Parks & Recreation   |  Trails

At the present time, the fire at Walnut Creek Park has been contained. However, the area is still a little smoky and there are some areas within the fire line that are still smoldering and are being monitored. The park is open to the public but the trails on the east side of the park will remained closed until further notice.
Park patrons are asked to obey the signs posted at the park and avoid venturing too close to trails that are closed. We regret any inconvenience and appreciate our park visitors' patience. Public safety and welfare is our highest priority. Patrons are urged to exercise judgment and to err on the side of safety.
The Department of Forestry is on site with personnel from our Parks and Recreation department now. This fire remains under investigation.
(The Trails that are OPEN are the Blue Trail named The Blue Wheel and Orange Trail named the C'ville Bike and Tri Just Climb it.)

Have you noticed Albemarle County's growing trailways system? Currently, Albemarle has 70 miles of trails which can be used for walking, running, hiking or mountain biking. Horseback riding is permitted at Preddy Creek and Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve Park.  Trails are often graded for difficulty so that you can select the best trail and distance for your needs. 
*In order to protect trail integrity, on occassion Preddy Creek Trail Park may be closed during inclement weather and overly wet trails.  Please call the Closing Hotline (434) 296-5845 for updated information.  We appreciate your cooperation in helping to keep the trails in good condition.

Walnut Creek 

Please click below for ACPR Trail Maps for each park.

 Map of Albemarle County showing Park locations

Trail Work Days:  Join us at a trail workday and help us build trails for the community!  Saturday and mid-week volunteer options available.  Email Tucker Rollins at or call (434) 296-5844 for more information.

Trail Work Days at Preddy Creek:  Saturdays, October 1, November 5, and December 3.  Time:  9am-Noon.  Email Tucker Rollins for more info.

*If you want to be a volunteer in Crozet follow this link to the Crozet Trails Crew
**If you want to help start a volunteer trail orgainzation in your neighborhood contact Dan Mahon at

Albemarle is proud also to be a gateway community for the Appalachian Trail,  one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine. 

State law requires that visitors carry a copy of a negative Coggins report with each horse brought to the park. 
Click here for more info on Coggins. 



Contact the Department
Parks and Recreation
401 McIntire Road
Room 118
Charlottesville, VA 22902
FAX: 434-293-0299
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