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County to Dedicate Preddy Creek Trails Park

Park features County’s first dedicated equestrian trails

The Albemarle County Parks and Recreation department will hold a dedication ceremony for Preddy Creek Trails Park on Thursday, May 19, 2011 starting at 11:00 a.m. at Preddy Creek Trails Park located at 3690 Burnley Station Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911.

The 571 acre* Preddy Creek Trails Park boasts over eight miles of trails for hiking, running and mountain biking.   Preddy Creek also becomes home to Albemarle County’s first park with designated trails for equestrian use. The park’s informational kiosk, restroom and parking area are also available for visitor convenience.

“We are delighted to be able to add such a quality tract of land to our park system which responds to the community’s desire for more trails. We are also grateful to the volunteers who contributed over 1700 hours to Preddy Creek helping to make this day possible,” said Bob Crickenberger, Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Director.

The development of Preddy Creek Trails Park responds to a Needs Assessment Study conducted by the Parks and Recreation department in 2004 which revealed that natural areas and trails ranked as the most needed and most important recreation facility to citizens. In 2006 the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors formally designated Preddy Creek as a park that would be used by the public for recreational purposes.

The addition of Preddy Creek Trails Park brings Albemarle County’s total park acreage to over 3,300 acres. Preddy Creek Trails Park will be open year round, from 7:00 a.m. until dark daily.

For more information, please contact the Albemarle County Parks & Recreation office at 434-296-5844 or visit

*Preddy Creek Trails Park is a 571 total acre tract of County owned land on the Albemarle/ Orange County line. Of the total, 452 acres are in Albemarle County and 104 acres are in Orange County, with the remaining 15 acres in Greene County.

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