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 Parks and Trails

Albemarle County has 13 parks which offer over 3,700 acres for active and passive leisure activities, including swimming beaches, picnic shelters, canoe rentals, boat launches, and fishing piers.

Explore all the family friendly amenities of county parks with a handy matrix that indicates which amenities are located at each specific site.

Currently, Albemarle has 62 miles of
trails which can be used for a 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.

Albemarle County is home to over 14,600 acres of the Shenandoah National Park, with its many scenic and recreational options for visitors to enjoy. Albemarle is proud 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.

Whether it’s hiking, biking or driving, the Skyline Drive has options for everyone. The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park.

Located just south of the Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The Blue Ridge Parkway, which begins in Afton, Virginia and extends past Asheville, North Carolina, cuts directly through the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. With its breathtaking mountain vistas, numerous hiking trails, and camping sites, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers unlimited adventure and recreation.

 

 


 
 
 
Contact the Department
Visitors Center
c/o County Executive's Office
401 McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-296-5841
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