The Rivanna Trail – Riverview Park

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWTBefore heading out to visit a site on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail, be sure to check if that site has any COVID-19 policies or closures in place. This information is typically posted on a site's own website.

Description

Riverview Park provides a great area to go for a walk or just enjoy the outdoors. A two-mile, paved portion of the Rivanna Trail- which encircles the entire City of Charlottesville- goes through the park. Another trail forms a loop through riparian forest and open, scrubby fields. The large open fields are a great place for blooming wildflowers and attract numerous butterflies during the warmer months of the year. Watch for red-spotted purples, eastern and black swallowtails, and the occasional passing monarch. These fields are also home to numerous indigo buntings whose high metallic chip sound similar to the northern cardinal.

When you reach the river, scan the overhanging branches for eastern phoebes and their constantly wagging tails. Check the open water for the occasional family of wood ducks or perhaps a chubby little muskrat swimming towards the far shore. The woods along the river host dozens of Carolina chickadees and tufted titmice along with a few families of Carolina wrens. These are joined in migration by yellow-billed cuckoos and a myriad of warblers. Once the cold weather comes, watch out for large flocks of American robins as they descend on the woods in mass, at times covering every branch in site.

Directions

Physical Address: 1909 Chesapeake St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

From the Previous Site on the Monticello & Rivanna Loop of VBWT:

From The Rivanna Trail at Quarry Park, return to SR 20/Monticello Ave. Turn left (north) and continue for 0.4 miles to Meade Ave. Carlton Road becomes Meade Ave; proceed 0.25 miles to Chesapeake Street. Turn right onto Chesapeake St and follow it for 0.6 miles to the end of the road. The park entrance is straight ahead at end of road, and curves to left as you enter.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: City of Charlottesville Department of Parks & Recreation: 434-970-3656, gensic@charlottesville.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily, 6 am - 9pm

Birds Recently Seen at The Rivanna Trail – Riverview Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Mallard
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Black Vulture
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Bike Trails
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking
  • Restrooms