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4.8 mls N/A
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2.5 hours plus a half hour for lunch
520 ft
Dogs are NOT permitted
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e.g. 12000 Government Center Parkway 22035 or Fairfax VA
Parking is located at the main parking area. 38.09110, -78.49355

This is a nice short family hike with little elevation change. Ivy Creek Natural Area, in Charlottesville VA, is the sister hike to Ragged Mountain. There are multiple trails at Ivy Creek and we put together an outward loop incorporating parts of many of them. We saw lots of wildlife, deer, one huge buck, squirrels, tons of birds, etc. Their website has great information about the flora and fauna.

We crossed many creeks during the hike with small bridges at all of the crossings. Some of the hike also parallel Ivy Creek eventually emptying into the Rivanna River Reservoir. About every .25 to .50 miles there is a bench to rest on. Be sure to do the Peninsula Loop as that is where there are some great views of the creek and reservoir.

We hiked Ivy Creek Natural Area as a clockwise outer-loop. The hike begins at the main parking area, we headed south to the Red Trail that goes through a Native Grass Restoration field, in 0.1 miles turn left onto the Yellow Trail. The trail is well shaded from here until near the end of the hike. In 0.5 miles turn left onto the Red Trail and in 0.1 miles turn left onto the Green Trail. Over the next mile or so are multiple creek crossings. In 0.7 miles pass under a telephone line and in 0.1 miles turn once again onto the Red Trail. In 0.1 miles turn onto the Orange Trail and very quickly turn onto the left branch of the Orange Trail.

In 0.1 miles the Orange Trail will once again bear to the left, keeping you on the outer-loop of the trail system.  The next 0.8 miles until the Peninsula Trail has a couple of views through the trees of Ivy Creek. Turn left onto the green Peninsula Loop Trail which will have some great views of Ivy Creek and the Rivanna Reservoir, the loop is about 0.8 miles long. It was a little over-grown when we hiked it. After completing the loop, take a left onto the Orange Trail, go 0.2 miles and take a left onto the Red Trail.

Stay on the Red Trail for 0.5 miles, many intersections in this section, when in doubt continue to bear left until the Blue Trail with some more good views of the reservoir. Bear left on the Blue Trail for 0.3 miles and bear left onto the Purple Trail reaching the Hydraulic Overlook spur trail on your left very quickly. In the fall without leaves on the trees their may be a better view of the reservoir. Return from the spur trail and bear left back onto the Purple Trail. The next section goes through another native grass restoration area. In 0.2 miles reach the Paved Trail, continue past the education Bldg and information kiosk and reach the parking lot in 0.1 miles.
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Hiker Reviews For The Ivy Creek Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: K & K Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, January 06, 2013
A nice, easy trail if you're in/around Charlottesville and don't want to go too far for a nice walk in the woods. The trails clearly marked and well maintained. We imagine that there's a lot of cover when there are actually leaves on the trees. For being close to Charlottesville and some busy roads, the trail was still pretty quiet. A good variance in landscape- woods, grasslands, and marshy areas near the water. We went at a pretty decent pace, took a few breaks for water/snacks, still did 5 miles in about 2 hours. So many trails let you customize your hike as you want and it gives great options for people of all ages. Plus, the kiosk near the parking lot is really informative.

Late May
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