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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.

  • 20 Aug 2016 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I want to personally thank all of you who took the time to reach out to the City councilors and staff to tell them how valuable the RTF trail segment between Avon Street and QuarryPark is to you. Because of your efforts, the City held several meetings with RTF board members to hear our concerns about the loss of this vital section of trail and consider our uncertainties regarding the proposed alternatives.

    We regret to inform you that, despite our best efforts, the City chose to forgo the agreement with VirginiaSelf Storage, LLC, which would have secured a permanent trail easement and greenway corridor between Avon Street and Quarry Park. Nonetheless, City Council and Staff are instead pursuing an alternative plan, which will potentially re-route the trail onto a narrow strip of land closer to Moore’s Creek, but on the same side of the creek as the current trail. We at the RTF are hopeful that this plan is successful. We will support the City’s efforts to secure the various permissions and easements required and offer volunteer labor to help establish the new trail corridor.

    In the meantime, the City has generously opened a detour that will maintain the continuity of the trail. From the former trailhead at Avon Street, follow Avon Street south and up the hill until you come to the next driveway on your left. Turn left onto the driveway and follow the road straight back to a fence where you will find a sign marking a gate, which leads to the detour trail. There are signs with maps posted at either end of the closed section of trail.

    Please respect the owners of the Virginia Self Storage property and discontinue all use of the previous trail. Doing so will help us maintain our positive relationship with the owners and will aid in future negotiations.

    Thank you again for your ongoing support of our urban trail system.

    Todd Niemeier

  • 30 Apr 2016 6:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The RTF has been awarded a $10,500 grant from Dominion Resources to build an upgraded crossing under the 250 Bypass near Hydraulic Road. RTF was one of 61 environmental organizations across ten states that shared $1 million.

    We have some concrete lintels through there now, but they’re subject to damage from high water, expensive to maintain--and back-breaking work to replace when needed (the photo at right is from our last repair project). The grant enables us to partner with the City to build a permanent raised walkway, high enough that it is above the normal water level, but low enough that heavy water and debris will be able to pass over it unobstructed during storms.

    This is but the latest example of support from Dominion; in the past they’ve provided telephone poles for bridge projects, volunteer work crews, and an easement along their Hydraulic Road property.

  • 15 Apr 2016 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The City of Charlotesville has finalized property purchase and easements along the west side of Moores Creek, which will allow for a new connection between Sunset Road and Old Lynchburg Road. This provides a permanent trail to Azalea Park, replacing the former RT route on the opposite side of the creek that was closed a couple of years ago. Some temporary markers are already in place, but improvements and signage will come later in the year. This new property, coupled with an easement from the Eagles Landing apartments, will close a major gap in the Trail though southwest Charlottesville.

  • 01 Apr 2016 11:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sections of the Rivanna Trail near the railroad in Greenbrier Neighborhood will be closed from April 4th - May 7th for necessary repairs to the Meadow Creek Interceptor sewer system.

    Letter from Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority

  • 19 Feb 2016 9:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Twenty-four years ago, a group of Charlottesville residents had a vision. They shared a deep appreciation of nature, the desire to explore the hidden wild places within our urban landscape, and an idea for a trail that followed our local waterways and encircled our city. The current board members of RTF are proud to carry on the vision of those founding members as the trail and the organization continue to grow.

    Whether you are a trail user, a property owner, a one-time volunteer, or a trail adopter, you know the value that RTF brings to our community. We are currently looking for people like you who may be interested in serving on the RTF Board of Directors. Board members meet once monthly, lead or co-lead at least one trail workday per year, serve as advocates for trail use and development, and guide the evolving vision of the organization. Previous non-profit board experience is a plus, but enthusiasm for our local trails is the primary qualification.

    Some of us are naturalists who use the trails to immerse ourselves in the beauty of our native flora and fauna, others are active hikers, runners, and cyclists; and many are all of the above. Whatever draws you outdoors and into our urban wild places, we all rely on the trails that connect our community. Please contact us if you or someone you know are interested in becoming more involved, and thank you for your support of our local trails!


    Todd Neimeier
    RTF President

  • 09 Jan 2016 9:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The City of Charlottesville will be posting a job soon for a seasonal (March-October) trail position. Interested candidates should contact Chris Gensic (, the City's Park & Trail Planner, or watch the City job board ( Candidates have to be 18 and should have some experience in trail work.
  • 30 Oct 2015 2:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Rivanna Trail was recently profiled as a featured trail by the National Recreational Trails Program. It's a great piece, describing what makes the RT a valuable part of the community.
  • 19 Oct 2015 10:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There will be some stream stabilization work starting this week (sometime between October 19 and October 23) in the vicinity of the trail segment that parallels 5th Street, behind Hardees. The trail will be detoured to stay on the 5th Street sidewalk during the work.

  • 16 Oct 2015 5:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Francis Fife, a true public servant, died this morning. He was 95. Funeral arrangements are pending.

    Francis was a remarkable man with a remarkable record of service to the community, including eight years on City Council and a term as Mayor from 1972 to 1974. He was a founder of the Charlottesville Housing Foundation and served on the Board of Piedmont Housing Alliance from PHA’s inception until his resignation this past year for health reasons. He was also a founder and President of the Rivanna Trails Foundation, and he served on the Board of Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population. He was mayor at the time of the vote to approve the Downtown Mall, though because he was a Vice President of what was then Virginia National Bank (now part of Bank of America), which had an office on the Downtown Mall, he recused himself. He was proud of an unpopular vote for scattered-site public housing. He was also proud to support the Ivy Creek Foundation, around the time that he was mayor.

    He was a gentle, humble man who will be greatly missed.

  • 18 Feb 2015 1:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rescheduled due to weather If you plan to be in Riverview Park on Wednesday, February 25, be on the alert for blasting at the existing Rivanna Pump Station located at the entrance to park (intersection of Chesapeake St. and Riverside Ave). A single blast is anticipated mid-day. Crews will be working on the 16th to drill holes in preparation for the blast.

    Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be temporarily stopped on the adjacent roads, trails, and at the park entrance in the vicinity around the pump station at the 5-minute warning horn/siren before the blast. There will be another horn/siren sounded right before the blast, and then a prolonged horn/siren following the blast when the blaster has confirmed the site is all clear and then normal traffic patterns will resume. Please note that the park will not be closed.

    Several seismographs will be set up in the Woolen Mills neighborhood to gather vibration data.  We appreciate your cooperation to adhere to all signage and personnel regarding blasting for your SAFETY!