From leisurely picking apples at local orchards to competing in nationally-recognized local runs, there are countless activities and happenings in the area to satisfy nearly any interest. One unique highlight of the area is the Rivanna Greenbelt Trail, an extensive trail system encircling Charlottesville for walking, jogging, cycling, fishing, or simply observing wildlife. And if you enjoy collegiate sports, Cavalier football and nationally ranked basketball and lacrosse programs are sure to please. In addition, UVA has a robust Intramural-Recreational Sports program offering first class recreation facilities and programming, sports teams, exercise instruction, equipment and wellness services.
Other local activities include:
Golf: Our picturesque city and its surrounding countryside offer courses designed for any level of play. Recognized by Golf Digest, our courses feature lush fairways and magnificent views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Hiking: Charlottesville, consistently noted as one of the most scenic places to live in the country, boasts miles of beautiful hiking and walking trails within its limits. Nearby Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 100 miles of the historic Appalachian Trail.
Biking: A bike-friendly community with plenty of quiet country roads, Charlottesville is an ideal place for any cycle enthusiast. Bike trails through the surrounding areas offer picturesque yet challenging rides. The annual “Tour de Vine”, held by the Blue Ridge Chapter of Bike MS, meanders through Central Virginia’s most charming vineyards and countryside.
Running: Recreational running as well as road races are popular pastimes in Charlottesville. The many well-maintained running trails that weave through town and the surrounding areas support the running culture, and a diverse set of road races – including the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler/ C’Ville 10K, Mud Runs, and even a Zombie Run – offer challenges for runners of all types.
Skiing: Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is central to some of the best ski and mountain resorts in the Mid-Atlantic. From local Wintergreen Resort, only an hour away, to Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia, area residents are never far from great snow and fantastic slopes.