Charlottesville may be known for its abundance of breweries and vineyards, but did you know that some of the best hiking trails in Virginia are located near the charming town? Before you head out to taste some refreshing beer, be sure to check out some of the area’s hiking spots to enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains first hand. The mountains may be a beautiful backdrop, but they’re even more gorgeous close-up! Here are a few of the best hiking trails near Charlottesville, all within close proximity to luxury apartment community Arden Place.
Jones Run Falls Trail
Just outside of Charlottesville, Jones Run Falls Trail is located in Crozet. At 4.5 miles long, this hike is a moderate level of intensity. However, the trek is worth it as the trail features a serene waterfall. Not only is the view of the waterfall well worth the hike, it’s also a great opportunity to get some amazing nature photos! This kid-friendly trail is most crowded March through November, when the temperature is at its best. However, you’ll have to leave your furry friends behind because this trail doesn’t permit dogs.
Walnut Creek Park
About a 20 minute drive away, Walnut Creek Park is situated in North Garden, Virginia. Besides having some of the best hiking trails near Charlottesville, the park has over 500 acres consisting of a large lake, a disc golf course, and picnic shelters. There are over 15 miles of hiking trails, where you can bike, hike, or run as your heart desires. With trails ranging from easy to intermediate, there’s hiking available for every fitness level.
Nestled alongside Thomas Jefferson Parkway, known in the area as Route 53, the Saunders-Monticello Trail is a scenic 2-mile trail located partially within Kemper Park. A newly built bridge dubbed Saunders Bridge is the most recent addition to the trail, but a pedestrian underpass will be the finishing touch. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation developed the trail, and it reaches all the way to the Monticello ticket office. Trail difficulties levels range from easy, medium, and advanced.
Chris Greene Lake
If you’re not sure where to go hiking with your dog, why not give Chris Greene Lake a try? Chris Greene Lake has over 3 miles of hiking trails and a 1-acre fenced-in dog park so your four-legged friend can run free! As the dog park is connected to the lake, be sure to check the website for notices for the occasional algae outbreaks that sometimes occur. There are public restrooms and picnic shelters, so remember to pack some lunch for after you finish the hike!
Those are just a few of the best hiking spots near Charlottesville. To prepare for the more strenuous hikes in the area, hop on one of the treadmills in Arden Place’s state-of-the-art fitness center and up the incline. When hiking during the summer, remember to stay hydrated and wear proper sun protection! You should also bring some bug spray to keep away pesky insects. Lastly, always take your trash with you and tread lightly!
Luxury Apartments Located in Close Proximity to the Best Hiking Trails Near Charlottesville
Arden Place is a luxury apartment community in Charlottesville, VA. Neither urban, nor rural, Arden Place offers the perfect atmosphere for its residents to work and play with its close proximity to some of Virginia’s best hiking trails near Charlottesville. Schedule a tour to see why we recently ranked in the Elite 1% of J Turner Research ORA™ Power Ranking.