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.


  • 13 Jan 2012 6:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Volunteers make the RTF and the Rivanna Trail a reality. RTF member John Imbrie responded to our request for trail signage improvement ideas with a wonderfully detailed note full of suggestions.
     
    Kwang Koh (pictured at right) and his wife recently moved to Charlottesville. They read about the Rivanna Trail online, and purposely selected a house near it. Kwang has already adopted a section of trail, trimmed fallen limbs, replaced a broken board on a footbridge, and constructed a lovely seat overlooking the river. Thank you!

    Many feet and eyes enable us to achieve our goal of making the trail route crystal clear to anyone who walks along it. What’s your favorite section? Where do we need to add signs or make improvements? Send us your thoughts at rivannatrails@gmail.com.
  • 08 Jan 2012 3:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    A major objective for RTF in 2012 is to update and improve our trail signage as we reconnect sections interrupted by sewer renovations. We ask all trail users to participate in this project by noting places along the trails that need clarification or improvement. Send us an email at rivannatrails@gmail.org, being as specific as possible as to location of your observations. We also welcome your ideas for general improvement of way-finding along the trails.

    Look for new signs at some trailheads, including the one pictured here,  at the southern entrance to our newest trail segment between Stribling Avenue and Sunset Avenue Extended.
  • 06 Jan 2012 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The County's segment of the newly-renamed John Warner (nee Meadowcreek) Parkway opened on January 6, and with it the multi-use trail between Melbourne and Rio Road. The 10-foot-wide paved path runs the entire length of the Parkway, and is fully accessible and suitable for pedestrians and bicyclists.

    The RTF has begun to reopen the original trail alignment, with the segment from just north of Melbourne to the railroad culvert having been the subject of a recent work party. The southernmost leg of the segment, just north of the Park Street bridge, is still closed, necessitating a short road walk along Melbourne and then a few hundred feet down the parkway trail. The culvert beneath the railroad tracks also remains closed, but we are hopeful of obtaining permission to build a new walkway.
  • 10 Dec 2011 9:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Meadow Creek, one of the City's major waterways, has been selected to undergo a major stream restoration in 2012. The restoration will result in improved water quality, as well as enhanced aquatic habitat and aesthetic values, along the stream between the Norfolk Southern railway at the east end of Greenbrier Park, and Hydraulic Road.

    To prepare for this project, the segment of the Rivanna Trail just north of Hydraulic Road has been shifted to the east. We anticipate this will allow the trail will remain open during the project, but be alert for equipment and temporary closures.

    To find out more details and to follow the progress of this project, visit the project web site at www.charlottesville.org/meadowcreek.
  • 12 Nov 2011 5:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    A strong turnout for the November 12, 2011, trail work party - bolstered by volunteers from Madison House, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and local cub scouts - blazed an entirely new segment of the Rivanna Trail loop, connecting Stribling Avenue and Sunset Avenue.  This connection replaces what had been one of the longest road walks on the Trail, and is possible thanks to an easement from Stribling Holding LLC.

    When walking the loop trail counter-clockwise, turn right on Stribling Avenue after passing through the bamboo patch below the Forestry Department, then right again immediately after crossing under the railroad bridge. Pass through the field, cross the driveway, and then descend to the rock hop across Moore's Creek. The trail continues along an old farm road, and then turns left along Sunset Avenue Extended before meeting up with the Sunset/Azalea segment at the pedestrian bridge.

    We have some photographs posted here.
  • 24 Oct 2011 7:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    With apologies for the delay in getting photographs posted to the web site, here are some shots of a new bridge on the trail, this one built by the Class of 2011 at the Village School. Inviting all to do a little monkey bar workout, the bridge was constructed in late spring.

    Located on the trail segment that runs between Barracks Road and Leonard Sandridge Drive, the new span connects the main trail with a spur that runs behind the Law School. Many thanks to the Village School!

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