Here are five hikes near Charlottesville, Virginia, all convenient if you are enjoying a weekend getaway at Cedar Spring Inn. Whatever your skill level or the time you want to spend, here is a hike for you.
Hike # 1: Bear Church Rock Hike
You may have hiked Old Rag in the Shenandoah National Park. As an alternative have you ever taken Bear Church Rock Hike? This is one of the great hikes near Charlottesville, Virginia. Guests at Cedar Spring Inn gave a glowing review of this 8.5-mile hike with an elevation gain of 2210 feet. The real payoff is the vista in this featured picture. On the hike to spectacular views you follow two rivers over well shaded trails. A well-kept secret, it’s seldom busy. You can access the trail from the Graves Mill Parking Area at the end of Virginia State Rt. 662, one of the few no-fee entrances to the Park. From Cedar Spring Inn drive past Early Mountain Vineyard. Just past the Vineyard turn right onto Rt. 662 and follow to its end. Total drive time is about 40 minutes (under 30 miles). Learn more at www.hikingupward.com/SNP/BearChurchRock/
Hike #2: White Oak Canyon/Cedar Run
There are many terrific hikes in the Shenandoah National Park. One that shouldn’t be missed is White Oak Canyon/Cedar Run, just south of the Old Rag trail. When you combine White Oak Canyon and Cedar Run loops you have a 5.0-mile hike with an elevation gain of 2450 feet. This hike passes five major waterfalls as well as numerous cascades and pools. You can access this hike from the White Oak Trail Parking Area on Weakley Hollow Road. Or access from the White Oak Canyon Lower Parking Lot on Chad Berry Lane in Syria, VA. Alternatively you can access the hike from Skyline Drive. From Cedar Spring Inn to the Lower Parking Lot is about 32 miles or 50 minutes by car. Check this hike out at www.hikingupward.com/SNP/WhiteOakCedarRun/
Hike #3: South River Falls
A little closer to home (if your home-away-from-home is Cedar Spring Inn), enter the Shenandoah National Park at the Swift Run Gap Entrance Station on Rt. 33. This is a 20 mile/30-minute drive from Cedar Spring Inn. Not far from this entrance you can hike South River Falls, using either the 4.8-mile loop or the full 10.6-mile circuit hike. The falls drop 83’, the third largest drop in the Park. To really appreciate the falls you need to go all the way to their base. Unfortunately, the hike back is steep. Save enough energy for the return trip or search out the fire road for an easier ascent. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/south-river-falls-trail
Hike #4: Preddy Creek Trail Park
If the mountain vistas at Cedar Spring Inn are enough “view” and all you really want is one of the great hikes near Charlottesville, Virginia, try Preddy Creek Trail Park. This park is only 4.9 miles (11 minutes) from the Inn. This Albemarle county park of 571 acres (and expanding) currently has 10 miles of trails for hiking, running, mountain biking and horseback riding. There are trails for beginner to advanced hikers and restrooms in the park. In addition there are plans for new hiking trails soon. This park makes a “quick hike or run” totally accessible from the Inn. Address: 3690 Burnley Station Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911
Hike #5: Ivy Creek Natural Area
Also easily accessible from Cedar Spring Inn is the Ivy Creek Natural Area, a 215-acre natural area owned by Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville with over 6 miles of walking trails. Just a 10-mile scenic drive from the Inn, this park operates nature programs throughout the year. This is the place to go on the way to or from Charlottesville to experience nature near the city. Address: 1776 Earlysville Road, Earlysville, VA 22936
For those guests who just want to chill in place, Cedar Spring Inn & Spa also offers three miles of hiking trails on the property. Pass the 1840’s cabin, cross the stream, hike around the vineyard to the bank of the North Fork Rivanna River. Enjoy the complimentary hot tub, steam room and sauna to soothe hiking muscles. Relax with a glass of wine while watching the western sunset. We look forward to seeing you at Cedar Spring Inn!