Woman in boots stands on a wooden step in the woods near The Clifton

Explore the Outdoors

Hike to Incredible Views or Head Down the River With Tubing, Kayaking, Canoeing or Paddle Boarding

Get some fresh air and gain a new perspective. Explore the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley region with these popular hikes and outdoor activities.

Hiking - Saunders Trail Hike


This trail is right around the corner from The Clifton and a favorite among our guests.  Park at Monticello for free. You’ll see the ramp/board walk as you are entering the parking lot. The trail is mostly shaded with gorgeous trees that umbrella the trail but you’ll get some views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Charlottesville. 4 miles total.

Hiking Rivanna River Trail


4.3 mile paved “out and back” trail along the Rivanna River. It’s suitable for all skill levels, wide enough to be stroller-friendly (there’s a playground near the trail), dog friendly, and a favorite for runners!

Rivanna River Company - Kayaking, Tubing, Canoeing & Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Nearby - Reopens April 2022 for the Season

Rivanna River is a spectacular place for kayaking, tubing, paddle boarding, and canoeing.  Rivanna River Company provides all the tools and equipment you need for a great day trip! You can pre-order sandwiches here at The Clifton for a picnic along the way.


Hiking - Humpback Rocks

30-Minute Drive to Trailhead

A popular hike that delivers sweeping views of the Shenandoah Valley and Shenandoah National Park at the summit. 1 mile up and back. It’s a steep climb but worth it for the views at the top!

Hiking - Sugar Hollow Trail to Blue Hole

40-Minute Drive to Trailhead

A summertime favorite for locals, college students, and visitors alike! This 2-mile trail leads to a natural swimming hole. Wear your swimsuit under your hiking clothes for the full experience!

Mountain Biking - Walnut Creek Park

20-Minute Drive

Walnut Creek Park

Hiking & Mountain Biking - Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve Park (byrom Park)

40-Minute Drive

Byrom Park