Preddy Creek is situated on 571 acres of wilderness north east of Charlottesville. Preddy Creek has 16 miles of multipurpose trail used by hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers. Trails are well marked, and following the Preddy Creek Outer Loop will get you back to the parking lot. Preddy caters to cyclists, runners, and hikers of varying skill levels, from beginner to advanced.
This 980 acre park contains 7 miles of trail around the Charlottesville Reservoir at Ragged Mountain. These trails are ideal for intermediate to expert riders. Go prepared, as this loop goes around the entire reservoir, and there is only one point of entry and exit.
Nearby trails at Roundtop, and Heyward Community Forest add to the elevation and distance. Warm up on Creekside and ride past flowing waterfalls.
Rivanna Trail: Circumnavigate Charlottesville on ~20 miles of singletrack, bike paths, and some minor road connections. Signage along this route is a challenge in places, but you are never too far from roads that will get you home. See more details at the Rivanna Trails Foundation website.
Sherando Lake Area: This backcountry trail system is 40 minutes west of Charlottesville. Strong intermediate and expert riders suggested for this area. Go prepared, these trails eat wheels and tires, and trail signage is sparse.