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County Announces Opening of Old Mills Trail

Albemarle County today announces the opening of Old Mills Trail, a 3-mile multi-use trail that connects Darden Towe Park to Martha Jefferson Hospital along the Rivanna River.

Old Mills Trail is designed for walkers, runners, hikers and bikers and offers an alternative way to cross the river for a safe connection to residential neighborhoods, shopping center and the City of Charlottesville’s trails, while meeting ADA requirements for wheelchair accessibility where possible.

“We are pleased to be able to offer another trail opportunity for area residents,” says Bob Crickenberger, Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Director. “This urban section of the greenway will provide much needed connectivity to area neighborhoods and businesses while spotlighting this area’s rich historical interests.”

Old Mills Trail has great tourism value in that it provides access to an area associated with historical interests such as Lewis & Clark and Thomas Jefferson. This publicly protected Greenway Corridor also involves a long section of a State recognized Scenic River and is identified in the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.

Old Mills Trail is a part of Albemarle County’s Rivanna River Greenways and Blueways system which is emerging as a network of hiking trails, parks and river access sites that will follow the river from North Fork all the way into Fluvanna County. This trail and riparian greenway corridor is recognized by various regional trail and conservation efforts such as Albemarle County’s Comprehensive Plan and the City of Charlottesville’s Greenway Plan, and made possible by various partnerships including the Rivanna Conservation Society, the Rivanna Trails Foundation, State Farm, Inc., and many others.

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