Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns: Charlottesville, Virginia

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There’s a reason Blue Ridge Outdoors chose Charlottesville, Virginia, as its primary headquarters. It is an ideal mix of a vibrant urban outdoor lifestyle and easy access to world-class mountain recreation.

The U.S. Bureau of National Economic Research recently awarded this small Virginia city with the distinguished title of “Happiest Place in the US.” Maybe its because of its surging craft beer reputation, nearby vineyards, or impressive music scene, Charlottesville’s proximity to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello or its exploding craft beer scene, but primarily it’s Charlottesville’s proximity to the Virginia Blue Ridge and Shenandoah National Park that keeps residents and visitors so happy and satisfied. 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 open to backcountry camping.

Also down the road from Charlottesville is Wintergreen Resort, one of the top snowsports destinations in the South. In town, Walnut Creek State Park offers ten miles of flowy, buttermilk singletrack around a scenic lake, and the Rivanna Trail circles the entire city, enabling runenrs, bikers and hikers to explore the wild woods from their backyards.

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DID YOU KNOW? The 26-mile Rivanna Trail circumnavigating C’ville is one of the longest urban trails in the South.

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