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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 if you have suggestions for news we ought to cover.

  • 17 Aug 2021 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    September 25 is National Public Lands day, and to celebrate we are partnering with the Rivanna River Company and their Rivanna Roots concert series to offer a fun day on the Rivanna Trail. We’re also celebrating the new bridge at Woolen Mills and the implementation of our new signage project throughout the loop. If you've ever wondered where all the trail segments are located — or even just how to navigate from one segment to another — this is your opportunity to join a small group to experience the Rivanna Trail.

    This year, we're offering opportunities to hike the full loop, bike the full loop, run a 5-mile segment, and for a family-friendly short walk along the paved section through Riverview Park. The day will conclude at the Rivanna River Company and the concert scheduled for that evening. There will be live music, with local beer, wine, and food trucks offering their wares. As an added incentive for completing one of our group events — beyond spending time on the RT — we will cover the concert admission for the first 20 participants who register for each option!

    If you’re not up for a group event but want to join the festivities afterwards, regular admission to the concert is $10 per person (free for kids 12 and under), available through The Front Porch (
    • The full loop hike begins at 8:00 AM at Free Bridge. Registration details here: Loop de Ville.
    • The full loop bike ride, in partnership with the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club, begins at 1:00 PM, also at Free Bridge. Registration details here: Bike the Loop.
    • The no-drop run, in partnership with the Charlottesville Area Trail Runners, begins at 8:00 AM at Azalea Park. Registration details here: Run the RT.
    • The family-friendly walk begins at the Rivanna RIver Company at 4:00 PM. Registration details here: Family-Friendly Walk.

  • 22 Jun 2021 8:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Rivanna Trails Foundation (RTF) is seeking an Intern for the 2021 summer. Main tasks involve coordinating volunteers to install "wayfinding" posts, trailhead signs, and maps around the 20 mile loop portion. The intern must be outgoing, motivated, and able to work independently on tasks. The timing of the work is flexible and should be completed by mid August. A stipend of $500 will be paid at the completion of the work. The intern must have their own reliable transportation; an additional $100 for mileage reimbursement is available.

    Interested applicants should email RTF Board Member Allie Hill via Please include why you would like to work with the Rivanna Trails Foundation and any questions about the internship.


    Plan for New Sign Installation

    • Approximately 50 wayfinding posts have been planned for and custom mileage signs are being printed. Sixteen 6"x6" wooden posts have been installed thus far with no printed signs yet attached. The remaining posts and all mileage signs will be installed this summer. This can be accomplished using volunteer groups, summer work parties, etc., with the intern leading this charge and organizing the activities. The RTF has tools for installation.
    • Determine where new RTF trailhead signs should be installed.
    • Plan for new road walk/discontinuous trail map signage.

    Coordinate Printing RTF Paper Maps

    • Work with RTF to print paper maps for the new kiosks being installed this summer.
    • Coordinate printing of smaller maps for distribution to area bike and outdoor shops.

    Make Suggestions for Signage Improvement

    • When on the trail, make note where clarification signs are needed.
  • 02 Jun 2021 7:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June is National Outdoors Month and June 5th is National Trails Day. In celebration of and in support of local trails and outdoor spaces, during the month of June a number of local breweries are giving their patrons menu options that contribute to local trail non-profits. A portion of the proceeds from select menu items will go to help maintain, operate, and expand the network of trails in the Charlottesville area.

    In the City, Beer Run, Kardinal Hall, Random Row, and Selvedge breweries are supporting the Rivanna Trails Foundation. In Nelson County, Devils Backbone is supporting the Rockfish Valley Foundation, which manages trails in the Nellysford/Old Wintergreen area.

    If you like the outdoors, whether hiking, biking, birding, or simply enjoying the view of nature around the area, please visit one of the sponsoring establishments, and refresh yourself while helping to support the refreshing surroundings in Central Virginia.

  • 29 Apr 2021 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Three Notched Trail is a 25-mile car-free trail proposed to run from Charlottesville to Afton Mountain -- and someday be a key link connecting the Capital Trail in Richmond to the Shenandoah Valley. The next step is a feasibility study, for which VDOT has already offered funding. Please voice your support encouraging the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors to proceed with a VDOT-funded feasibility study of the proposed trail.

  • 26 Feb 2021 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to construction, the RTF's River North Trail has been rerouted through the Belvedere neighborhood. See the map below for the new trail alignment. 

    Directions: Coming from Pen Park or or the Dunlora neighborhood, the trail now veers to the left (orange connector trail) and onto Farrow Drive in the Belvedere neighborhood. Turn right on Farrow and soon left onto Fowler Street. After a block, make a right onto Belvedere Drive, a gravel road, until making a left and jumping back into the woods before the tree line. This section follows an old fire road until it reconnects with the original River North Trail beyond the construction zone. We are working on adding new signage and updating our maps. 

    Many thanks to the Dunlora and Belvedere community members who built this reroute, as well as the Belvedere developers for working with us to make this reroute possible. For your safety, as well as to help us maintain our community relationships, please stay on the designated RTF River North Trail system. If you have any questions please contact us at

  • 10 Oct 2020 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Belated thanks to Paul Kay, a student a UVa who served the RTF this past summer as our first-ever intern. Regular users of the RT may have seen Paul as he walked every inch of the trail, cataloging maintenance needs and noting where clarification signs are needed. Chief among his accomplishments was the creation of a detailed signage improvement plan that will guide our wayfinding efforts in the years ahead. Thank you, Paul!

  • 08 Oct 2020 10:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Charlottesville Track club is hosting the Men's Four Miler on October 31. The run/walk event will be held--with proper social distancing--on a new grass course at Foxfield that made its debut with the Women's Four Miler last month. It's a great opportunity to explore a new course and support cancer research at UVa. Details are at

  • 06 Oct 2020 8:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Rivanna Trail lost one of its earliest visionaries and long-time advocates with the passing of John Conover on Sunday, October 4. In 1992 he was one of the founding board members of the RTF, and he helped clear some of the first segments of the trail. Named a Charlottesville Bridge Builder in 2002, John also served as a member of the Charlottesville City Council, on the board of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, and with the Legal Aid Justice Center. We are grateful for his service to the Rivanna Trail.

  • 23 Sep 2020 10:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The trailhead at the end of Kenwood Lane, at the southeast corner of Greenbrier Park, is temporarily closed for construction. Storm water pipes are being installed, after which the City will add fencing and stone dust to improve the entry to the trail. The closest alternate entry to the trail and park from the south is at the end of Jamestown Drive.

  • 21 Aug 2020 8:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    News of the opening of the bridge at Woolen Mills was premature -- there are some outstanding inspection and permitting issues that are being worked through with the County, and until those are complete the bridge is closed. We've reached out to the County for more information and a possible timeline, and will post here when we learn more.