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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 if you have suggestions for news we ought to cover.

  • 27 Oct 2013 5:36 PM | Anonymous member
    "Fun" is the best word to describe watching nine enthusiastic Phi Gamma Deltas attack the challenge of rebuilding our rock hop in Moore's Creek today. Having communicated well with us before they came, they knew exactly what they were facing: frigid creek water up to their knees, an end goal without a prescribed execution plan, and dozens of large rocks to move. The men assessed the situation, made a plan, began implementation, and inspired each other with cooperation, competition, cajoling, puns, quotations from literature and movies, and a little splashing. During construction they were visited by four dogs, four runners, an extended family with two little stick-yielding boys ["When we grow up, can we play in the cold stream, too?"], and three men on mountain bikes. The Rivanna Trail is a well-used treasure, the RTF could not keep it open without the help of volunteers, and everyone appreciates the work of these young men from UVa.
  • 12 Oct 2013 6:06 PM | Anonymous member
    Look for our new trailhead on Avon Street. From Jordan Park, follow the Rivanna Trail DOWNstream, go UNDER the Avon Street bridge, and follow the new side-cut (benched) trail up to street level. If you want to continue on the trail toward Quarry Park, turn left at the street and walk south along Avon Street, cross the bridge, and turn left into the pine trees to pick up the rustic trail again.

    Have a look at today's terrific volunteers who ignored the drizzle and cut in this new trail. Thank you, young workers and adult mentors. It was a great day on the trail.
  • 16 Sep 2013 1:06 PM | Anonymous member

    Sept. 14th 2nd Sat. Work Party Report - On a beautiful morning for trail work, and being outside generally, the Rivanna Trails Foundation was honored to have more than 30 volunteers dedicate their morning (and some early afternoon) to improving trail conditions. Our primary effort was going to be between the RTF shed (on Morton Drive) and Brandywine Rd, but with so many volunteers, we actually had a group working between Barracks and Leonard Sandridge as well. Many thanks to David Stackhouse of the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC) for leading this group in trimming back the summer growth and improving some of the rocky sections. The group that worked closer to the shed was focused on digging trenches to encourage better drainage and less mud, and trail users will see evidence of this in numerous spots along the trail.

    The RTF would like to thank all the volunteers for coming out this morning, including the University of Virginia's Phi Sigma Pi, Mens and Womens club cross country teams, and Project Serve.

    In addition to the above fantastic turnout of volunteers, Kristen Rabourdin of Whole Foods organized a Kids Stewardship Day on the Trail [with free apples before and healthy make-your-own lunches after!].  From the store, we led nine hard little workers and their parents under the Hydraulic Road underpass to overgrown trail where they clipped and tossed and totally cleared thick vegetation all the way to the 250 Bypass. Thank you, Whole Foods for being a great trail neighbor and supporter!

  • 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.