What we're about

The Central Virginia Orienteering Club (CVOC) is a group dedicated to orienteering and adventure racing in the Richmond and central region of Virginia. We are chartered with the national organization, Orienteering USA. Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map & compass and can be done on foot, bike, or by boat.

Head out into the woods to find specific locations shown on your map, making choices along the way of the best routes between them. Orienteering is great for improving your map reading or wilderness navigation skills or preparing for adventure races. Race against the clock for the shortest time or do it as a fun walk in the woods!

People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Come join in the adventure!

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Upcoming events (2)

Pocahontas - Swift Creek South section

Pocahontas State Park

We haven't been in this section of the park for a while. It's got some interesting terrain and should be fun for all levels, so come join us! Three courses to choose from! See below for course details. *** *** *** *** *** *** *** Starts: Start any time between noon and 2:00 pm. (Everybody must be back to the start no later than 3:30 pm.) Feel free to arrive any time after 11:45 am. Cost: Maps are $5 each. Location: Don't go to the main park entrance. The address is 9200 Beach Road. Look for the orienteering signs and for the Dvorak Forest Rd. sign on the north side of Beach Road. We will meet near the Forest Service building which is 30 meters after Dvorak Forest Rd. bends to the right. Parking fee: A parking fee of $10 per car will be collected (unless you have a State Parks parking permit). You can also pay ahead of time with the Viply app (https://www.viplypass.com/virginia-state-parks/). Other: As always, instruction will be available for beginners. Bring your own compass, or borrow one of ours (on a first-come basis). Be prepared to leave car keys or an ID as a deposit when borrowing. Dress appropriately for the weather and for travel both on & off trail. Water, sunscreen, and bug spray are also good items to bring along. Feel free to post comments or contact one of the organizers if you have any questions! Be sure to answer the instruction and map questions when you RSVP! This really helps us with planning. *** Our meets wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. Please consider offering some of your time at this or another upcoming meet. *** Meet Details: All courses will be traditional orienteering courses which are to be completed in the numerical order indicated on the map. Courses will be: White (beginner) Yellow/Orange (novice) Brown/Green (advanced) Course Designer & setter: Alec Richardson & Ellen Stefaniak

River Rock Adventure Race


Attention adventure racers (and anyone who's ever thought of doing one): The annual adventure race that's part of the Dominion River Rock festival will be held on Sunday May 19. This year's race will be 4 hours of fun in the Richmond area! This is a great event for first-time racers but will offer plenty of challenge for those with experience, too. The race is done in teams of 2,3, or 4 people, or as a solo. Racers will ride, run, & paddle as they navigate through a course that will be revealed that morning. Check out the River Rock website for all of the details and to sign up: https://www.riverrockrva.com/events/adventure-race/ Note that the price increases on 4/1 & again on 5/1, so get your team together and register soon! The race director is CVOC's Phil Dawson and a variety of CVOC members will be involved in putting on the race. If you're interested in volunteering too, please let us know!

Past events (115)

6th Annual Orienteering Day at Albright Scout Reservation

Albright Scout Camp

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