Trail Area

Ivy Creek Natural Area

About This Area

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Scenically shadowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 219-acre preserve bordering the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir is a mix of upland woods, pine stands, open fields, streams, and two miles of shoreline. Its rolling hills and diverse habitats make the Ivy Creek Natural Area an ideal site to learn about the rich natural history characteristic of Central Virginia and has made Ivy Creek a favorite destination for visitors and community alike looking for a peaceful walk in the woods.

Area Features

Rangers No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Nearby convenience store Yes
Trash Disposal No

Trail Area Highlights

Multiple trails that are perfect for short circuit hikes for littles. Carrier recommended for smaller kids, but preschoolers will love the terrain and creeks to play in.

Trail Contributor

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Hi!  I am Mom to Owen (4) and Rosie (17m).  I am originally from Richmond, VA and have lived all over the state.  I went to school at Virginia Tech and spent 10 years in Blacksburg.  This is where I met my husband, who took me on my first hike, and developed a love for the outdoors.  We moved to Newport News in 2014 and I read about Hike it Baby in a local magazine at our library in Hampton Roads.  I took Owen on his first hike at 9 months old, began participating in challenges, and hosting hikes with this branch.  We moved to Charlottesville in 2016 and I quickly connected with the existing branch here.  Hike it Baby really helped me get to know an area as a new resident (twice!) and connect with others who also enjoy the outdoors.  We are so grateful for this community and I am happy to be a part of it!