Charlottesville, VA Trails and Maps

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Explore the best rated trails in Charlottesville, VA. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Hawksbill Greenway and Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail. With more than 8 trails covering 69 miles you’re bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

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Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

2.25 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Hawksbill Greenway

2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

High Bridge Trail

32.4 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

John W. Warner Parkway Trail

1.6 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Railroad Ford Trail

1.6 mi
State: VA
Dirt

Rivanna Trail

21.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Saunders-Monticello Trail

2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone

South River Greenway Trail

1.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

6.9 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, lies the Blue Ridge Tunnel, designed by French engineer Claudius Crozet. It was built to allow the passage of the Blue Ridge Railroad through...
VA 2.25 mi Crushed Stone
The Hawksbill Greenway is a 2-mile non-motorized pathway in the town of Luray, Virginia, two hours from Washington D.C. It extends from Linden Street in the west to the Flowering Forest in the east....
VA 2 mi Asphalt
The central feature for which the High Bridge Trail is named is an unforgettable experience, towering 125 feet above the mighty Appomattox River and nearly a half-mile (2,440 feet) across it. The...
VA 32.4 mi Crushed Stone
The enhanced bike-ped trail snakes alongside the John W. Warner Parkway for 1.6 miles, from East Rio Road down to McIntire Park. It mostly lies on the route of the old Southern Railway.  Points of...
VA 1.6 mi Asphalt
The Railroad Ford Trail is located in beautiful Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania County near Richmond, Virginia. The park boasts 2,463 acres with swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding and...
VA 1.6 mi Dirt
Spanning more than 20 miles, the Rivanna Trail surrounds Charlottesville, connecting several parks along the way and providing a recreational outdoor amenity for city dwellers. The trail has a mix of...
VA 21.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
While the Saunders-Monticello trail leads to the home of one the United States most prominent presidents, it is quickly becoming a destination in itself. It’s less than ten minutes’ drive from...
VA 2 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The South River Greenway is a 1.2 mile multi-use trail running along the South River through Waynesboro's Downtown corridor. Views along the way include those of the river, Blue Ridge Mountains,...
VA 1.2 mi Asphalt
Closure notice: The Piney River Trailhead will be closed for up to two weeks in late July. Please use the Rose Mill Trailhead parking lot during this time, although parking will be limited. This will...
VA 6.9 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

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Trails by activity

Hawksbill Greenway

VA - 2 miles

The Hawksbill Greenway is a 2-mile non-motorized pathway in the town of Luray, Virginia, two hours from Washington D.C. It extends from Linden Street in the west to the Flowering Forest in the east....

John W. Warner Parkway Trail

VA - 1.6 miles

The enhanced bike-ped trail snakes alongside the John W. Warner Parkway for 1.6 miles, from East Rio Road down to McIntire Park. It mostly lies on the route of the old Southern Railway.  Points of...

Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

VA - 2.25 miles

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, lies the Blue Ridge Tunnel, designed by French engineer Claudius Crozet. It was built to allow the passage of the Blue Ridge Railroad through...

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

VA - 6.9 miles

Closure notice: The Piney River Trailhead will be closed for up to two weeks in late July. Please use the Rose Mill Trailhead parking lot during this time, although parking will be limited. This will...

Accordion

High Bridge Trail

VA - 32.4 miles

The central feature for which the High Bridge Trail is named is an unforgettable experience, towering 125 feet above the mighty Appomattox River and nearly a half-mile (2,440 feet) across it. The...

South River Greenway Trail

VA - 1.2 miles

The South River Greenway is a 1.2 mile multi-use trail running along the South River through Waynesboro's Downtown corridor. Views along the way include those of the river, Blue Ridge Mountains,...

Rivanna Trail

VA - 21.5 miles

Spanning more than 20 miles, the Rivanna Trail surrounds Charlottesville, connecting several parks along the way and providing a recreational outdoor amenity for city dwellers. The trail has a mix of...

Saunders-Monticello Trail

VA - 2 miles

While the Saunders-Monticello trail leads to the home of one the United States most prominent presidents, it is quickly becoming a destination in itself. It’s less than ten minutes’ drive from...

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

VA - 6.9 miles

Closure notice: The Piney River Trailhead will be closed for up to two weeks in late July. Please use the Rose Mill Trailhead parking lot during this time, although parking will be limited. This will...

John W. Warner Parkway Trail

VA - 1.6 miles

The enhanced bike-ped trail snakes alongside the John W. Warner Parkway for 1.6 miles, from East Rio Road down to McIntire Park. It mostly lies on the route of the old Southern Railway.  Points of...

Rivanna Trail

VA - 21.5 miles

Spanning more than 20 miles, the Rivanna Trail surrounds Charlottesville, connecting several parks along the way and providing a recreational outdoor amenity for city dwellers. The trail has a mix of...

Railroad Ford Trail

VA - 1.6 miles

The Railroad Ford Trail is located in beautiful Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania County near Richmond, Virginia. The park boasts 2,463 acres with swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding and...

Accordion

South River Greenway Trail

VA - 1.2 miles

The South River Greenway is a 1.2 mile multi-use trail running along the South River through Waynesboro's Downtown corridor. Views along the way include those of the river, Blue Ridge Mountains,...

High Bridge Trail

VA - 32.4 miles

The central feature for which the High Bridge Trail is named is an unforgettable experience, towering 125 feet above the mighty Appomattox River and nearly a half-mile (2,440 feet) across it. The...

Hawksbill Greenway

VA - 2 miles

The Hawksbill Greenway is a 2-mile non-motorized pathway in the town of Luray, Virginia, two hours from Washington D.C. It extends from Linden Street in the west to the Flowering Forest in the east....

Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

VA - 2.25 miles

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, lies the Blue Ridge Tunnel, designed by French engineer Claudius Crozet. It was built to allow the passage of the Blue Ridge Railroad through...

Saunders-Monticello Trail

VA - 2 miles

While the Saunders-Monticello trail leads to the home of one the United States most prominent presidents, it is quickly becoming a destination in itself. It’s less than ten minutes’ drive from...

Railroad Ford Trail

VA - 1.6 miles

The Railroad Ford Trail is located in beautiful Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania County near Richmond, Virginia. The park boasts 2,463 acres with swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding and...

Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

VA - 2.25 miles

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, lies the Blue Ridge Tunnel, designed by French engineer Claudius Crozet. It was built to allow the passage of the Blue Ridge Railroad through...

Rivanna Trail

VA - 21.5 miles

Spanning more than 20 miles, the Rivanna Trail surrounds Charlottesville, connecting several parks along the way and providing a recreational outdoor amenity for city dwellers. The trail has a mix of...

High Bridge Trail

VA - 32.4 miles

The central feature for which the High Bridge Trail is named is an unforgettable experience, towering 125 feet above the mighty Appomattox River and nearly a half-mile (2,440 feet) across it. The...

Accordion

John W. Warner Parkway Trail

VA - 1.6 miles

The enhanced bike-ped trail snakes alongside the John W. Warner Parkway for 1.6 miles, from East Rio Road down to McIntire Park. It mostly lies on the route of the old Southern Railway.  Points of...

Hawksbill Greenway

VA - 2 miles

The Hawksbill Greenway is a 2-mile non-motorized pathway in the town of Luray, Virginia, two hours from Washington D.C. It extends from Linden Street in the west to the Flowering Forest in the east....

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

VA - 6.9 miles

Closure notice: The Piney River Trailhead will be closed for up to two weeks in late July. Please use the Rose Mill Trailhead parking lot during this time, although parking will be limited. This will...

South River Greenway Trail

VA - 1.2 miles

The South River Greenway is a 1.2 mile multi-use trail running along the South River through Waynesboro's Downtown corridor. Views along the way include those of the river, Blue Ridge Mountains,...

Saunders-Monticello Trail

VA - 2 miles

While the Saunders-Monticello trail leads to the home of one the United States most prominent presidents, it is quickly becoming a destination in itself. It’s less than ten minutes’ drive from...

Recent Trail Reviews

High Bridge Trail

love it

November, 2020 by tandembiker2013

Love this trail. It just get crowded on the weekend so better be early. A lot of people especially kids on the bridge so u have to really pay attention in this part.

High Bridge Trail

Fall ride 11-2020 on the High Bridge Trail

November, 2020 by wreinsel

Rode last weekend (11/7 and 11/8) and the temps were in the high seventies! Rode from the trailhead at Prospect to Pamplin and then to Farmville and back to Prospect for a 32 mile round trip. The trail is pea gravel and not as smooth as crushed limestone for sure. It's more difficult and a slower ride. Stayed at the Hampton Inn which was super clean and had contactless entry - but it was a bit over-occupied IMHO during Covid. Second day we rode from the Camp Paradise trailhead and rode the 1 mile or so to the High Bridge. Got there at 8am and spent maybe 15 minutes on the bridge watching the birds and enjoying the view. Saw maybe 3 others. Rode into Farmville and had breakfast at Walker's Diner! Super great food and could eat outside. Then we rode from Farmville to the other end of the trail which is very uneventful (just a dead end in the woods) and back to Camp Paradise for another 30 miles or so. When we got to our car at 1:30pm the lot was very full!! It was a beautiful ride but I wish it was paved! We did it on a Specialized road bike and a Trek 7.5 Hybrid.

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway

November, 2020 by tom.morgan.100

Enjoy the beauty and sounds of nature while biking along the Piney and Tye Rivers! It is one of our local trails that we ride 5 or 6 times a year. We did a YouTube video of one of our rides this year that you can find on our channel, Bent on Bike Trails.

Accordion

High Bridge Trail

High Bridge Trail

November, 2020 by tom.morgan.100

A linear Virginia State Park with a spectacular bridge, beautiful natural setting and really well maintained bike pathway! Don’t miss this great ride! You can even do a metric century if you ride both ways since the trail is 32 miles long!! 😎 We did a YouTube video of our ride that you can find on our channel, Bent on Bike Trails.

Rivanna Trail

The entire loop is walkable but only a small part can be biked. The two mile paved section along the river is good for biking. I usually just use it as a connector for a longer cycling route.

September, 2020 by jennifer.brecht

The entire loop is walkable but only a small part can be biked. The two mile paved section along the river is good for biking. I usually just use it as a connector for a longer cycling route.

John W. Warner Parkway Trail

This is a good place for new cyclists to practice or for more experienced cyclists to connect through on a longer ride. The northern section is hilly but the southern end is more or less flat-ish.

September, 2020 by jennifer.brecht

This is a good place for new cyclists to practice or for more experienced cyclists to connect through on a longer ride. The northern section is hilly but the southern end is more or less flat-ish.

High Bridge Trail

Family ride

August, 2020 by shanacbeaver

Beautiful scenery and a great trail for our bike ride. Paid $5 for parking in the state park.

High Bridge Trail

Nice easy and scenic ride. The view from the bridge is beautiful and picturesque. Plenty of shade over the trail.

August, 2020 by tejthull

Nice easy and scenic ride. The view from the bridge is beautiful and picturesque. Plenty of shade over the trail.

Hawksbill Greenway

I enjoyed riding here with my family. A little crowded but if I went earlier in the morning I am sure that would have been better.

July, 2020 by tylerweaver662

I enjoyed riding here with my family. A little crowded but if I went earlier in the morning I am sure that would have been better.

Saunders-Monticello Trail

absolutely beautiful

July, 2020 by jjustine

The trail is great. Hard packed gravel or boardwalks take you from the parking area to the Monticello visitor center. There are 10 stunning wood boardwalks that take you along this tree lined path. It is a slight uphill all the way up - but then it’s a refreshing downhill back again. There are bathrooms and a small cafe at the Monticello visitor center as well.

South River Greenway Trail

paved trail perfect for short activities

July, 2020 by vabss

We have been on this trail too many times to count. Perfect for walking, jogging, scooting for kids, or a short bike ride. If you are biking, you can create a loop with the wide, lightly trafficked downtown roads of Waynesboro (we come back to the trail on Short street to avoid the main downtown road which is more narrow). There are benches, dog bag stations, and a newly installed bike repair station on this trail. I can’t wait until they finish the remaining phases and it is longer. Probably not worth a long drive (yet) but if you are in the area it is lovely. Stay in town and visit a brewery or local eatery downtown.

Rivanna Trail

great walking - short biking.

July, 2020 by jjustine

If you start at riverside park, it’s a nice 2-2.5 mile ride before it goes dense and dark. If you have a MTB you’d be fine or if you’re looking to hike, again - great. We also tried the start point next to the Fontaine research center and it’s good for MTB.

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