Trails


Following a list of some trails that we often have group runs on. Click on the name to find out more details, reports and pictures below.

If you are interested in mileage or just want to make up your own runs, this AT distance calculator is a good resource too:
http://widgo.com/trail/#

You can find other nice reviews of trails here: http://virginiatrailguide.com/trail-index/

We are currently working on this page to add some more detailed information to the trails and expand the list.
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#NameDistanceTrailsElevation gainApprox. timeTechnicality (1-5)
1 Sugar Hollow Loop 20 mi Northfork Moormans River Trail,Appalachian Trail 3,900 ft 5 hr 3
2 Tour de RT 19.8 mi Rivanna Trail 1,163 ft 3-5 hrs 2
3 Walnut Creek 10 mi Outer perimeter loop (Blue Trail->Orange Trail->Blue Trail->Red Trail->Green Trail->Yellow Trail) 1,854 ft 2-3 hrs 2
4 O-Hell 5.5 mi Rivanna Trail
Trailmap OHell
1,500 ft 1.5 hrs 3
5 Rockfish Gap North #1 24 mi Appalachian Trail (Rockfish Gap to Turk Branch Gap) 5,280 ft 4.5 - 6 hrs 3
6 Secluded Farm Trails 6 mi Monticello-Saunders Trail, Secluded Farm Trails (Carter Mountain)
TRAILMAP
1245 ft 1 hr 2
7 Rockfish Gap South 18 mi Appalachian Trail and side trails (Rockfish Gap to Humpback Rocks) Elevation gain 4 -5 hrs 3
8 RRRR - Rebeccas Rivanna River Run ~ 7mi Rivanna Trail 241 ft 1.15 hrs 2
9 RipRap/Wildcat Loop 19 mi AT ~3,788 feet 4-5 hrs 3
10 Western Abermarle Gravel Roads Run 24 mi Gravel Roads
MAP: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=4487682
~2,400 feet 4 hrs 1
11 Ridge Rd/Decca Ln ~12 mi Gravel Roads
MAP: Garmin Data
~1,038 feet 2 hrs 1
12 Sugar Hollow to Loft Mountain 26 mi Appalachian Trail
Garmin data
~3,740 feet ~5 hrs 3
13 Priest/Three Ridges 24 mi Appalachian Trail, Mau Har Trail ~8232ft ~7 hrs 4
14 Observatory Hill: Large Perimeter Loop 4 mi Rivanna Trail & spur trails ~934ft ~45 min 3




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1) Sugar Hollow Loop
Description:
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Directions: GPS: 38.139512,-78.750076
From Charlottesville:
Take Barracks Rd/Garth Rd out to Whitehall (about 9 miles past Foxfield). Drive through White Hall and continue STRAIGHT at the Piedmont Store. DO NOT FOLLOW Rte 810, which curves to the right. The road you go straight on at the store becomes Sugar Hollow Rd. Go about 5 miles on this road, crossing over three bridges (this is the famous and fast Three Bridges Marathon course), and climb up the hill to the reservoir dam. Continue straight at the dam as the road turns to gravel. Continue on this gravel road past the reservoir to the large parking area, about 1.5 miles.

From I-64 (coming East or West):
From I-64, take exit 107 for US-250 toward Crozet/Yancey Mills. Turn left onto US-250 E/Rockfish Gap Turnpike, follow 1.6 miles. Turn left onto VA-240 E/Crozet Ave. Continue to follow Crozet Ave for 2.4 miles. Crozet Ave turns slightly right and becomes Buck Rd/Co Rd 810/White Hall Rd. Follow Whitehall/810 for 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Browns Gap Turnpike/Co Rd 614/Co Rd 810. Continue STRAIGHT on 614 at the Piedmont Store. DO NOT FOLLOW Rte 810 any further as it curves to the right. The road you go straight on at the store becomes Sugar Hollow Rd. Go about 5 miles on this road, crossing over three bridges (this is the famous and fast Three Bridges Marathon course), and climb up the hill to the reservoir dam. Continue straight at the dam as the road turns to gravel. Continue on this gravel road past the reservoir to the large parking area, about 1.5 miles. If you're going on I-64 West (coming from Richmond or Cville), you take a Right onto US 250 when you get off the exit 107 ramp.
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2) Tour de RT
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3) Walnut Creek
Description: SIZE
480 land acres, 45 water acres and 2 beach acres

HOURS
Parks are generally open for daylight hours all year. Specific hours for each park are posted at park entrance.

SWIMMING
Daily 11:00am to 7:00pm (from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day, except on the days when Albemarle County Schools are in session).

CANOE RENTAL
Fee: $5.00/hour (from Memorial Day weekend thru the summer swim season)

FISHING
Walnut Creek is stocked with sunfish, channel catfish and largemouth bass. A Virginia State Fishing License is required. All bass 12 to 15 inches must be released immediately. Five bass per day limit, only one of which may be greater than 18 inches. All Other State Regulations Apply. Click here for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

BIKE TRAILS
15 miles of trails for biking, hiking, or running. Click here for the Walnut Creek Trail Map.

DISC GOLF
18 hole disc golf course, Click here for Disc Golf Course Map and more information.

BOATING
U.S. Coast Guard-approved boats and crafts welcome. Gasoline-powered motors prohibited. Electric motors are allowed.

AMENITIES
4 tables scattered throughout the park; picnic shelter #1 is not available during swimming season and has electricity, but no grill; picnic shelter #2 is available all year and has a grill, but no electricity. Both shelters have a seating capacity of 42; seasonal restrooms are available.

Trailmap(s): Official Trailmap
Directions: Take Route 29 South; Turn left onto Route 708 (Red Hill Road); Turn right onto Route 631 (Old Lynchburg Road); The park is 1/2 mile on the left. Type in your address below to map directions to Walnut Creek Park.
ADDRESS
4250 Walnut Creek Park Road, North Garden, VA 22959
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4) O-Hell
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5) Rockfish Gap North #1
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6) Secluded Farm Trails
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7) Rockfish Gap South
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8) Rebecca's Rivanna River Run
Description: A trail that you can catch on the Pantops side of Free Bridge near the Shell Station. It follows the opposite side of the Rivanna River from the paved section of the Rivanna Trail. This is some great singletrack with very little elevation change, quite scenic. The mileage starts at my house and it takes me about 1.2 to get to the start of this "new" trail making it about a 4.8 out and back section once on trail.
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Directions: Trailhead is on the Pantops side of Free Bridge near the Shell Station. You should see a trail marker from the Shell station parking lot when looking towards the river.
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9) RipRap/Wildcat Loop
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10) Western Albermarle Gravel Road Run
Description: A nice tour some gravel roads in western Albemarle County. Smaller loops on these roads would make for a nice weeknight training run.

Starting out at the Victory Hill Church of God off of US 250 at the Crozet exit of I-64. Heading east, the road quickly turns to gravel as we encounter the first hill of the day. I knew we were in for rolling hills all day long, but as soon as we got to the first one, we knew we were in for a hard day of running. The first 2/3 of the run are nicely shaded by trees lining the road. Occasionally the view would open up as we passed by a field to spectacular views of the Blue Ridge. At any given time we could see from south of Humpback Mountain to well north of Calf Mountain and Jarman Gap.

Turning onto (the popular with runners) Dick Woods Road, we quickly picked up a pair of four legged running companions. Hoping they'd turn around after a few house, we kept running with our new canine friends in tow. Well, a couple of houses soon turned into several miles miles. Our golden retriever friend latched onto a couple walking in the other direction (that had managed to pick up a traveling canine friend of their own), but the Boxer wouldn't let us out of her sight. As we ran up and down White Mountain Road, the conversation turned to who was going to have a new playmate for their dog at home. Let me tell you, this was one fit Boxer. She kept up with us for 12.5 miles only stopping for water twice. Now before you accuse us of dog napping, we flagged down several cars and stopped at an Episcopal church to ask for help in getting "Buddy" back to her home. Our plan became to make it with her into Batesville where hopefully some one at the Store would be at least king enough to watch her until we got back to the car and could drive her home. She turned out to be a good running companion only causing trouble on the paved sections of Batesville and Craigs Store roads where we'd have to shoo her out of the way of on coming cars (the leash we fashioned for her out of twine didn't last very long).

As we rounded the corner and walked across the one lane bridge into Batesville and made our way towards the Police car managing traffic for the Batesville Day Parade, a guy with a Golden Retriever calls out, "there's my dog." So that concludes Buddy's story, but our run was still 8 miles from being done. We stopped in the Batesville Store, to refuel (lemonade and ginger snaps for me) but didn't stick around for the parade or "Legendary Folk Singer Rusty Speidel." The next part of the run was more exposed to the sun as it took us behind the Miller School on a nice long leg-stretching downhill on Pounding Creek Road. With every downhill comes and uphill and we had several more rolling hills before topping out on Midway Road. One last drop down to a stream, almost getting bitten by a not-so-friendly dog, and back up again, the gravel turned back to pavement and we were back at the car.

A good day in country side. A short drive from Charlottesville and miles and miles of low/no traffic rolling unpaved country roads.

The details:
24 miles / 2400' of climbing / 19.5 miles of gravel road
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11) Ridge Rd/Decca Ln
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12) Sugar Hollow to Loft Mountain
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13) Priest/Three Ridges
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14) Observatory Hill Perimeter Loop
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