James River Water Levels

Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 6.00'
Flow: 8260 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 5:48am
Low Tide: 1:12pm

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Exploring C-Ville via the Rivanna Trail

August 5, 2012 1:19pm

On Friday, a friend and I drove out to Charlottesville to do some mountain biking with another friend who’d just moved out there. The newly minted C-Villian (or is it C-Villain?) had been exploring the Rivanna Trail and said it was a great way to get to know the city. We spent about three hours tooling around the Rivanna and the steep, rocky trails of U.Va.’s Observatory Hill (gotta bring the big boy/girl quads for O-Hill). It was a lot of fun, and I wrote about the adventure in my column in today’s Times-Dispatch.

Crossing Meadow Creek on the Rivanna Trail

It’s absolutely worth the drive to spend a day running, hiking or biking the Rivanna Trail. And if it sounds like something you want to check out, definitely go to the Rivanna Trail Foundation website first. They have a few different maps and some written instructions for getting around on the trail, which is not nearly as easy as you’d think.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?