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General Info

Loop de Ville Fest (LDV) was originally an annual hike of the Rivanna Trail loop for members of the Rivanna Trail Foundation. In 2022, LDV became a public, multifaceted festival event intended to celebrate, provide an experience of, and educate people about the Rivanna Trail. It is a completely free annual event that takes place on or around National Public Lands Day.

Nada. Zip. Zilch. Nothing. Every single event is free, including the entertainment!

Food and beverages are available for purchase on-site at Rivanna River Co. and The Wool Factory. 

Want to make sure the event stays free and accessible? Consider making a donation to the Rivanna Trails Foundation in any amount! 

There are so many ways to get involved with the Loop de Ville Fest! To find your ideal experience, check out the full schedule of events.

Nope! All events are free and open to the public! You are also welcome to do any mileage of your choice on the trail, but trail use is NOT required to partake in other Festival activities, including the concert.

We are always looking for volunteers! You can learn more about ways to volunteer and sign up here.

Rivanna River Co. is located at 1520 E High St, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

Handicap parking is available onsite at RRC.

Parking is available along Riverdale Drive and in the Burnley-Moran Elementary school’s lower and upper parking lots.

Burnley-Moran Elementary School lower parking lot (HIKERS/RUNNERS) — Directly next to Fabio’s Pizza, drive up Riverdale Drive. This will take you directly into the lower parking lot of Burnley Moran Elementary. Walk back down the hill and use the lighted crosswalk to cross E. High Street to the Rivanna River Company’s location directly behind Hogwaller Brewing.

Burnley-Moran Elementary School upper parking lot (RIDERS/OVERFLOW) — Best driving access to this lot is from Route 250 when driving east. From E. High Street, take Hazel Street to St. Claire Avenue to Mowbray Place. After parking, walk back down the hill and use the lighted crosswalk to cross E. High Street to the Rivanna River Company’s location directly behind Hogwaller Brewing.

Please DO NOT park in the Cosner Brothers Body Shop lot — they are under new ownership and you will be towed.

There will be restrooms and/or porta potties available at most aid stations, as well as at the start/finish. 

There are bathrooms on-site at Rivanna River Co.


Rules & Safety

Please plan to arrive early (at least 30 minutes before your group’s scheduled departure time). Your leads and sweeps have graciously volunteered their time and we want to get them on the trail promptly.

The full loop is about 20 miles long. Keep in mind, the trail is uneven, hilly, and takes longer to traverse than a flat trail. If you are hiking, running or biking any distance on the trail, we recommend you look at the details within the Schedule of Events page or on RTF’s website for what to bring and what to expect. 

Ride groups are based on average mountain bike riding pace. If you are unsure which group to ride with, we recommend choosing a group that is one pace below. This is a very long ride and we want you to be safe and most importantly, have fun! 

On Saturday, there will be Veo scooters at the Fontaine Aid Station (about halfway) for those looking to cruise back. Designated leaders at any aid station can notify an event director if you need your bike transported to the finish line. If you have an emergency on the trail, your group lead/sweep will notify race directors and emergency services will be called if needed. 

It depends on how much rain, if it’s rained in the day or two beforehand, and what time it’s raining… so, stay tuned! 

The rain date for the 2024 LDV Fest is Sunday, September 29th.

Our top priorities are preserving our trail and keeping you safe. Lots of feet and bike tires on muddy terrain will do quite a bit of damage, but light rain after a dry spell could be totally A-okay, so we’ll make the call when we have enough data to do so. 

For the latest updates, check your email the night before the event. If you are an aid station or lead/sweep volunteer, check the GroupMe chat for updates.

This website will be also updated if and when any cancellations are made.


Food & Beverage

There are at least three aid stations along the 20-mile loop of trail that will have some electrolytes, water, and snacks. Because supplies are limited and there are quite a few miles between aid stations, please plan to bring some of your own hydration and nutrition.


Högwaller Brewing Company shares a parking lot with Rivanna River Co and has a full menu and brews for purchase, starting at noon.

Food trucks will also arrive onsite at RRC in the afternoon and stay through the concert.

Yes! You can purchase beer, wine, and cider starting at noon on Saturday at Rivanna River Company. Drink tickets are $7.

Other than what you’ll need on the trail – which we highly encourage you to bring, outside food and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on-site at Rivanna River Co.

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