Walnut Creek Park

Charlottesville, Virginia 22910

Walnut Creek Park

Walnut Creek Park Professional Review and Guide

"Since its inception a few years back Central Virginia mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers have all volunteered the thousands of hours of their time to design, build, and maintain these fantastic multi-use trails for our enjoyment. And their efforts have paid off big.

Today there are over 13 miles of clearly marked singletrack trails on which to ride. These trails lead cyclists and other trail users over tight, twisting routes through a dense hardwood forest surrounding a 25-acre lake. there are countless log jumps, hairpin turns, quick descents, hills, ravines, and just about everything a well-planned trail system can throw at you. Trail Surface: Rocky, rooty singletrack with occasional creek crossings through dense hardwood."

Walnut Creek Park Reviews

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The park was open but no humans at the gate. There is a permanent sign with a map but not maps to take. The trails are basically not marked at all. Because it is fall and leaves cover a lot of the trail we got very lost and onto black diamond trails then off the trail completely. Better signs and better trail marking would be appreciated. Most of the beginner/intermediate trail was great when it could be found.
This place is a total blast. Wooded, quiet, not too crowded with people (we only saw about 6 others on the trail--it is winter) and the lake make it scenic and calming, but the trails rip! They are VERY fast, twisty, pretty fairly smooth. We had one water crossing that froze our feet, but the whole trail system is dry and clean for the most part, both of leaves and wet mud. I think they designed it great, with good drainage and challenging trails. Don't let the sign that says "experts" go one way and "mortals" go the other scare you. That section (back side of the Red) is not really as hard as it looks, with the whoop-de-dos. We rode for about 2 hours, did a section or two twice, for a total of 18 miles. Pretty cool riding---relatively tame, no long hard climbing. Good if you want a quick in and out, with no possiblity of getting lost.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
2.5 hours
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department
Local Contacts
USGS Alberene.
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