We stopped in Charlottesville on our way home from Skyline Drive, and wanted to find something outdoorsy to do before we moved on. We happened upon Rivanna Trails on TripAdvisor and it sounded perfect. The only drawback was FINDING the trails - it isn't like one park or one area that has trails, they go all over the town; literally. We started in Riverside Park (plenty of parking, easy to find) and went along the river, even stopping to climb down the bank and wade in a bit to cool off. It was beautiful, quiet (you'd never know you're in a city except the occasional construction noise nearby), plenty of benches for resting along the trail, lots of shade (it was HOT and the shade was perfect). We saw tons of butterflies, birds, even a snake! We passed several bikers and joggers, and everyone was polite and friendly.
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