Explore the most popular walking 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.

Great trail been using it since it opened. Well kept and safe, marked every 1/4 mile

Easy stroll. Pretty and pastoral.

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.

walking
1 month 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! (:

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.

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.

Very well marked, very pleasant, loved this hike and would definitely go again.

The best trail.

hiking
3 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
3 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 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.

trail is clearly marked, nice for a short, day hike. would definitely go again!

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

The trails are so well marked, it’s easy to combine for extra mileage, and fun to remember your color order(red,blue,red,purple, red, orange etc) nothing particularly challenging but it’s neat to see how different the vegetation can be on the different trails.

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

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

Trail running is prohibited at Ivy Creek. There are bird watching classes and kids programs. Trails are many and easily combined for a wide range of experience. Only limit is about 600 feet of elevation.

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.

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.

hiking
9 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.

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

walking
11 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!

walking
11 months ago

Nice shady trail - good hike during heat of summer.

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

My daughter and I hiked the red and dark purple peninsula trail as well as parts of the blue and light purple trails. We saw a fawn on the edge of North Field and a doe in the water on the red trail. We also saw 2 big black rat snakes as well as a Great Blue Heron, mallards and Canadian Geese. It was hot so I was surprised to see so much wildlife during the heat of the afternoon. Loved it here and will return.

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

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