Hiking In The Charlottesville Area: Part One - Moormans River

One of the most common questions we hear is, "Where is some good hiking near Charlottesville?" It is no secret that some of the most beautiful scenery in the country is available along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and the trails are easily accessible and fun no matter your level of experience.

Moormans River Hike into The Shenandoah National Park

Charlottesville benefits from being very close to the Shenandoah National Park, and right out here on Sugar Hollow Road, there is a free hiking access point that is very popular! The area is officially known as the Moormans River Hike and you have an option of taking the North Fork or South Fork up into The Shenandoah National Park.


Before 1995, the road leading out to the hike was all gravel for about 5 miles, when a massive flood caused by a sudden 12 inches of rain in the mountains above the reservoir wiped out the road and altered the course of the river in many sections.

The area has bounced back over the last 20 years and now everyone enjoys easy access to these hikes that take you past swimming holes and waterfalls. If you saw the move "Evan Almighty" you might even recognize the 80 foot dam that was featured there.

For the experienced trailblazer, you can hike all the way up to the Appalachian Trail by taking the North Fork of the trail, about 4 miles.

When the water is flowing fast in the mountain streams, fording can be an adventure. Be prepared for the possibility of a wet shoe.

For more details on this hike, read the article and reviews on Hiking Upward, the definitive hiking guide for this region. If you are staying with us at The Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm, note that these trails are only 2 miles past our inn along Sugar Hollow Road.

Author: Tim Cabell