Take a Walk at Ivy Creek

to learn more about Virginia's
rich natural heritage

Scenically shadowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Ivy Creek Natural Area (ICNA) is a 215-acre preserve bordering the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir in Charlottesville, Virginia. With six miles of trails traversing a mix of upland woods, pine stands, fields, streams, and shoreline, ICNA is an ideal site to learn about the rich natural history characteristic of Central Virginia.

The following self-guided walks are designed to illustrate some of the interesting features of the area's natural history.

Take a walk on the:

  1. North Field Trail to learn more about Virginia's historic landscape
  2. School Trail to learn to identify the native trees of Central Virginia
  3. Red Trail to experience Virginia's diverse natural habitats
  4. White Trail to learn more about the ecology of a Virginia forest habitat
  5. Brown Trail to take a walk through a typical forest succession
  6. Peninsula Trail for an adventure through a riparian habitat

Download a trail map to Ivy Creek

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Ivy Creek Natural Area