Rivanna Trails

News/Blog

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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  • 08 Oct 2011 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Thanks to a contingent of over 30 UVa employees who donated their time and effort as part of the annual United Way Day of Caring, a quarter-mile section of the trail just north of Hydraulic Road has been moved eastward to make way for the Meadow Creek restoration project that is scheduled to begin in December. Led by Chris Gensic, the Parks and Trails Planner for the City of Charlottesville, the volunteers spent the morning cutting trees, relocating bridges, clearing brush, and even avoiding a nest or two of wasps. The October 8 RTF work party finished the job, and the new route is now complete. Check our photo album for photos of the new trail.

    Help inaugurate the new segment (and pack the soil) by coming out for a hike!
  • 08 Sep 2011 8:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The River North segment of the Rivanna Trail has two new bridges, thanks to the effort of Ben Cosgro. As an Eagle Project for Boy Scout Troop 241, Ben built two bridges behind the soccer fields in Dunlora, one 23' long and the other 30'. Work on the bridges was finished this past May.

    A gift from the RTF helped pay for supplies and material, with the time and labor provided by Ben. The new bridges are a great example of how volunteers and member contributions make the Rivanna Trails ever better.  Thank you, Ben!

    (click on the photos to view a full-size version)


  • 29 Aug 2011 9:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    If you can read this post, it's because the new RTF web site is now live! We hope the new look makes it easier to find information on exploring the Rivanna Trail and supporting the RTF. Behind the scenes, we also have a new database that will help us better manage membership records and track donations. We think we've got all the new pages linked and functioning correctly, but please drop me a line at rivannatrails@gmail.com if something is missing or not working properly.
  • 15 Aug 2011 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Check out this link to Tom Daly's terrific time-lapse video composed of still shots taken every three minutes during his 8 hour circumnavigation of the Rivanna Trail: www.tomdalyphotography.com/2011/03/rivanna-trail.

    We invite everyone to share your photos of our trails.  Contact us at rivannatrails@gmail.com to tell us what you'd like to post.

  • 11 Jul 2011 5:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Pantops Community Advisory Council (PCAC) is a group of of citizens appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to serve as a sounding board for issues impacting Pantops Master Planning. In a recent posting, they mentioned plans for the trail that runs along the county side of the Rivanna River near Free Bridge:

    "Albemarle County is working to connect this portion of the trail with land which has been proffered by both State Farm and Martha Jefferson. The hope is this will eventually be turned into the “Old Mills Trail.” County staff is pursing various grants and non-traditional funding streams to work towards this final goal. Additionally, the County is looking to develop this trail further upstream, with the long range goal of having the trail reach the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center, and potentially even continuing substantially further north. The PCAC hopes to work with the County to help in this endeavor. There are a number of groups the PCAC would like to bring together to facilitate the success of this project. The hope is that a grassroots effort can help the realization of this trail as well as its continued maintenance. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend PCAC meetings to voice their interest, and to follow the PCAC website for developments on this and other “green” projects."
  • 08 Mar 2011 6:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    RTF is launching a major new initiative to expand our trail network West from Charlottesville along the route of the old Three Notched Road. Our goal is to create a scenic and safe walking and biking route from the Rivanna River near Monticello to the Blue Ridge Mountains following the path of the historic Three Notched Road. Originally conceived by a small group of community members, this project has become the second major RTF initiative to expand our trail network outside of the existing loop trail.  

    Our work on the Three Notched Trail (TNT) is at a very early stage. We have begun planning a route. We hope that the first phase of the trail will begin in the vicinity of University Hall, skirt the athletic stadium to reach Old Ivy Rd., follow the railroad tracks and Ivy Road west from Bellair Market, cross the Health Sciences Northridge property, join a stretch of the original Three Notched Road behind the Christian Aid Mission, then follow either Rt. 250 West or Old Ballard Rd west from Broomley Road, and eventually reach West Leigh Drive.

    To find out more information about this exciting project, download our brochure (pdf).



  • 08 Mar 2011 6:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    There are some great new trails north of the Belvedere neighborhood.

    Directions: From Rio Road East, turn onto Belvedere Drive (located just east of the railroad tracks). Go through two roundabouts, the first of which has new homes near it. Continue straight ahead on a gravel road until you see a dirt road going downhill to the RIGHT. If you’re in a car, turn and park here. Walk down the dirt road to a clump of huge oak trees. Near the oaks, to the RIGHT, there’s a trail that leads to the trails in the Dunlora neighborhood that we built on National Trails Day 2008. STRAIGHT AHEAD is the new trail that is part of the new Belvedere development. This trail goes downhill, bends left to the north, follows the edge of fields and forest, crosses a small stream, and continues through forest with views of the Rivanna River all the way to a high railroad trestle. We do NOT have permission to cross under the tracks or to walk beyond them. Please stay on the trail, and respect the rights of private landowners.


    The RTF gives a big thanks to Stonehaus Builders for their cooperation and dedication to trails as an important community resource.

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