The “Dog Days” of summer have arrived, but there’s no need to slide into a summer slump! There are so many things to do in Charlottesville and the surrounding mountains before the summer comes to a close. Get out and enjoy the best part of summer with a few of our suggestions:
Charlottesville is nestled in one of the most beautiful regions in the country for hikers and mountain bikers. Take a short trip to Humpback Rocks for a fantastic view and enough elevation to feel cool breezes on the Rock. Crabtree Falls is a popular water fall and a favorite Virginia summer hike. The impressive falls and the refreshing forest hike to see them are a welcome escape in August.
If you are looking for a more challenging hike, take a look at meetup.com. The site allows you to connect with local events and seek out more strenuous hikes that you can undertake with fellow hikers. Experienced hikers seeking new territory should consider Cove Mountain or the Wil Kohlbrenner Circuit Hike. meetup.com is also a great place to learn about local activities and find events you want to attend.
Even if you would rather stay close to home, Charlottesville residents can hike and enjoy the shady forest paths of the Rivanna Trail. You can explore most of the Charlottesville area without ever getting into a car or a bus. The trail circumnavigates the City of Charlottesville and connects walkers, runners, bikers, and hikers to the Historic Downtown Mall, allowing you to avoid the need to find parking and providing the perfect opportunity for a stroll after dinner.
Once you’re on the mall, there are so many things to do that are even better in summer! Take a break and get some ice cream at the legendary Chap’s Ice Cream. If it’s Friday night, take your delicious treat and head down to the Sprint Pavilion for Fridays After Five, Charlottesville’s favorite weekly live music venue. Or enjoy a world class meal at Fleurie before taking in a concert or a show at the Paramount theater.
What is your stay-cation missing? The Beach! Have no fear – Charlottesville can help you fulfill your beach fantasy without the long drive or the expensive hotel room. Stop by the IX Beach Party and get your dose of sand and sunshine, with a different theme each week. Bring your beach chairs, towels and swimsuits and pay tribute to the greatest beaches in the world with music, food and a few special IX surprises.
Before the summer slips out of view, make a plan to attend the beloved LOCK’N festival. This once modest music festival has become a beloved event in the area. The music extravaganza features a rotating stage for continuous music and a wide array of famous artists. Great food, vendors offering art, clothing, and a wide array of collectibles, local beer, activities for the kids, mountain biking, swimming, tubing, yoga – there is literally something for everyone at the LOCK’N event!
So get out and make the most of the last days of summer!