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Darden-Towe Park

1445 Darden Towe Park Drive · Charlottesville, VA

How to find us

Meet in the parking lot at Darden-Towe Park, on the banks of the Rivanna River. (Note: NOT on the upper grounds at the ballpark.)

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Black Friday — or Chill Friday, it's your choice the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday, of course, is the chaos of consumption that commences the day after Thanksgiving and turns otherwise sane individuals into crazed consumers. Chill Friday, on the other hand, is a concept coined by GetHiking’s sponsor, Great Outdoor Provision Co., to promote being outdoors...

We'll be honoring the spirit of Chill Friday with an easy in town mid-day hike along the Rivanna River. Our hike will be just shy of six miles, out and back along Old Mill Trail. We will hike along the river, opposite the Woolen Mills, past remnants of an 1830's canal and falls; and will pause for a photo opportunity, near the history reader board.

Difficulty: Easy as six miles can be...

Note on difficulty: This is an easy urban hike, but much of this hike is "trail" - not a manicured footpath. As always, if you have a question regarding the difficulty of the hike, please contact me.

Where: We'll meet at the trailhead - located at Darden-Towe Park - small parking area alongside the river (boat ramp). When entering Park gate, turn left to parking area beside river - resist the urge to turn right towards ballpark.

Please be at the Trail Head by 12:30.

Supplies: please bring plenty of water and wear proper boots/shoes. Also, pay attention to the weather - an extra layer and rain shell are always a good idea to have in your pack.

Disclaimer: GetHiking Charlottesville's Organizers are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - Disclaimer (

Weather: If inclement weather necessitates canceling or postponing the hike, the decision will be made no later than 9:30 a.m. - cancellations will be posted on the hike comment section... Steady rain with not much chance for clearing will most likely call for postponing the hike.

RSVP: If you find that you're not going to be able to attend the hike, please update your RSVP to "No" as soon as possible. This allows those on the waitlist to have the opportunity to attend.

Dog Policy: If you want to hike with your pup, please check out our - Dog Policy ( The simple basics are dogs need to be on a short (max 6', non-retractable - Park rule) leash, owners need to pick up after their dog, your pup will need plenty of drinking water, dogs need to be well behaved and capable of keeping up with the pace of the two legged hikers.