Sugar Hollow is about 35 minutes outside of Charlottesville, Va., on the edge of Shenandoah National Park, which hugs the Blue Ridge Mountains. This natural area at the range’s eastern foot, adjacent to the Sugar Hollow Reservoir, is managed by the city of Charlottesville for recreational use, offering a nice, lush locale for a long run on a hot day. Though you can’t actually swim in the reservoir (used for the city’s drinking water), multiple trail options feature frequent river crossings that provide more than enough chances to cool off and get your feet wet. And as the starting point to reach a beloved, local swimming hole known as the Blue Hole, the trails also draw non-runners, too. But trail runners in particular will enjoy training for races, logging miles on accommodating dirt with wide trails, plentiful shade and lots of vert. And beyond the trail quality and the challenge of stout elevation gain, it’s always nice to connect with and spend a little time on the Appalachian Trail.