Observatory Hill

Shadwell, Virginia 22947

Observatory Hill

Observatory Hill Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Observatory Hill Reviews

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The trails found on O-hill can be very fun. It is a nice technical mix of rocky single track with short, but steep, up- and down-hill sections. This can be aerobically challenging. However, with only 7 miles of trails, intermediate and better riders will find themselves riding over the same section of trail quite often. For a longer loop within striking distance of O-hill, also check out Walnut Creek Park (about 8 miles south of charlottesville on old lynchburg).

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Hiking, Mountain Biking
Additional Use
University of Virginia community Relations for information about the observatory or its trails at (434) 924-1321.
Local Contacts
No official ones; topo versions available online at www.cvillebike.com and www.gpstrailsource.com
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018