March 17 10 am hike from Tredegar Iron Works to Slave Trail

This 6+ mile hike begins at the parking lot west of Tredegar Iron Works.

We'll hike to Brown's Island, then across the pipe walk where we'll see the heron rookery and then cross Mayo bridge. From there we'll head east up the south side of the James River to the Slave Trail. At Manchester docks we will double back to Mayo Bridge and hike to Manchester Lookout on the south flood wall. We'll then walk north across the Manchester Bridge and return to our starting point.

I did this hike solo in 2 hours 20 minutes and predict it will take abut 3 hours with a group.

You'll see for yourself how the islands, canals, bridges, dams, levee and rapids of the James River shaped the history of Richmond from its very origin, through it's industrial age, to the War Between the States and up to the present with the recently constructed flood wall.

You'll walk in the footprints of tens of thousands of slaves who were unloaded from their ships at Manchester docks and marched in the darkness to Richmond's slave markets.

Additionally, I expect you'll meet a bunch of fellow local hikers with whom you have much in common and you'll be glad you know.

 

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  • Tammy

    I had a great time on this hike (even though I left my raincoat at home). Met some very nice people and learned a lot about a city I've lived in almost all my life :). Looking forward to the next hike!

    March 19, 2013

  • Susan S.

    Had a great time today. Thanks, Dennis, for an interesting & informative hike. This was my first one, and I'll be back!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Dennis. Great hike. Fun group. Totally enjoyed it.

    March 17, 2013

  • Tracy

    Great day.

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • john mario L.

    Regardless of the bad weather, I thought it was a very intresting and challenging tour/hike. Thanks.

    March 17, 2013

  • Alye

    Today was so much fun braving the elements and meeting some very cool people. Thanks Dennis for giving us the option to continue and to everyone for taking it. I had a blast and look forward to meeting all the wonderful people I did today on some future adventure.

    March 17, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    10 of us braved the weather and did a 4.9 mile hike in 2 hr 23 min. We cut off the slave trail portion thereby reducing the time by at least an hour. We began hiking in a drizzle which tapered off to no rain for the bulk of our hike.
    All agreed it was worth dealing with the weather as it was, and no one was uncomfortable.
    After the hike, 6 of us had a St. Patrick Day's lunch at Poe's Pub.
    Overall it was a good experience by some hardy and fun hikers determined to not allow a drizzle to deter them from the opportunity to experience an outdoor adventure with new acquaintances.

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Dave

    Sorry - Slept past the alarm and battling a cold.

    March 17, 2013

  • Katie

    I can't change my RSVP. I'm not coming because it is raining.

    March 17, 2013

  • Monique

    Sorry. Stayed up too late last night, and uncertain about the weather/mud. We are going to do something else on my cousins last day here.

    March 17, 2013

  • Frank V

    Sorry - the girls decided not to hike with the chance of rain we are supposed to be getting around noon. We will hit the next one - they want to do it, which makes me happy!

    March 17, 2013

  • Cezette C.

    I am sorry but can't do cold rain so this RSVP represents my sister Lori Edwards who says she is going to tough it put despite the projected downpours

    March 17, 2013

  • Kim B.

    All forecasts say rain by noon!. Would love to do this hike under better conditions!

    March 17, 2013

  • Jack F.

    Slams are hiking in Highlands, va

    March 16, 2013

  • Jo E.

    I'm not going to be able to do this one :(

    March 16, 2013

  • Alye

    After today's wonderful hike I think I'll pass on my the other thing I had scheduled and come enjoy myself in the outdoors instead

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first time joining the group.. Hope it's lots of fun!

    March 16, 2013

    • Jo E.

      Welcome. This is a good group, if we dont get rained out it will be fun!

      1 · March 16, 2013

  • Jo E.

    the 17th is St Patricks day ... are we going to do lunch afterwards? [haggis & Guiness!!] [or something similar] :)

    1 · March 10, 2013

    • Jo E.

      sweet...looks like at least 4 are interested...we will decide tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for no rain!

      March 16, 2013

  • Jodi Via M.

    Sorry I can't make it!

    March 16, 2013

  • Frank V

    Thinking of bringing my teenagers on this one for some exercise and culture! Daughter will probably want to bring friend, so may update total.

    March 14, 2013

  • Monique

    My cousin is visiting from the Netherlands and I thought what a great way for her to see more of the area! (Can we have a little time to read some of the signs, please?) :-)

    March 13, 2013

  • Karen

    Going to the beach this weekend....have fun everyone!

    March 11, 2013

  • Rachel R.

    Mandy and Trevor are coming too!

    March 10, 2013

  • São B.

    too many people! Sorry, I like a smaller group w a better pace.

    March 9, 2013

10 went

  • Dennis B.
    Founder, Organizer
    Event Host
  • Tammy
    Knightess Tammy - Hiked @ Dawn Twice
  • Alye
    "MG" - Dame, Hiked at Dawn 4 Times - Alye
  • Tracy
    Triple Treat Tracy Knightess hiked at dawn
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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