Employee Lunch Hike Program

 


Ready to get outside and enjoy the spring and summer seasons?


Parks & Recreation and BeWell are partnering to bring you the Employee Lunch Hike Program. Consider spending your lunch break at an Albemarle County Park with your fellow colleagues for some fresh air and exercise, or feel free to use this list of hikes to plan your own adventure! Hikes will be from 12pm-1pm every other Friday. Hikes are limited to 25 Albemarle County employees and will be led by a designated Albemarle County employee. Click the link below to reserve your spot! More details of dates, parks, and links to trails below. Bad weather cancels. (This is an off-the-clock activity)



April 16th  – Darden Towe Park: Old Mills Trail - Sign-up Here


April 30th  – Chris Greene Lake: Running Cedar Loop Trail - Sign-up Here


May 21st  – Walnut Creek Park: Jungle Trail​ - Sign-up Here


May 28th – Preddy Creek Park: Meadows Trail Loop - Sign-up Here


June 11th  – Mint Springs Valley Park: Upper Lake Trail - Sign-up Here


June 25th  – Darden Towe Park: Old Mills Trail - Sign-up Here​


July 9th – Chris Greene Lake: Running Cedar Loop Trail - Sign-up Here


July 23rd  – Walnut Creek Park: Jungle Trail - Sign-up Here


August 6th  – Preddy Creek Park: Meadows Trail Loop - Sign-up Here



Learn more about Albemarle County parks:


Mint Springs Valley Park | Albemarle County, VA

This 520-acre park (with 8 water acres, and 1 beach acre), provides several recreational amenities including a seasonal swimming beach, 2 reservable picnic shelters, a playground, and 5 miles of trails.


Chris Greene Lake | Albemarle County, VA

This 239-acre park (with 53 water acres, and 2 beach acres), provides several recreational amenities including a 1-acre fenced in dog park with water access for dogs to swim, 2 reservable picnic shelters, a playground, and 3 miles of trails.  This park is in the northern section of Albemarle County and minutes from Charlottesville Airport.

 

Preddy Creek | Albemarle County, VA

This 571-acre park offers 16 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, running and horseback riding. This park is known to have the best mountain biking system in the area.

 

Darden Towe Park | Albemarle County, VA

This 113-acre park includes a sports complex, river access, dog park, playground and a reservable picnic shelter. This park is popular for hosting league soccer/softball and weekend sport tournaments.  Old Mills Trail is connected to Darden Towe Park has offers 2.7 miles of trail along the Rivanna River.

 

Walnut Creek Park | Albemarle County, VA

This 525-acre park (with 45 water acres, and 2 beach acres), provides several recreational amenities including 2 reservable picnic shelters, a disc golf course, and 15 miles of trails.  This park is in the southern section of Albemarle County and voted “Best of the Best” of 2019 by Cville Weekly.


FAQs:


Can I bring my family/children/pets?

At this time, the hikes are open only to employees of Albemarle County. Consider revisiting the park another day with the family in tow!


Why is this an “off the clock” activity?

These hikes are intended to help connect employees both to their natural environment and fellow colleagues, and are not considered a requirement of the job. 


How long will the hikes take?

Hikes will last about 45 minutes to account for the time needed for individuals to gather at the beginning, and return to their vehicles by 1pm.


Should I bring anything? 

We strongly encourage you to wear comfortable footwear, dress for the weather, bring water, and pack bug spray just in case.



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