Albemarle County has twelve parks which offer over 3,300 acres for active and passive leisure activities, including swimming beaches, picnic shelters, canoe rentals, boat launches, and fishing piers.
Explore all the family friendly amenities of county parks with a handy matrix that indicates which amenities are located at each specific site.
Currently, Albemarle has 62 miles of trails which can be used for a walking, running, and hiking. Trails are often graded for difficulty so that you can select the best path and distance for your needs, whether walking with children or jogging with a friend.
Albemarle County is home to over 14,600 acres of the Shenandoah National Park, with its many scenic and recreational options for visitors to enjoy. Albemarle is proud to be a gateway community for the Appalachian Trail, one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.
Whether it’s hiking, biking or driving, the Skyline Drive has options for everyone. The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park.
Located just south of the Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The Blue Ridge Parkway, which begins in Afton, Virginia and extends past Asheville, North Carolina, cuts directly through the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. With its breathtaking mountain vistas, numerous hiking trails, and camping sites, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers unlimited adventure and recreation. Click here to view a full map of the Blue Ridge Parkway: http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/upload/blrimap-2.pdf
Monticello Artisan Trail
The Monticello Artisan Trail includes the beautiful landscapes of Nelson County and Albemarle County. Travel the Monticello Trail and discover the beauty of the mountains and valleys that local artisans call home. A wonderful place to explore with family and friends, it will surely create lasting memories.
Monticello Wine Trail
Discover the Birthplace of American Wine. The Commonwealth of Virginia is the 5th largest producer of wine in the United States, with the Monticello Wine Trail as its crown-jewel, truly fulfilling Jefferson’s vision of winemaking in Virginia. The Monticello Wine Trail remains the wine world’s best kept secret, where boutique wineries produce small quantities of high-quality wines, shared with family, friends and visitors.
Brew Ridge Trail
Popular craft breweries are creating phenomenal product in scenic locations, of course, Albemarle County is one! Many other craft breweries and distilleries can be found on the Brew Ridge Trail.
Monticello Golf Trail
Green Golfing takes on a whole new meaning with the addition of the World’s First Green Golf Trail, the Monticello Golf Trail, you can enjoy the game and maintain your commitment to environmental sustainability.
The local tourism office, the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) operates two visitor centers. Both centers provide many travel services including same-day hotel reservations, local and statewide travel information, brochures, guides, maps, and more.
The Downtown Visitor Center is located directly across from City Hall on the east end of the Downtown Mall (610 East Main Street). Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visitor Satellite Office – Albemarle County is located within the County Office Building (401 McIntire Road). Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
The Visitors Bureau also offers assistance to media, meeting planners and group tour operators. To learn more go online to www.visitcharlottesville.org.