Observatory Hill

Shadwell, Virginia

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On the University of Virginia campus, this dense trail network makes the most of limited acreage on the slope below McCormick Observatory, for which the trail is named. The trail lures dog-walkers and hardcore mountain bikers alike and is understandably popular with students. The knot of unblazed trails on Observatory Hill offers many permutations, so use this hike as a starting point.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Richmond

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Richmond

by Nathan Lott (Menasha Ridge Press)

On the University of Virginia campus, this dense trail network makes the most of limited acreage on the slope below McCormick Observatory, for which the trail is named.

The trail lures dog-walkers and hardcore mountain bikers alike and is understandably popular with students. The knot of unblazed trails on Observatory Hill offers many permutations, so use this hike as a starting point.

©  Nathan Lott/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Shadwell
Distance: 2.25
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Observatory Hill

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Apr 2018