Riverview Park

As a runner, I like Riverview Park because it provides access to the Greenbelt Trail, which is a two mile long paved (and mostly flat!) section of the Rivanna Trail.

You don’t have to be a runner to enjoy the park, though. In addition to the trail, you’ll find a swing set and playground equipment for the kids, picnic tables, open space to throw a Frisbee and access (by foot) to the Rivanna River.

IMG_20141109_061116IMG_20141109_061004If you do want to go for a walk, run or bike ride, you can choose either path and circle back on the other one, creating a loop that is a little over half a mile long. Bring your four-legged friends to get some exercise, too. Well-behaved dogs are allowed off-leash on designated portions of the trail within the park on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

IMG_20141109_060846IMG_20141109_061249IMG_20141109_061616If you’re looking for a safe place for your kids to ride their bikes, this is it!

If you forgo the loop and instead continue away from the park on the Greenbelt Trail, it will take you under Free Bridge to where it ends in a soccer field two miles away. You also have the option of crossing over Free Bridge and picking up the Old Mills Trail on the other side of the river. Old Mills Trail will take you into the woods and along the river in one direction, or into Darden Towe Park (and along the river) in the other.