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Very nice, well-maintained trail. I find it beautiful and peaceful.

trail running
1 day ago

Very easy trail around a lake. Plenty of ppl, dogs, and even stroller traffic. The path is wide and allows for you to get around people if needed.

This trail is breathtaking. We did it on a cool, drizzly day and it was still tons of fun. Highly recommend dropping your party at Whitetop, driving to Damascus and then taking the shuttle back to Whitetop before starting down as the shuttles tend to stop in the early afternoon. Hubs did the trip on his road bike and doesn’t recommend it unless you’re an extremely experienced cyclist.

Also, if you’re considering doing it in less than ideal weather I’d caution anyone who isn’t absolutely confident on their bike. There are spots of mud that get slick and the bridges are extremely slick when wet.

very steep steps! the trails' main purpose seems to be to just get from the visitors center to the beach. in the direction the stairs are going down. unless you really want a stair workout (135 steps!) it's not really worth it just got the sake of a hike. I did enjoy the workout, though

Beautiful hike..very peaceful!!

Good place, small parking lot, lot of history nice for small hiking

hiking
2 days ago

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.

trail running
4 days ago

Good spot for weekday a.m. running. Trail could be a little better marked on the north loop.

trail running
5 days ago

This was nice for a challenging and quiet run with only a couple other people using the trails. I ran it counterclockwise meaning that the views were all within the first couple miles. I’d do it in reverse next time. Trail is varied from non technical fire road to some very technical single track. The two overlooks are beautiful, and the trail is generally a mixture of serene woods and open meadows that keep the run fresh and interesting. If you’re feeling more, add the Snowden loop for an extra 3/4 of a mile or so. I’d happily run this trail again!

great scenery, loop is perfect for a nature walk

This trail (plus the rest of the park) would have been much more fun on a hybrid or mountain bike. Most of it is on roads. (Or equestrian trails)

on Osmanthus Trail

7 days ago

Good trail . Pretty sandy and there are a lot of bugs

Beautiful trail and beautiful waterfall. Peaceful.

Nice trail fits all purpose and all ages. Fatanstic view and many suprises if you like to explore.

great trail!

Completely misleading and non existant hike. Ruined our entire day driving out here for a hike that doesn't exist. This hike needs to be deleted from the site and the person who created it needs to be banned from the community before they ruin anyone else's weekend.

Loved the side trails. Beautiful! Went on a weekday and there were few people.

I'll echo Chris Bigelow's review. It is a bit steeper than you think so be aware. Nice view from the top. The pic at the top of this page is a good preview. We took Piedmont Overlook up and northridge back down

Great combination of woods, hills and meadows.

walking
9 days ago

A nice easy loop around the lake.

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.

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike and varied conditions. While it’s true that the first two miles are a fairly unrelenting uphill slope, it’s gradual enough to be manageable. The woodland brooks were a great surprise, as were the beautiful views. This trail got me and my son hooked on hiking!

I run here all the time. Great trail that’s mostly flat and wide enough for multiple people. Perfect family trail and the marina has a carousel and mini golf in the summer.

This is another trail we've done since our children were young and now are in their late teens and one in his early 20's they all still love it as do we. Beautiful views, rocks to climb on, wild ponies, and several trails to choose from once you are up there. We enjoy the Mt. Rogers hike, but bring sturdy shoes!

hiking
12 days ago

Nice easy trail along the creek. Difficult if you want to run it because of roots. Well worth it. But not marked real well.(blaze)

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