From riverside local parks to the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Va., are surrounded by an abundance of hiking opportunities. Winter is the perfect time for a quiet hike with less crowds and no bugs to worry about. Layer up, pack a hot drink, and hit the trails with these local suggestions. Don’t forget to wear your mask in public spaces and maintain social distancing even when outside.
Downtown Charlottesville is just a 25-minute drive from the southern end of Shenandoah National Park and the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, both popular destinations for hikers, cyclists, and motorcyclists no matter the season. For the highest peaks, most dramatic overlooks and sunsets, toughest climbs, and best experiences, take these trails to experience a winter wonderland in the mountains.
The fee ($30/vehicle, $25/motorcycle) to enter Shenandoah National Park is well worth the cost. Just off Skyline
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