One of the great things about the Charlottesville area is the variety of outdoor activities that are available. We have mountains to hike, rivers to raft and beautiful state and local parks to explore.
Walnut Creek Park is one of the many gems in the countryside that you should definitely visit. Walnut Creek is in Albemarle County, just a short 15-minute drive south of Charlottesville. You can rent a canoe, play frisbee golf on a large course or swim at the “beach” by the lake during the warm months of the year. There are miles of mountain biking trails for riding enthusiasts. The bike trails are also great for walking, but you do you need to pay attention and be ready to step aside when bikers are coming.
I have recently been spending quite a bit of time at Walnut Creek Park “socializing” our puppy from a local shelter and meeting all sorts of new people at the same time. The park is a great place to take a dog for an on-leash walk. You can walk through the woods on different trails that are tagged based on their difficulty. You can also walk on a lovely trail that winds its way around the end of the lake.
If you are a fisherman, you need to bring your rod and reel out to Walnut Creek Park. I have seen folks fishing from the sides of the lake, as well as from boats that they have launched themselves. You could also fish from one of the many canoes that are available for rent.
All in all, Walnut Creek Park is a great place to spend an hour or an entire day.
– Guest post by Elizabeth Muse / http://www.ADaysOuting.com
Map to Walnut Creek Park