hours are 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. seven days a week until possibly mid‐March.
    • Hunting area is noted on the attached map and will be marked with signs on trails and nearby areas. Residents and neighboring communities will be notified if the hunting area changes.

    • Keep pets on a leash in hunting area during hunting hours.

    • Be alert and avoid hunting area. Wear bright clothing if in vicinity during hunting hours.

    Any questions may be directed to the Dunlora Board via an email to the community manager, Tim Durrer, at tdurrer@communitygroup.com.
  • 27 Nov 2018 9:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A construction project at UVa has closed access to the cut-off between Old Ivy Rd and the trailhead at the intersection of Ivy Road and the 250 Bypass. That short stretch has never been an official part of the Rivanna Trail--because of the illegal crossing of the railroad tracks--but those who might be inclined to use it will need to find an alternate route for the next couple of months.

    Unfortunately, pedestrian access in the area is difficult. Traveling counter-clockwise, our recommended route is to turn past the Law School and do a roadwalk to Old Ivy--being particularly careful at the narrow railroad underpass. Some users may prefer to continue all the way to Leonard Sandridge Road or Old Ivy and then down to the underpass, though neither option has sidewalks. (Heading west at Old Ivy may be a shorter distance, but the intersections at Ivy Road and the bypass ramps are particularly treacherous, and are not recommended.) Consult the Rivanna Trail app or web map for detailed directions, both here and along the entire RT.

    Longer term, as UVa development continues on Old Ivy Road and begins on the former Kluge Children’s Hospital site, we continue to advocate for a safe and convenient corridor for the RT and along Ivy Road. It’s impossible to know what solutions might be possible and when, but this area is increasingly recognized as a key missing link in the RT and the wider transportation network.

  • 07 Nov 2018 10:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For users of the River North segments of the RT, please note that there will be some occasional closures on the east side of Dunlora during the winter. We have been notified by the Dunlora Community Association that they have approved bow hunting to reduce the size of the deer herds within the DCA property.

    Hunting will be roughly confined to the area bounded by the Rivanna River, eastern property boundaries of homes on Barclay Hill and King William Drive, Dunlora Farm Road, and the boundary with Belvedere. Hunting may take place seven days a week and initially will be during dawn hours, 5:00 am - 8:00 am. (Depending on results, they may extend hunting hours to include the dusk hours, but we will be notified in advance if this change is made and will post a notice here.) Hunting will be conducted starting in November and conclude in the middle of March.

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