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“'Getting with Nature'”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Rivanna Trails

Rivanna Trails
Western Ireland, Ireland
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251 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“'Getting with Nature'”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

Good trail, along the Rivanna River, I have walked this trail, w/friends, year round, beautiful views of the river. FYI> Pay attention to your surroundings. insect spray, a hat, sunblock, check for ticks.

Visited May 2014
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Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
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36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Don't miss the trails!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

Rivanna Trails is a unique system of trails around the circumference of Charlottesville. Some trails cross private property with the owner's permission. It's a lovely way to see parts of town otherwise not viewable from a car. Some have unique ways of crossing streams. If you are a nature lover, you will enjoy doing at least one or two of the sections. Here is a map:

http://www.rivannatrails.org/Default.aspx?pageId=952656

Visited May 2014
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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467 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Quite, peaceful. respite for an afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

. Trees, the Rivanna is so peaceful. Nice trail. What more can you ask? and just a short distance from downtown. Lots of birds. Been on the trail Spring, Summer and Fall

Visited October 2013
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Not Very Connected, But Some Nice Stretches”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

In my opinion, the best part of the Rivanna Trail is the section by the circular turnaround in the Belvedere development.

Visited June 2013
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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137 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Walkers and Joggers Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

My wife and I are regular users of this gem of a trail not far from the historic center of Charlottesville. I can understand the negative points made by some other Trip Advisor reviewers, mostly cyclists. It is a bit short and narrow for cyclists and, with all the foot traffic (humans and dogs) on it many times of the day, it is not the ideal spot for a bike ride.

However, the four-mile round-trip is wonderful for walkers and joggers. Most of the trail is in the shade and all of it runs along the Rivanna River. The trail is now well-marked with 1/4 mile markers. Community service officer Arnette regularly patrols the trail; his presence as well as the fairly heavy use during daytime hours gives trail users a feeling of security. Officer Arnette is also good about insuring dog walkers have their pets on a leash.

Many reviewers (especially visitors to Charlottesville) mention the trail is hard to find. Let me help. First, the map on Trip Advisor (in July 2013) directs you to the WRONG side of the river. To find the trail and a place to park, do one of these two things:

1. Put this address into your GPS: 1538 E High St Charlottesville, VA 22902. It will take you to Cosner's Body Shop. It has a huge parking lot and many trail users go to the back of that lot and park right next to the trail. You can go in either direction from this point on the trail.

2. Put Riverview Park in your GPS. It's at the end of Chesapeake Street (try that if Riverview Park doesn't map). All of these locations are within the city limits of Charlottesville. Riverview Park also has plenty of parking, a port-o-potty, and a picnic bench. The Park also has a jungle gym and other fun things for kids.

The trail has some marked trees and plenty of friendly wildlife. At times, you'll see deer, rabbits, squirrels, turtles, frogs, toads, and snakes. The most common animals, though, are the dogs and their owners. Please keep your dogs on their leashes....and pick up after they do their business. Biodegradable bags for your dog's poop are available at the trailhead in Riverview Park.

Enjoy this treasure but leave it no worse than how you found it.

Visited July 2013
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