Albemarle has well-maintained boat launches available at Beaver Creek Lake, Chris Green Lake, Walnut Creek Lake and Totier Creek Park. U.S. Coast Guard-approved boats and crafts are welcome on the lakes, though gasoline-powered motors are prohibited. Electric motors are allowed. In addition to boating in one of the County's many lakes, you can access the Rivanna River at Darden Towe Park.
The Walnut Creek Disc Golf Course surrounds Walnut Creek Lake on 34 acres of the 550 acre park. Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee which is aimed at a "pole hole", a disc catching device consisting of a pole with chains, and a basket to catch the disc.
Darden Towe Park features a 1 acre fenced-in area for dogs to run off-leash. Open until dark every day, the DogPark provides a leisurely opportunity for you and your dog. Chris Greene Lake Park features a 1 acre fenced-in area for dogs to run off-leash, with a roped water access for dogs to swim.
An ample supply of sunfish, channel catfish, and largemouth bass are stocked at all lakes. A state fishing license is required and all state laws apply. U.S. Coast Guard approved boats and crafts are welcome to the lakes, however, gasoline and fuel oil powered motors are prohibited. Hunting is strictly prohibited at all County parks. Mint Springs Valley Park is stocked with trout from October to June as a part of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Trout Program. A trout fishing license is required.
Picnic shelters are available for reservation at Dorrier, Park, Chris Greene, Mint Springs, Darden Towe Park, Walnut Creek, and Greenwood Community Center. Grilling areas are available at Chris Greene, Mint Springs and Darden TowePark. To reserve a shelter call the Parks office at (434) 296-5844.
Chris Greene, Mint Springs and Walnut Creek have bathhouses and sand beaches for freshwater lake swimming. Beaches are open with lifeguard protection beginning Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day, 11:00am - 7:00pm. There will be no swimming on days when Albemarle County Schools are in session. Swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty. Swimming is prohibited at Totier Creek and Beaver Creek because these areas serve as water supply impoundments.
Albemarle County has approximately 62 miles of trails which can be used for walking, running, and hiking. Trails are often graded for difficulty so that you can select the best path and distance for your needs, whether walking with children or jogging with a friend. Walnut Creek Park has 15 miles of single-track mountain bike trails. Albemarle County has opened two new parks in 2011 that allow horseback riding, Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve Park and Preddy Creek Trails Park.
A three-feature water park area with sunning plaza is available at Simpson Park for your enjoyment from Memorial Day Weekend thru October 1.