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A Bicycling Basecamp in Charlottesville & Albemarle County, VA

At the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rural routes, gravel roads, and city trails beckon for bike riders. With the mountains to the west, and farms and orchards dotted throughout, Charlottesville and Albemarle County provide the perfect scenic backdrop for a two-wheeled cruise. 

Find your Flow

Albemarle County has a little something for all skill levels! Beginner and intermediate mountain bikers will love riding at Preddy Creek Park, home to some of the most fun and flowiest trails around. Newbies and experts alike can delight in the diverse loops and varying difficulty at Walnut Creek Park, where you can cool off in the lake after a warm summer ride. 

For some flow a little closer to the city of Charlottesville, head to Heyward Community Forest. Local trail groups are hard at work to build and maintain these singletrack trails for everyone to enjoy. The Rivanna Trail circumnavigates the city for a total of 21 miles, making it easily accessible from most areas of town. Use this trail system to get some miles on your legs, and relax in the Rivanna River to recharge. The Annual Loop de’Ville Festival takes place on the Rivanna Trail every September during National Public Lands Day. This two-day, free event offers three speed-based group rides, guided hikes and trail runs, and a free outdoor concert with local food and craft beverages, hosted at the Rivanna River Company.

Take a guided tour with Blue Ridge Bicycle Tours, rent a bike at Blue Ridge Cyclery, or stop at one of the many gear shops in town like High Tor Gear Exchange, a locally-owned shop that promotes a circular economy.

Bonus Adventures

For a great post-ride libation, Unwind at one of the 40+ wineries along the Monticello Wine Trail, or at one of the many local breweries, cideries, and distilleries. Great food options are plentiful throughout the area and many are very close to trail systems. From luxurious resorts, your favorite chain hotels, cozy inns and B&Bs, plus a selection of vacation rentals, cabins, and cottages, you’ll be sure to find a place to call home for the night. Plan your stay today at VisitCharlottesville.org

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