Ivy Creek Natural Area

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Ivy Creek Natural Area consists of 215 acres of preserved land owned jointly by Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville along the Rivanna River, located six miles north of Charlottesville along Earlysville Road. The Natural Area is open for public use from 7:00 AM to sunset.


The site was originally home to a farm owned by Hugh Carr called River View.[1]

In 1975, The Nature Conservency helped purchase 80 acres of the former Riverview Farm in order to protect it from encroaching development. With a federal grant, 97 more acres of farmland was added in 1981. Additionally, the City of Charlottesville added 38 acres along the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir.


  1. Rainville, Lynn. "LoCoHistory » Blog Archive » Hugh Carr and Hiking Trails." LoCoHistory. 3 Mar. 2007. Web. 21 July 2010. <http://www.locohistory.org/blog/albemarle/2007/03/03/hugh-carr-and-hiking-trails/>

External Links

Ivy Creek Foundation page for natural area