The Rivanna Trail encircles the entire City of Charlottesville; this section follows the meanderings of Moore’s Creek. Once you leave the parking area at Quarry Park, look for woodchucks sitting guard at the entrance to their burrows. When you cross the large metal and wooden bridge over Moore’s Creek you are on the Rivanna Trail and have the option to head east or west. To the right (west) you pass through an area of scattered forest patches and shrubby fields just north of Interstate 64. Heading left (east) you enter more developed riparian forest and can follow the creek under Monticello Avenue. (It is proposed that a trail will eventually lead from here to the Monticello Visitor center on the southern side of Interstate 64.)
While walking the trail you will be greeted by the numerous common residents of the eastern forest, such as northern cardinal, blue jays and downy woodpeckers. These familiar species are joined during migration with a completely different set of visitors. In spring or fall look for warblers like Cape May, magnolia, northern parula and American redstarts. As the fall cools down the area, flocks of American robins take over and are sometimes joined by wandering cedar waxwings, and occasionally other fruit eaters such as Swainson’s thrush or gray catbird.
From Previous Site on Monticello & Rivanna Loop of VBWT:
From Saunders – Monticello Trail, return to SR 53 and follow it back to SR 20 and I-64. Cross under I-64 and continue a short distance to Quarry Rd. Turn left and follow it .2 miles to Quarry Park. The Rivanna Trail trailhead is behind the park, on the opposite side of the creek.
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- Site Contact: Quarry Park: firstname.lastname@example.org, 434-970-3656 and Rivanna Trails Foundation: email@example.com
- Access: Free, Daily, Sunrise to Sunset
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