Ragged Mountain Natural Area Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews

Ragged Mountain Natural Area Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Charlottesville, VA and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.3 miles 1363 feet Loop

dog friendly


Ragged Mountain Natural Area Trails is a 5.9 mile loop trail located near Charlottesville, Virginia and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

1 month ago

4 months ago

I hiked a complete loop included the Round Top and the trails on the far side of the floating bridge on this Ragged Mountain Nature Area. The trails on the far side are not yet complete so they are rough and some are non existing, but I was able to hike and completed the loop in three and a half hour for a total distance of 7.3 miles and elevation of 1099 ft. I felt good after I complete the loop but it was quite challenging.

5 months ago

Have not hiked it. Posting because this is an inaccurate description. TRAIL IS NOT DOG FRIENDLY ACCORDING TO CITY WEBSITE.

8 months ago

A nice trail, although incomplete. If you take the shorter route along the south of the lake, you can get to a spit that has some nice rocks for bouldering. This trail is challenging, and it may become one of my favorites once the loop is complete!

9 months ago

The loop for this trail is not quite complete and some of the trails are not sufficiently marked. However, this is a nice hiking trail with lovely scenery and good elevation changes. Round Top trail is 919 feet and puts the heart to good use. We hiked in February and there were very few others on the trail so it was very quiet. We loved the wood carving totems that we came across as you get further into the hike. Fun.

9 months ago

trail running
10 months ago

incomplete trail loop, currently 'out and back' but it does connect with the boar head trail. Fall leaves over rocks in trail are a hazard for trail running

1 year ago

A nice hike, not too crowded and not too difficult. Really pleasant in light rain if you dress appropriately for the weather.

2 years ago

The trail system is still closed due to a huge rebuilding of the reservoir. Looks like a beautiful area once the construction is done. 3 stars due to being closed for now.

3 years ago

I just tried to hike this trail, and it turns out its closed for the next year at least due to construction. Zero stars for a trail that you can't hike...

5 years ago

Great hike. I think the official length is 5.5 miles but I believe it has to be further. I like how close it is to town. It's so easy to do a 5+ mile hike since it's within city limits.

5 years ago

Terrible hike. Trail is not well marked after a few miles. Also it is not well maintained. There are a few mushy river crossings that had deteriorated significantly. I fell and hurt myself.