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 10 trails covering 70 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

Coal Tower Trail

0.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Hawksbill Greenway

2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

High Bridge Trail State Park

31.4 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
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
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 Coal Tower Trail is an 8-10-foot wide path adjacent to Water Street connecting downtown Charlottesville to Carlton Road and the Meade Avenue Trail. The tree-lined path also parallels an active...
VA 0.5 mi Asphalt
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 State Park is named is an unforgettable experience, towering 125 feet above the mighty Appomattox River and nearly a half-mile (2,440 feet) across...
VA 31.4 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: Starting in August 2020 and continuing as of January 2021, the Piney River Trailhead will be subject to ongoing closures due to nearby environmental cleanup work. Please use the Rose...
VA 6.9 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

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Trails by activity

Coal Tower Trail

VA - 0.5 miles

The Coal Tower Trail is an 8-10-foot wide path adjacent to Water Street connecting downtown Charlottesville to Carlton Road and the Meade Avenue Trail. The tree-lined path also parallels an active...

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 State Park

VA - 31.4 miles

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

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,...

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...

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

VA - 6.9 miles

Closure notice: Starting in August 2020 and continuing as of January 2021, the Piney River Trailhead will be subject to ongoing closures due to nearby environmental cleanup work. Please use the Rose...

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...

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....

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: Starting in August 2020 and continuing as of January 2021, the Piney River Trailhead will be subject to ongoing closures due to nearby environmental cleanup work. Please use the Rose...

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,...

Accordion

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...

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...

High Bridge Trail State Park

VA - 31.4 miles

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

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...

Coal Tower Trail

VA - 0.5 miles

The Coal Tower Trail is an 8-10-foot wide path adjacent to Water Street connecting downtown Charlottesville to Carlton Road and the Meade Avenue Trail. The tree-lined path also parallels an active...

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

VA - 6.9 miles

Closure notice: Starting in August 2020 and continuing as of January 2021, the Piney River Trailhead will be subject to ongoing closures due to nearby environmental cleanup work. Please use the Rose...

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...

High Bridge Trail State Park

VA - 31.4 miles

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

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...

Accordion

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...

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...

Coal Tower Trail

VA - 0.5 miles

The Coal Tower Trail is an 8-10-foot wide path adjacent to Water Street connecting downtown Charlottesville to Carlton Road and the Meade Avenue Trail. The tree-lined path also parallels an active...

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,...

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...

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....

Recent Trail Reviews

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Worthwhile historical Railway Trail Experience - Bike, Hike or Run (6.5+ One Way)

September, 2021 by neschultz3

Checked out trail while in the area with our single speed fatties and throughly enjoyed the Ride. Access to the trail is limited to the Piney River and Rose Mill trailheads and not the far western end point. Getting to the end point from Piney River was a smooth roll that goes along and across the River. Very nice bridges and shaded hard-packed surfaces. Trail was frequented by more runners than cyclists during the Saturday morning I was there. Nice place for a long run. Everyone knew to move the right and we pedaled single file. Didn't see any horses, but that could have been entirely possible.
Discovered many interesting historical events about the area and why this was built. This place is a gem. Short, sweet and easy 75 minute ride for the wife and I. Slightly off the beaten path. I'd stop there again.

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Worthwhile historical Railway Trail Experience - Bike, Hike or Run (6.5+ One Way)

September, 2021 by neschultz3

Checked out trail while in the area with our single speed fatties and throughly enjoyed the Ride. Access to the trail is limited to the Piney River and Rose Mill trailheads and not the far western end point. Getting to the end point from Piney River was a smooth roll that goes along and across the River. Very nice bridges and shaded hard-packed surfaces. Trail was frequented by more runners than cyclists during the Saturday morning I was there. Nice place for a long run. Everyone knew to move the right and we pedaled single file. Didn't see any horses, but that could have been entirely possible.
Discovered many interesting historical events about the area and why this was built. This place is a gem. Short, sweet and easy 75 minute ride for the wife and I. Slightly off the beaten path. I'd stop there again.

Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

Did not enjoy the biking experience.

September, 2021 by shcavan

Trail would be very nice for walking.

Accordion

Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

Awesome trail for pets

September, 2021 by hftxnqd576

My family and I took our Husky with us and all had an enjoyable day. The entire trail is very well maintained. The inside of the tunnel is extremely nice but the sides do tend to get washed out from the water. Be sure to stay close to the center to avoid slipping and falling. We took headlamps and it made the trek easy.

John W. Warner Parkway Trail

Well paved, not a lot of signage. Good parking. You have have cross traffic quite a bit which wasn't great for my ride..

September, 2021 by jmunzing

Well paved, not a lot of signage. Good parking. You have have cross traffic quite a bit which wasn't great for my ride..

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

great family trail ride

August, 2021 by tom.joy

Rode part of this trail with the grands on Sunday. There have been great improvements! Especially the restroom at the Rose Mill parking area - running water and flush toilet! There had been areas in the first few miles that would wash out after a rain and these have all been fixed!!

Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

What at amazing tunnel. High ceilings very clean. Bring flashlight with you

August, 2021 by anisa.dominguez

What at amazing tunnel. High ceilings very clean. Bring flashlight with you

High Bridge Trail State Park

Well Maintained

August, 2021 by danaprn

We took our e-bikes last week (Aug ‘21) and it wasn’t crowded at all. Rode from Farmville over the bridge and to one end. It ends quite abruptly. I would have given 5 stars if the amenities on the trail spurs would have been identified on signs. We will definitely return to bike the other half and back (30 miles). Great free parking, too!

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Good Ride

August, 2021 by n8shaw

Very nice trail. Only the first few hundred feet are paved and then it turns to crushed stone. Very level, for the most part, with small inclines and declines. There is one bridge where the boards are laid sideways at an angle that is very bumpy, but otherwise the trail is very smooth. The only complaint I have is that, while there are numerous benches and places to take a rest, there are only a couple that provide good river access, especially from mile 3 to the end.

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Great trail for families

July, 2021 by jcasaregola

Great trail for families as it is very flat, has pretty scenery plus a covered bridge and an old railcar at the start. Decent parking at the beginning of trail. Trail seemed well maintained.

High Bridge Trail State Park

High Bridge Adventure

June, 2021 by sandymo

We took our tandem 29er out and back both ways from Farmville. As others have said, the main attraction is the High Bridge, and its great. The trail is very well maintained and has plenty of bathrooms along the way...but as others have said, not a lot of places to get water. Make sure you have plenty, especially on these 90° days. Much of the trail is shaded so that’s a plus. Except for the bridge, it’s probably not a destination trail yet as there’s not much in the way of places to stop along the trail. Still, it’s a great place to get some miles. Some have mentioned the crowds but we saw none of that on a Sunday.

Saunders-Monticello Trail

beautiful !

April, 2021 by destiny498

Found this trail while scrolling for new places with nice scenery and this was definitely it ! I loved the smell of flowers as you walk by the trees and flower bushes. Will say it can be a bit confusing if you go off a bit off the trail that leads directly to the Monticello visitors area due to the lack of signs, so It’s best to use this app to help with the map, However, it was still great seeing all the greenery. Also the boardwalk views are amazing, highly recommend this trail, will be returning soon.

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