It’s Time for Summer Hiking near Charlottesville!

The Charlottesville area is so close to a lot of great hiking trails.  We enjoy taking an afternoon off and exploring the many trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ivy Creek Reservoir and Mint Springs Park.

Trails closest to here are the ones in Ivy Creek Reservoir.  It is only a 5 minute drivestream with white rocks, trees and hiker with green top from Foxfield Inn.  There are numerous trails that intersect and expand on each other.  The hikes are through wooded terrain which means they are a bit cooler.  If you don’t want to hike you can fish along the shore of the Rivanna River.

Mint Spring Park also has many different trails and different levels of trails.  The fireman’s trail can be steep in places but well worth the effort.  There are many other easier trails as well.  And bring you swimsuit as there is a small lake for you tow swim in after your hike – good way to cool down.  Of course we like to go to one of the nearby wineries after our hike and sample some great tasting wines.

white water falling over steep dark rocksThe Blue Ridge Mountains have a lot of trails – some to waterfalls, some through wooded terrain, some with gorgeous vista views and some just a nice leisurely walk.  You can access the trails via the Blue Ridge Parkway or the Shenandoah National Park.  A guest favorite is Humpback Rocks.  This is a steep hike but the view at the top is marvelous.  We like going further down the parkway and hiking around the picnic area.  It is a bit easier of a hike.  Some of the turnoffs also have hikes.  We have guide books for you to explore and pick out the hike for you.

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