Outdoor Activities in Charlottesville During COVID-19 -

Outdoor Activities in Charlottesville During COVID-19

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Town Realty noticed that many folks were wondering, “where do I go if I need to get out of the house during COVID-19”. So we’ll get right into our top outdoor activities for Charlottesville, Virginia!
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One thing to note is that this is simply a list of suggestions. Please continue to follow social distancing rules and regulations and stay safe and healthy! Let’s get started.

Our first stop was Fluvanna County’s Pleasant Grove Park. This is a spacious park with lots of room to social distance. There are several different trails, from short to long, that you can trail walk on. Once of the trails goes all the way around the park if you want a good exercise day. The playground is blocked off but the tables still seem to be open for small groups. There is also disc golf and a baseball field. The dog park has ample shade and grass for your furry friend to run out some of that energy!

If you’d like to stay within the Charlottesville City limits, take a stroll on the Rivanna Trail. Get the feeling of being in the woods without ever leaving the city! There are many sections of the trails. Look for the link in the description for details. Make sure to wear appropriate shoes as some parts can be muddy after a hard rain.

Next we take a trip to Chris Green Lake located north of town near the airport. Chris Green Lake features a dog park with swimming area for dogs only as well as a disc golf course. Many of the amenities like the beaches are closed but there is still lots of green space to sit and relax. We saw a few people utilizing the river for kayaking as well as the baseball fields. You can ‘catch’ people fishing for fun, just be careful of your distance. The fishing areas area little small as opposed to other areas of the park.

Now for the southern part of the city, we head to Walnut Creek Park. Walnut Creek Park offers an abundance of activities. Much like Fluvanna county, there is disc golf and a dog park. Bike trails offer a different way to exercise if you’re tired of walking or running. Just be careful, part of the disc golf course intersects with the walking trails. “Watch your head!”. Shady areas allow for a cool spot on the hot days but please clean up after yourselves! And lastly, fishing and boating are a great way to relax on your day off. Much like the other parks, the shelters and bathrooms are closed so plan ahead and you’ll soon be enjoying that next sunny day.

Looking for a fun activity that’s also healthy? Look no further than the Critzer Family Farm in the Blue Ridge. It is strawberry picking season and yes they are open! Bring your own basket or use one of their own. You’ll be provided your own row for picking to adhere to social distancing rules as well as a washing station for fruit and hands. Enjoy the sun while looking for that ripe, red strawberry of choice. This is a great way to be outside, get some sun and eat some healthy fruit all at once. Check their Facebook for more up to date hours and times. You can also enjoy some strawberry ice cream at Whit’s ice cream shop. Flowers and a small assortment of veggies are available to buy as well.

Tired of standing at work? Thinking of taking a drive? Route 151 in Nelson County is a beautiful drive over the mountain. Some breweries and wineries are still open for pickup. Many have updated their website to reflect sales and ask that you call ahead.

On a bit of a smaller scale, we have Pen Park located east of Rio Road. A little bit less space but still a very enjoyable afternoon if you want to catch some sun and vitamin D after being cooped up inside. “There is a 1 1/2 mile long trail along the Rivanna river at the end of the nature trail.” The city market is open for online ordering and pickup. All city trails are still open. Visit the website in the description for other parts of the park that are closed for COVID.

And we travel back to the southern part of the city near Old Lynchburg Road to Azalea Park. 23 acres boasts a baseball field, basketball court, dog park, gardens and playground. Playground and restrooms are closed but with social distancing you can still enjoy this park via trails and fields. Let your dog enjoy the dog park!

A few things we know are NOT open are the Saunders-Monticello Trail, Shenendoah National Park, The Blueridge Parkway and many of the bathrooms and shelters at several of the parks. Plan ahead with sunscreen, hand sanitizer, gloves & masks and water during hot days. We will make it through together! See you on the trails!

Website Links:
• Fluvanna Pleasant Grove Park – https://www.fluvannacounty.org/parksrec/page/pleasant-grove-park-natural-experience
• Rivanna Trail – http://www.rivannatrails.org/Guide
• Chris Green Lake – https://www.albemarle.org/department.asp?department=parks&relpage=2737
• Walnut Creek Park- https://www.albemarle.org/department.asp?department=parks&relpage=2744
• Critzer Family Farm – https://critzerfamilyfarm.com/
• Route 151 – https://www.nelson151.com/
• Pen park – https://charlottesville.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Pen-Park-26
• Azalea Park – https://www.charlottesville.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Azalea-Park-5
• Blue Ridge Disc Golf Club – https://brdgc.org/