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.

  • 24 Jun 2014 7:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    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. 

  • 12 Mar 2014 10:41 PM | Anonymous member

    The RTF celebrates Virginia National Bank's "e-statement campaign," the proceeds of which will help us build a new pedestrian bridge. If you would like to volunteer engineering expertise, construction skills, or heavy equipment donations to this project, please contact us.

    Here are details from our most recent letter to RTF members: "As our city evolves and grows, so does the importance of a trail system that serves a diverse group of city residents. Thanks to a close partnership with the Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department, the Greenbrier Neighborhood Association, and Virginia National Bank we are on the verge of building the first in a series of bridges over the newly restored Meadow Creek. This is the first step within a larger plan to create a new multi-use trail through the entire Meadow Creek Valley, connecting the paths along the John Warner Parkway to Highway 29 North. By building multi-use trails like these, which co-exist with our rustic footpaths, we can preserve the classic RTF trail experience while expanding the accessibility and commuter value of our trail system."

  • 11 Feb 2014 9:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The RTF Board would like to thank its faithful and generous supporters who have recently sent in financial gifts, its incredible trail adopters and work party volunteers who have braved recent rains and snows to maintain the trail, and visionaries who have presented us with plans for new or improved trails.

    The Board would also like to give you an update on the Route 29 Western Bypass and its potential impacts to the Rivanna Trail. Depending upon final design, the Bypass’s southern interchange could negatively impact or destroy up to a mile of the Rivanna Trail between Barracks Road and Old Ivy Road.

    In September of 2012, we informed you of an information meeting that gave the public an opportunity to provide comments to VDOT about the Bypass’s southern interchange. At that time, the RTF Board expressed its concerns and requested that all future maps of the roadway include the Rivanna Trail. VDOT obliged, surveyed the trail, and included it on future maps.

    In 2013, the Federal Highway Administration designated the Rivanna Trail in the area of the southern interchange to be a “section 4(f) resource.” In layman’s terms, this means that the FHWA deemed the Rivanna Trail to be an “important public recreational resource,” requiring VDOT to include a mitigation plan for protecting or improving the trail. VDOT has offered a rough draft of a mitigation plan, but the Board is awaiting more details before making any decisions.

    On February 5, the RTF Board presented a letter to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors supporting the BOS’s agenda item of deciding whether or not to hold a public hearing about the Bypass. The BOS voted 5-1 to hold a hearing.

    What can you do to help protect the Rivanna Trail from impacts of the Route 29 Western Bypass?

    You may address your concerns about potential negative impacts to the Rivanna Trail at a public hearing about the Bypass sponsored by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on February 19.

    You may write a letter about your concerns to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, or to Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne.

    Again, we thank you for the many ways you support both the RTF and the RT.

  • 21 Jan 2014 5:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Thank you to the students from the Miller School who added a handrail to this bridge on the trail segment alongside 5th Street (behind the Waffle House and Taco Bell) and moved a bit of trail away from the eroding banks of Moore's Creek. We appreciate their efforts!
  • 11 Jan 2014 7:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Today's rain didn't discourage the the monthly work party from digging post holes and installing a pair of barricades across a segment of the access roadway that runs between 5th Street and Jordan Park, where we're trying to encourage users to stay on the trail. As tempting as the roadway might look, it cuts across some private property and is meant solely for official access to the sewer right-of-way. This segment has been the focus of a couple recent work parties, so the official trail is in good shape and easy to follow.

    There - as along the entire trail - we need to be respectful of the generous landowners who have granted access to the RT by keeping to the official trail route.
  • 22 Dec 2013 8:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Piedmont Environmental Council has released For the Love of the Land: 100 Conservation Stories from Across Virginia, and the Rivanna Trail is one of the stories described in the book. RTF's collaboration with the City of Charlottesville to protect the trail and develop the new Meadow Creek Valley Park (where the RTF is about to begin construction of a new bridge) are highlighted.

    Click the link above to explore an on-line version of the book; on the interactive map, you'll find the Rivanna Trail as story number 58.
  • 14 Dec 2013 4:35 PM | Anonymous member
    The Quarry Park bridge has been replaced. There's a little landscaping to do yet, but trail users can now safely cross Moore's Creek from Quarry Park and then hike on the Rivanna Trail either upstream toward Jordan Park or downstream toward the Woolen Mills. Volunteers and the City of Charlottesville, thank you! Hikers and cyclists, enjoy!
  • 27 Oct 2013 5:36 PM | Anonymous member
    "Fun" is the best word to describe watching nine enthusiastic Phi Gamma Deltas attack the challenge of rebuilding our rock hop in Moore's Creek today. Having communicated well with us before they came, they knew exactly what they were facing: frigid creek water up to their knees, an end goal without a prescribed execution plan, and dozens of large rocks to move. The men assessed the situation, made a plan, began implementation, and inspired each other with cooperation, competition, cajoling, puns, quotations from literature and movies, and a little splashing. During construction they were visited by four dogs, four runners, an extended family with two little stick-yielding boys ["When we grow up, can we play in the cold stream, too?"], and three men on mountain bikes. The Rivanna Trail is a well-used treasure, the RTF could not keep it open without the help of volunteers, and everyone appreciates the work of these young men from UVa.
  • 12 Oct 2013 6:06 PM | Anonymous member
    Look for our new trailhead on Avon Street. From Jordan Park, follow the Rivanna Trail DOWNstream, go UNDER the Avon Street bridge, and follow the new side-cut (benched) trail up to street level. If you want to continue on the trail toward Quarry Park, turn left at the street and walk south along Avon Street, cross the bridge, and turn left into the pine trees to pick up the rustic trail again.

    Have a look at today's terrific volunteers who ignored the drizzle and cut in this new trail. Thank you, young workers and adult mentors. It was a great day on the trail.
  • 16 Sep 2013 1:06 PM | Anonymous member

    Sept. 14th 2nd Sat. Work Party Report - On a beautiful morning for trail work, and being outside generally, the Rivanna Trails Foundation was honored to have more than 30 volunteers dedicate their morning (and some early afternoon) to improving trail conditions. Our primary effort was going to be between the RTF shed (on Morton Drive) and Brandywine Rd, but with so many volunteers, we actually had a group working between Barracks and Leonard Sandridge as well. Many thanks to David Stackhouse of the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC) for leading this group in trimming back the summer growth and improving some of the rocky sections. The group that worked closer to the shed was focused on digging trenches to encourage better drainage and less mud, and trail users will see evidence of this in numerous spots along the trail.

    The RTF would like to thank all the volunteers for coming out this morning, including the University of Virginia's Phi Sigma Pi, Mens and Womens club cross country teams, and Project Serve.

    In addition to the above fantastic turnout of volunteers, Kristen Rabourdin of Whole Foods organized a Kids Stewardship Day on the Trail [with free apples before and healthy make-your-own lunches after!].  From the store, we led nine hard little workers and their parents under the Hydraulic Road underpass to overgrown trail where they clipped and tossed and totally cleared thick vegetation all the way to the 250 Bypass. Thank you, Whole Foods for being a great trail neighbor and supporter!