A nice hike. We hadn't been here since the dam was raised a few years ago. (The new configuration makes the hike about 6.2 miles, with a bit more elevation gain than listed.) It was muddy in parts; then again this is January, and it has been recently raining. Signage is better if one goes clockwise: we went counterclockwise, making a couple of intersections a bit ambiguous.

Quick and enjoyable.

There is a new interactive ecosystem guide for this area at https://centerforurbanhabitats.com/rmnawebmapintro/

The city has a new trail mobile app under the Charlottesville/ParksandRec app that includes ragged mountain trails.

This is great all ages. Don’t come if your looking for a challenge or big views. Kind of boring.

Beautiful, easy access from interstate. Old signs mixed with new signs made it hard to follow. But reservoir always in sight so hard to be truly lost. I expect to keep this on my favorites list.

Not sure how one gets lost on these trails. The lake is almost always in view and the path is easy to see. I thought it was an enjoyable hike. Highly recommended for a nice moderately challenging day hike.

I went counter clockwise and was lost a few times. Almost all the markers on the west side were clockwise facing only.

I would recommend going clockwise and bringing a fully charged phone.

This was a solid hike, made more enjoyable for me because I like hiking near water.

The trail is now very well marked. I used a paper map and never had to refer to GPS.

I parked at the lower lot and went clockwise - and only saw one other person until the last mile. The trail is soft with almost no rocky areas which was nice on the feet. The elevation change was moderate. If you go up the Round Top loop towards the end you can add an 1/8 mile ascent - I recommend doing the Round Top spur.

The trail was slick in a few areas and I was happy I had my poles.

Adding the Round Top loop and a couple of other short detours the trail took just under 4 hours with 3 brief stops for snacks.

Didn't get to hike because no dogs allowed :(

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Much better than all the reviews. The trail head has maps showing extensive trail network. We walked for two hours on well marked trails. Met About 10 other hikers.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Great hike! As others said, definitely make sure your phone is charged so you can stay on the trail because it’s easy to skew off thanks to all the leaves. However, as long as you keep the reservoir in sight, it’s impossible to get lost. GPR showed a little less than 7 miles.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Trail was poorly marked, we got lost a lot. Used smart phone to help us. Very disappointed.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beautiful. Delightful. Coyotes and black snakes. But as the other reviewers said, very few markers. If you plan to do the full 7+ mile loop, be sure you have a fully charged smartphone. Most who wander the 5th mile will be lost. The "All Trails" app is very helpful. Wet weather makes for some steep difficult slopes.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Not well marked

This trail is so poorly marked, it is very easy to get lost. We had our GPS, but I would not recommend using this trail until it is more well marked. We passed another hiker, and he was turned around as well. We ended up walking 10 miles and had trouble finding the trailhead where we parked. It was getting close to dusk, so it was a little scary to make it out in time.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A nice 5+ mile loop, very close to town. The trail is not marked well, especially on the far side, but with the help of the AllTrails GPS map, I was able to make my way fairly easily. It has some hills, but nothing too difficult, and most of the trails are highly "walkable". Makes for an enjoyable 2+ hour hike/work-out.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Trails not marked very well

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Great views of the reservoir and lovely forest make this loop close to downtown Charlottesville one of the best and a surprising gem when wildflowers are blooming. Highly recommended. Also no need to hike up to Roundtop if you just want to do the loop.

Very nice.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Nice easy to moderate loop. Muddy, and all trails have not been completed but easy to find your way around. Beautifully redone since it reopened. Floating bridge is nice. Land bridge that used to be there doesn't exist anymore.

Monday, July 25, 2016

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.

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

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!

Monday, February 29, 2016

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.

trail running
Friday, January 08, 2016

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

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

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

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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.

Monday, July 22, 2013

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...

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