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.

  • 19 Feb 2016 9:11 PM | Anonymous

    Twenty-four years ago, a group of Charlottesville residents had a vision. They shared a deep appreciation of nature, the desire to explore the hidden wild places within our urban landscape, and an idea for a trail that followed our local waterways and encircled our city. The current board members of RTF are proud to carry on the vision of those founding members as the trail and the organization continue to grow.

    Whether you are a trail user, a property owner, a one-time volunteer, or a trail adopter, you know the value that RTF brings to our community. We are currently looking for people like you who may be interested in serving on the RTF Board of Directors. Board members meet once monthly, lead or co-lead at least one trail workday per year, serve as advocates for trail use and development, and guide the evolving vision of the organization. Previous non-profit board experience is a plus, but enthusiasm for our local trails is the primary qualification.

    Some of us are naturalists who use the trails to immerse ourselves in the beauty of our native flora and fauna, others are active hikers, runners, and cyclists; and many are all of the above. Whatever draws you outdoors and into our urban wild places, we all rely on the trails that connect our community. Please contact us if you or someone you know are interested in becoming more involved, and thank you for your support of our local trails!


    Todd Neimeier
    RTF President

  • 09 Jan 2016 9:33 PM | Anonymous
    The City of Charlottesville will be posting a job soon for a seasonal (March-October) trail position. Interested candidates should contact Chris Gensic (gensic@charlottesville.org), the City's Park & Trail Planner, or watch the City job board (http://agency.governmentjobs.com/charlottesville/default.cfm). Candidates have to be 18 and should have some experience in trail work.
  • 30 Oct 2015 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    The Rivanna Trail was recently profiled as a featured trail by the National Recreational Trails Program. It's a great piece, describing what makes the RT a valuable part of the community.

  • 19 Oct 2015 10:19 PM | Anonymous

    There will be some stream stabilization work starting this week (sometime between October 19 and October 23) in the vicinity of the trail segment that parallels 5th Street, behind Hardees. The trail will be detoured to stay on the 5th Street sidewalk during the work.

  • 16 Oct 2015 5:44 PM | Anonymous

    Francis Fife, a true public servant, died this morning. He was 95. Funeral arrangements are pending.

    Francis was a remarkable man with a remarkable record of service to the community, including eight years on City Council and a term as Mayor from 1972 to 1974. He was a founder of the Charlottesville Housing Foundation and served on the Board of Piedmont Housing Alliance from PHA’s inception until his resignation this past year for health reasons. He was also a founder and President of the Rivanna Trails Foundation, and he served on the Board of Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population. He was mayor at the time of the vote to approve the Downtown Mall, though because he was a Vice President of what was then Virginia National Bank (now part of Bank of America), which had an office on the Downtown Mall, he recused himself. He was proud of an unpopular vote for scattered-site public housing. He was also proud to support the Ivy Creek Foundation, around the time that he was mayor.

    He was a gentle, humble man who will be greatly missed.

  • 18 Feb 2015 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    Rescheduled due to weather If you plan to be in Riverview Park on Wednesday, February 25, be on the alert for blasting at the existing Rivanna Pump Station located at the entrance to park (intersection of Chesapeake St. and Riverside Ave). A single blast is anticipated mid-day. Crews will be working on the 16th to drill holes in preparation for the blast.

    Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be temporarily stopped on the adjacent roads, trails, and at the park entrance in the vicinity around the pump station at the 5-minute warning horn/siren before the blast. There will be another horn/siren sounded right before the blast, and then a prolonged horn/siren following the blast when the blaster has confirmed the site is all clear and then normal traffic patterns will resume. Please note that the park will not be closed.

    Several seismographs will be set up in the Woolen Mills neighborhood to gather vibration data.  We appreciate your cooperation to adhere to all signage and personnel regarding blasting for your SAFETY!

  • 10 Feb 2015 7:11 PM | Anonymous

    In addition to our own monthly work party, our friends at the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club are hosting a work party at Ragged Mountain. RTF has worked with the city over the past couple of years to restore and build trails around the new dam and expanded reservoir, and CAMBC is continuing that effort. RTF. . . CAMBC. . . one day, two great work parties. Take your pick and show your love for local trails on Valentine's day! Click here for details on the RTF Monthly Work Party; details on CAMBC's event are below.

    What: First ever CAMBC/City of Cville workday at Ragged Mountain. Help punch in a critical section of trail that gets us closer to having the first loop around the reservoir. How good is that? At 9, we'll have a very short briefing on safety, project overview, and logistics.

    When: Saturday, February 14, 9am- Noon, with a grill-out after

    Where: Ragged Mountain dam parking lot. Note that this is not the old lower parking lot, but the upper, new one. If you aren't sure, keep going uphill past Camp Holiday Trails until the road ends at the dam. We need to haul people to the work site, which is about a mile away. If you have a 4WD vehicle, please bring it to help haul people from the parking lot.

    Notable extra: For those who can stick around, CAMBC will be supplying a simple grill-out after we are done, at the parking area. Nice! Bring a plate so we don't generate a bunch of trash.

    What to bring: If you have any trail tools (especially digging tools like rogue hoes, pulaski's, digging hoe, etc.) bring them. We don't know how many folks are planning to attend, so bring whatcha got. Wear hiking boots and prepare for cold. Bring work gloves.

  • 12 Oct 2014 9:51 PM | Anonymous

    With the help of students from UVa's Alternative Fall Break, the October work party began the task of reopening a spur trail running just west of the Warner Parkway. The original trail was closed during construction of the Parkway, and had become totally overgrown and impassible over the past few years.

    The reopened spur starts along the fence at the west side of the CHS football field on Melbourne Road, and runs north about a quarter mile. The trail ends at the old-growth kudzu patch, but future work parties will clear through to Meadow Creek at the culvert, making a mini loop with the RT on the east side of the Parkway. Even in its incomplete state, it's an addition to the Rivanna Trail worth exploring.

  • 05 Jul 2014 9:33 PM | Anonymous
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  • 24 Jun 2014 7:58 PM | Anonymous
    The City of Charlottesville is currently revising its 2003 Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan under the leadership of Amanda Poncy, the city's biking and pedestrian coordinator. As many of you know, the RTF participated mightily in drafting the 2003 Plan, and we are grateful that the city has done so much over the years to support the Rivanna and other trails.

    As part of this current project, the city has posted an online interactive map through which people can indicate desired routes or destinations, including ones in the county. One must register and log in, but does not have to be a city resident to do so.

    Participating in this mapping activity is a great way to expand and help protect our trail system. Thanks for all the ways you help the RTF.