Rivanna River Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Charlottesville, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 91 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

fishing

nature trips

road biking

walking

running

forest

paved

river

views

wild flowers

hiking
4 days ago

Nothing special about this trail. If you need a convenient trail to get some movement in your day this is a good one to try. Not challenging in any way other than the distance covered. Great for families with kids and strollers. Somewhat busy as far as foot traffic. All in all a good easy trail to get your steps in

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muddy
8 days ago

Trail was ok, A lot of trash. Very overcrowded when I went.

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2 months ago

My boyfriend, who is new to hiking, and I hiked the section starting from Greenbriar Park along Meadow Creek to about Emmett Street before hopping off and walking home in the city. Everything was well-maintained and clearly marked. Good urban trail that's a mix of paved and dirt sections. I highly recommend exploring the Rivanna Trails Foundation site for more info.

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5 months ago

It was actually an ugly trail. Not scenic at all. People had a lot of dogs out and didn’t clean up after them. It was noisy. The River was pretty, but the trail was very overgrown, trash bins were overflowing and the buildings on the outside of the paved trail had a lot of trash, old vehicles and junk in their yards. Find another trail if you want serenity and nature.

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no shade
9 months ago

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9 months ago

nice walking trail. easy walking with dog. trail head is actually at the park but gps directions take you to the other end of the out and back. parking much easier at Park where trail begins

hiking
9 months ago

So relaxing and accessible from the city

hiking
Tue Mar 19 2019

Good for stroller as its paved. but its a bit short. I should have kept walking up towards the Lewis&Clark play area.

hiking
Tue Feb 26 2019

Easy and lovely for anyone.

walking
Sat Jan 26 2019

Awesome walk/hike. Really fun place for kids to play and find small adventures along the river. You can stay on the paved path or mess around in the bamboo or river's edge if you want. Dog Friendly.

Sat Oct 06 2018

This is a good paved urban trail the follows the thick overgrown tundra along a creek/river. An out and back loop. Stop by the veterans memorial at the entrance of the park. Parking is in front of the VFD located by the flashing lights.

walking
Sat Sep 08 2018

This was more of a greenway than a trail. It is paved and goes through the city. It isn’t well marked so it was hard to find. Agree with parking at the VFW and cutting through the back to get to the trail. It is also wicked overgrown so you can’t really see the river. They need to go through and probably just burn it and let the vegetation start over.

walking
Fri Jul 06 2018

We walked our dog here on the Fourth of July. Trail wasn’t too busy and our dog had a lot of fun. We parked in the neighborhood and had a sort of hike along the water in the sand before we made it to the pathed path. Really fun! (:

walking
Sun Sep 03 2017

Great little walk! If you take Barry Fleming's advice and park at the VFW you'll go down a little trail with a Rugby field at the bottom. If you were to take a left at this point, there's a beautiful section of the trail that is unpaved with gorgeous views of the river (prettier than anything you'd see on the paved part, IMHO). Unfortunately, the trail/hiking part ends after roughly a half mile. There is an option to follow signs to continue the hike (and we followed them up a hill, and along a barbed wire fence), but lost sight of the trail upon entering a residential neighborhood, and turned around). All around, great little journey for beginners! My wife and I were able to do this with 4 kids aged 2-8!

Wed Feb 22 2017

Scenic peaceful 4.2 mile walk. Southern section prettier than the northern. We started north end and had trouble finding access as we saw no signs. Directions on here took us couple hundred yards too far north into a residential neighborhood. Park at the VFW as you can access trail from either end of parking lot via athletic field. All paved and flat.

walking
Wed Oct 05 2016

Not bad for an in town scenic walk along the river.

Tue Jul 19 2016

One of my favorites for a nice easy trek without having to leave town.

hiking
Sat Jan 02 2016

Varied terrain for hiking and trail running. Saw a mountain biker enjoying the trail as well.

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