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.

  • 08 Sep 2013 10:21 PM | Anonymous member
    Whole Foods is sponsoring a special kid-friendly stewardship event for kids and their families. The RTF will lead a kid-friendly trail clearing activity, and Whole Foods is providing a healthy free lunch! Kids and families must RSVP for this event here
  • 13 Aug 2013 4:39 PM | Anonymous member
    In 1998 UVA granted the RTF permission to build trails through the lovely riparian forest behind the JAG, Law, and Darden Business Schools. In 1999 more than 100 volunteers helped the RTF build trail and three "organic"-style bridges here on National Trails Day. Now this section of trail is heavily used by members of the entire Charlottesville-Albemarle community, and numerous volunteers have continued to donate their time keeping it open and accessible, including most recently Eagle Scout Ben Beiter. A big thank you to UVA and to all volunteers! 
  • 16 Jul 2013 10:41 PM | Anonymous member

    July’s Second Saturday work party volunteers established the beginnings of a new trail in the linear park that is currently being redeveloped by the City’s Parks & Rec. Dept. after several years of sewer interceptor replacement work by RWSA and stream restoration by TNC. The new trail is located downstream of the Jamestown Court footbridge. Please obey "private property" and "stay on trail" signs. We invite you to enjoy photos, explore, lobby for new bridges and passage through the railroad embankment, and take care of the trails you love by clipping on your walks or joining us at a future work party.

  • 09 Jun 2013 9:42 PM | Anonymous member
    It was a good old-fashioned work party Saturday on one of the oldest and loveliest sections of the RT: the old Melbourne Loop, now a rustic footpath between the John Warner / Meadowcreek Parkway bike trail and Meadow Creek. Despite unexpected rain showers, a dozen volunteers armed with loppers, mowers, and muscles reopened thick thick vegetation in less than two hours. Visit RTF's photo album to see our mighty volunteers.
  • 30 May 2013 9:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    There are beautiful new distance markers along the two-mile paved section of the Trail that runs from Riverview Park along the river. The posts are accurately measured and permanently placed every quarter mile on the left side of the path.

    The markers--a gift to walkers, bikers, and runners alike--were donated and installed by Mark, Alec, and Adrian Lorenzoni (of Ragged Mountain Running Shop), with some really great help from Nick Wispelwey and Thomas Adam.  Thanks from the RTF!
  • 18 May 2013 2:11 PM | Anonymous member

    The Poor House and nearby trail on UVa grounds received a sprucing up during Earth Week thanks to Carey Hill’s efforts to coordinate volunteers from the UVa Sustainability Outreach Committee and the Charlottesville Area Mountain Biking Community (CAMBC). Thanks, Carey!


    Before and After shots

    highlight the efforts of May’s Second Saturday Work Party volunteers. Under the leadership of Michael Barnes, volunteers mowed, lopped, pulled, sawed, dug, and removed trash from this lovely stretch of trail between the Christian Aid fields and the RT’s intersection with 5th Street near Harris Street. Check out more pictures on our photo pages.


    Future opportunities to volunteer:

    June 1, City Parks & Rec. is celebrating National Trails Day by clearing trail in the Ragged Mountain Natural Area. Watch local media for details.

    June 8, RTF Second Saturday work party.

    Anytime – Carry clippers w/ you when you hike and clip back those aggressive vines and branches. RTF’s goal is to keep trail corridors open to approximately
    6’ wide X 7’ high.

  • 18 May 2013 2:04 PM | Anonymous member

    As the RTF board reported to membership earlier, the southern interchange of the proposed Route 29 Bypass, if built, will impact the Rivanna Trail between Barracks Road and Old Ivy Road, possibly displacing this segment of the trail permanently.


    The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is holding a public information meeting to present three design alternatives of the southern interchange.


    Thursday May 23, 2013

    5 – 7:30 PM

    Holiday Inn Charlottesville, 1901 Emmet Street


    Written and Oral comments will be due by June 3, 2013


    The RTF board has not seen these current design alternatives. We encourage all members and trail users to view them at the public meeting, ask to see them online if unable to attend the meeting, and provide feedback to VDOT as appropriate.


    View VDOT’s official announcement of this meeting.
  • 30 Apr 2013 10:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Congratulations to Andrew Heatwole, who achieved the status of Eagle Scout on April 28. Andrew's service project was to design and build a new bridge for the Rivanna Trail, which was installed last fall on the Observatory Hill section. The  Trail has been the beneficiary of a number of Eagle Scout projects over the years, and we congratulate Andrew on his achievement and thank him for his service to the RTF.
  • 09 Mar 2013 6:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The March work party installed some new signposts at the Holmes Avenue trailheads, and moved a stretch of the trail between there and Locust Avenue onto higher ground. Part of this stretch has long been subject to flooding, so we shifted a bit of the trail out of standing water to what we hope is drier ground. The muck quotient is still high because of the melting snow, but the hope is that this part of the trail will now drain and dry out quicker. Please help establish the new path the next time you're in the area!
  • 01 Mar 2013 10:37 PM | Anonymous member

    In architecture, a lintel is a “horizontal structural element” used for various purposes. To the RTF, lintels are a convenient way to get hikers through shallow water. Unfortunately over time they crack and disintegrate. Luckily for us hikers, February work party leader Nick Hamblett and his merry band of volunteers were not deterred by cold water.

    Nick reports, “Despite definitely cold temperatures, about a dozen hardy volunteers showed up for the February work party, on the second Saturday. Starting from the RTF shed off Morton Drive, we worked our way clockwise on the trail. Work split into two groups. The first was a truly adventurous group who worked to replace the broken lintels (cement beams) in the creek passing under 250. Their efforts in the cold water that morning are much appreciated, as the passing can now be made with much more confidence, as none of the blocks are missing chunks. The second group got to remain dry the whole time, and cleaned up the trail from the culvert under Hydraulic up to about the first clearing made by the recent stream restoration project. We hacked back some thorns, and re-defined the trail along the restoration project, closing up the temporary trails that were in place for the duration of this project. Ramps to small footbridges were improved, as were drainage channels in some of the muddy spots. Thanks to all of the volunteers, whose efforts continue to improve the trail, a gem of Charlottesville.”