Parks & Recreation   |  Mountain Bike Trails

Trails at Preddy Creek Trail Park, 14 miles of multi-use trails, click here for more information.

Did you know Walnut Creek Park has 15 miles of single-track mountain bike trails? Central Virginia mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers have worked in conjunction with the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department to develop these high quality, responsibly designed, multi-use trails. Local trail enthusiasts have donated over 1500 volunteer hours to build and maintain the fifteen miles of trails we have today.  For more information on the local mountain bike club, please visit their homepage:  Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club

The trails are marked with a color blaze (referring to the colors on the map) and a difficulty blaze (referring to how steep or technical the trail is). The easier trails are located across the dam, near the beach parking lot. To get to these trails, go around the gate that is to your left as you face the swimming beach and cross the grass area over the dam; the trail begins to your right and is the blue-blazed Blue Wheel Trail. The more difficult trails start at the fishing parking lot and can be viewed on the trail map.

During the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) there is a park entrance fee of $3 for Albemarle residents and $4.50 for all others, and the rest of the year the park is open free of charge. The park is open from 7:00 a.m. to dark. Please park in the fishing lot parking area.

We hope you enjoy using these trails and we ask that you help us achieve our goal of minimizing trail-user conflict by following the International Mountain Bicycling Association's (IMBA) rules of the trail:

Always wear a helmet!

  • Always yield the trail.  Pedestrians have the right of way.  Please slow or stop when passing. 
  • Leave no trace.  Don't ride on wet trails, this can speed erosion.  Stay on existing trails and don't create new ones.  Don't cut switchbacks.  Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
  • Control your bicycle!  Inattention for even a second can cause problems.
  • Plan ahead.  Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly.  The trails have been marked by difficulty.  Don't ride any trails that are beyond your ability level.
  • Ride on open trails only.  Respect trail and road closures and avoid possible trespass on private land.  The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.

Click here for the Albemarle County Walnut Creek page, with information and directions.
Click here for the Walnut Creek Trail Map.