Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Charlottesville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

16 days ago

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! (:

It was more of a walking trail then a hike and the trial was very overgrown.

A nice and easy trail for running. What most interested me were some of the side trails. The Jason Stevens trail is super steep but I don’t know how far it goes. I stopped after awhile. But I want to research it more. There also seemed to be some unnamed trails off of Carter’s Overlook. More to explore later.

What a magical location.

It is a gentle uphill trail from the parking lot to the visitors center. The crushed limestone is great for jogging strollers. Very well maintained. If you are visiting Montecello, you can also skip the shuttle and continue your hike to the summit.

The best trail.

2 months ago

Great little trail...easy and mostly flat. Perfect trail for a baby stroller

A couple trees have fallen across trail, but in good shape. Gets narrow at top, and a good test for beginners!

Great trail and stroller friendly!

trail running
2 months ago

This was the perfect out-and-back trail run to start my day. I started at the parking lot at Kemper Park, so the trail ran uphill to Monticello but the incline was gradual. The flowering trees were at their peak today—lots of redbuds, dogwoods, and cherries in bloom, with the very first green leaves from the maples, oaks, and ash starting to show. Just gorgeous! The trail was well-maintained and not too crowded. I will definitely go back next time I’m visiting Charlottesville.

I love this trail. I try to do it about once a week. I wouldn’t say it’s challenging at all but it very pretty and peaceful. The boardwalks are well maintained and it almost always has some light foot traffic so it feels very safe

Lovely, kid friendly path that ends at Monticello. No dogs on the board walk, but there are a few trails that branch off.

8 months ago

It is a very easy trail. The down side is you cant fish that awesome pond that is full of fish. lots of rich history and plenty to do.

10 months ago

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!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

This is normally a go-to lovely and easy trail, but due to storm damage, it has been blocked off to pedestrians right before the mile mark, if you're coming from the parking lot off 53. I will update when it's been opened again!

ETA: it’s currently open

trail running
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Pretty fun but no views up top.

Wednesday, February 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.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pretty trail parking sucks on a nice day

Monday, February 06, 2017


Sunday, November 06, 2016

Pretty. Slight uphill grade. Very easy, but...very busy, constant traffic noise. More of a afternoon walk instead of treadmill

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Nice trail into the woods, not a harsh incline (my husband had back surgery and managed well). The signs at the beginning of the trail are miss leading! States dogs must be on a leash, then 1 mile later as you approach the wooden bridge/path, big signs says no dogs beyond this point! We were naughty and proceeded on as we were encouraged by some locals that said they bring their dogs all the time. Got a few dirty looks later on our walk...that put a damper on our walk.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

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

Monday, September 12, 2016

I started at Kemper Park area entering the woods to the right of the parking area. No true markings and trails criss cross many times, so I just explored. The trails are hard pack with a few areas of rock gardens. A decent amount of uphill, but not steep or too difficult. My tracker stated 6.5 miles of woods. I then came out on the Monticello trail and walked 4 miles ( in and out) of flat crushed stone/ wood bridges to the welcome center. Overall a relatively easy hike with very few people in the woods and much more traffic on the easy trail.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

beautiful path with many paths off the trail. main path is gravel and slightly busy.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Nice trail with lots of side hikes off the main trail. Very busy though.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Some of the offshoots on the trail lead to really pretty spots! We will definitely be back to explore more.

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