The Rivanna Trail is a 20-mile rustic "urban wilderness" hiking trail built and maintained by volunteers that encircles the City of Charlottesville. The Trail meanders through forested buffers that protect the City's streams and rivers. It serves as a community-wide resource for play, exercise, relaxation, and nature-related recreation and education.
The Trail passes through many neighborhoods and connects six City parks. It is open for hiking and jogging from dawn to dusk. Because most of the Trail passes over private property, hikers are asked to stay on the trail and to keep dogs on leashes at all times.