Some of our favorite runs. Click on the name to find out more details, maps, reports and pictures below.
Where a Google map is provided, if you view the map on any device while logged into Google, you will be able to find it on your smart phone under “Your places/Maps”. This makes for a handy real-time map you can navigate from. Just be sure to load the map before losing cell service–many of these trails are remote.
Other Trail Resources:
- Furbutt’s Favorites Keith Knipling’s excellent list of trails on the VHTRC site.
- Virginia Trail Guide
- Hiking Upward
- AT Distance Calculator Make up own run on the AT.
- Bill Sublett’s GPS tracker
|Name||Distance||Elevation gain||Est. time||Tech rating (1-5)|
|Sugar Hollow Loop||20 mi||3,900 ft||5 hr||3|
|CATAss 25/50K||30.5 mi||6,500 ft||5-8 hr||3|
|Tour de RT (Rivanna Trail||19.8 mi||1,163 ft||3-5 hrs||2|
|O-Hell||5.5 mi||1,500 ft||1.5 hrs||3|
|Biscuit Run||6.5 mi||770 ft||1-1.5 hr||2|
|Walnut Creek||10 mi||1,854 ft||2-3 hrs||2|
|Rockfish Gap North||24 mi||5,280 ft||4.5-6 hrs||3|
|Rockfish Gap South||18 mi||4 -5 hrs||3|
|Secluded Farm Trails||6 mi||1245 ft||1 hr||2|
|RipRap/Wildcat Loop||19 mi||~3,788 feet||4-5 hrs||3|
|Fox Mountain Loop||17 or 20 mi||1500-2000′||2.5-4 hrs||1|
|Western Abermarle Gravel Roads Run||24 mi||~2,400 feet||4 hrs||1|
|Ridge Rd/Decca Ln||~12 mi||~1,038 feet||2 hrs||1|
|Sugar Hollow to Loft Mountain||26 mi||~3,740 feet||~5 hrs||3|
|Priest/Three Ridges||24 mi||~8232ft||~7 hrs||4|
|Wintergreen Trails||14 mi||4050 ft||3-5 hrs||5|
|Humpback Area Airplane Wrecks||10 mi||2400 ft||~3 hours||4|
We are currently working on this page to add some more detailed information to the trails and expand the list.
Tech rating is on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being roads or groomed railed trail, and 5 being a very rocky trail.
Times are a very rough guide, and may vary based on who reported them, but we try to keep them consistent for the middle 25-75% of runners.
North Fork Moormans River Trail, Appalachian Trail
Directions to Sugar Hollow. Note: At the Piedmont Store on 810, stay straight to get on Sugar Hollow Road. When you see the reservoir, continue up the gravel road as far as you can go to parking.
A club Fat Ass run held on Labor Day, starting and ending at Sugar Hollow (see directions above), running up into Shenandoah National Park. Options for various distances.
Trail map on google
Tour de RT (Rivanna Trail)
A 20 mile loop of mostly single track trails, connected in a few places by roads, around Charlottesville. Jump in anywhere!
Tour de RT blog post
If you are not familiar with the trails, it is strongly recommended that you download the Official Rivanna Trail map (official RTF) from here to navigate, as it can be tricky to find some sections connected by roads.
A popular section of the Rivanna Trail on Observatory Hill, with many alternate trails in addition to the main RT.
Trail map OHell
The Tuesday night trail run. Meet behind Timberwood Grill, stay after the run for dinner and beer.
A county park south of town with a set of twisty single track trails trails by a lake.
Official Trail map
Directions: 4250 Walnut Creek Park Road, North Garden, VA 22959
Rockfish Gap North
The AT north from Rockfish Gap going into the south end of Shenandoah National Park to Turk Gap. Blog post: Rockfish Gap North
Rockfish Gap South
The AT going south from Rockfish Gap to Humpback Rocks. Probably the most runnable section of the AT in our area.
Secluded Farm Trails
A great loop off the AT in SNP, with a bonus swimming hole.
RipRap/Wildcat Loop blog post
Fox Mountain Loop
A road run, but mostly on gravel roads and the climb up Fox Mountain will challenge all! 17 and 20 mile options.
Map on google
Western Albemarle Gravel Roads
A nice tour of some gravel roads in western Albemarle County. Smaller loops on these roads would make for a nice weeknight training run.
Western Abermarle Gravel Roads Run blog post
24 miles / 2400′ of climbing / 19.5 miles of gravel road
Ridge Road + Decca Lane
A Charlottesville area classic, Ridge Road is 4 miles (each way) of rolling hills on a gravel road past horse farms. Add Decca Lane for more hills.
MAP: Garmin Data
Sugar Hollow to Loft Mountain
A trail marathon distance (one-way) on the AT.
Trail map(s):Garmin data
A rite of passage for area trail runners. Start with a 4 mile, 3000′ vertical climb of The Priest. Return to the parking lot to refuel, and cross Route 56 for 3 Ridges, a difficult loop of the Appalachian and Mau Har trails. Alternately, especially for running only 3 Ridges, you could start at Reeds Gap.
Humpback Mountain Airplane Wrecks
View two airplane wrecks off the AT on Humpback Mountain. The more intact one is a few hundred yards off trail, and is recommended only when foliage is gone.
Humpback Area Airplane Wrecks blog post