Ragged Mountain Natural Area Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Before encircling Charlottesville Reservoir, the trail at Ragged Mountain Natural Area gets off to a rough start, gaining more than 300 feet in the first half mile. After descending from the rocky peak of Round Top, though, the trail is largely level. Seemingly remote despite the proximity of I-64, the natural area protects both boulder-studded slopes and a creek-fed marsh.
A string of peaks reaching south and west from Charlottesville, the Ragged Mountains remain true to their name: boulders jut from the hillsides, and roots crisscross the earth. Cloaked in mature forest, the hillsides must appear today much as they did when Edgar Allan Poe hiked them as respite from his studies at the University of Virginia—woodland ambles that inspired his Tale of the Ragged Mountains."