The art and culture in this city are second to none, and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello makes its a top notch destination for travelers from around the world, but it’s Charlottesville’s proximity to the great outdoors that keeps us coming back time and again.
From Charlottesville, a short drive west will get you to the gates of Shenandoah National Park and the notoriously scenic Skyline Drive, a mecca for road cyclists. Once there, you’ll find more than 500 miles of hiking trails and over 190,000 acres of protected scenery—much of which is open to backcountry camping. Also nearby is the Wintergreen Resort, one of the top snowsports destinations in the South. In town, Walnut Creek State Park offers fifteen miles of flowy singletrack around a scenic lake, and the Rivanna Trail circles the entire city, enabling runners, bikers, and hikers to explore the wild woods from their backyards.
We love guiding in Virginia because of the excellent opportunities each season holds. Spring is usually a very productive time of year for Brookies, but you can have success throughout the year. We like to give Brook Trout a break during their spawning period (October & November). Late Spring through early Fall we chase warm water species like Smallmouth on the James, Rivanna, and the Shenandoah.
One of my favorite hikes close to Charlottesville is Ragged Mountain. It’s so close to the city, but when you’re there you feel like you’re far away from civilization. It also offers one of the best large lake views in the area.