What we’re about
James River Hikers - Hiking With History takes pride in our reputation as a large welcoming community offering a variety of wholesome activities that will challenge, stimulate and entertain.
Want to explore Richmond's finest scenes, activities and venues with a community of nice local people who may become your new friends? If so, you'll love James River Hikers - Hiking With History.
Check out our calendar, and you'll find something for everyone. We do hikes, and other outdoor adventures, concerts, history, lectures, social and sporting events, parties, karaoke, volunteering for community support programs and much more.
While Event Organizers provide a framework for your Meetup experience, you are responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for our Meetups, you acknowledge and agree that hiking, outdoor activities and any of our Meetups carry the risk of injury or even death, and that you accept those risks. Further, you understand and accept this disclaimer and agree not to bring any type of claim against the Event Organizers, James River Hikers or other participants.
Members are requested to not smoke during James River Hiker Meetups.
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Dennis, Founder of James River Hikers
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- March 3rd 1:00 pm: Hike Henricus/Dutch GapHenricus Park/Dutch Gap, Chester, VA
This is a peaceful 800 acre park nestled between South Richmond and Chester VA., not far from I-95. Come join your fellow J. R. Hikers for a stroll along shaded paths. We will meet at the picnic tables at the end of the parking lot. From there we will walk over to the bluffs and see a magnificent view of the Varina-Enon bridge. We will also take a few moment to admire the "Dames" obelisk. Then we will head out on the 4.5 mile Dutch Gap Loop trail. Besides peace and solitude this hike offers abundant wildlife, views of the James River, a Tidal Lagoon and a graceful footbridge across a canal. This hike will begin promptly at the start time listed. If you are a first timer add a few minutes to your schedule. You will drive through the Dominion Power Dutch Gap coal plant this is the right way, keep going and you will come to a sign indicating a right hand turn into the park. Bring sturdy boots, water bottle ,and a snack (energy bars are good) and a positive attitude. Dogs are welcome, humans are tolerated. Even though this seems like an easy hike I encourage you to bring a water bottle and a snack. Dog Policy; 1. Your dog will be on a leash and under your control the entire time of the Meetup. 2. You will ensure that your dog keeps a distance from all the other hikers such that neither your dog nor its leash will become entangled with any of them. That’s another way of saying you and your dog will not be allowed to hike either adjacent to nor either closely directly in front of nor closely behind any of the other hikers. 3. Your dog will not become the center of attention.
- MAR. 04, 6:15 pm - Urban Stair Climbing Hike 4-5 milesBottoms Up Pizza, Richmond, VA
You need to be in relatively good shape to do this hike. It is not a beginner or no drop hike.
We leave exactly at 6:15 pm. If you are late, you may be able to catch up by walking East on Dock Street to the Flood Wall pedestrian walk-through at the end of the Canal Walk or on the paved Capitol Trail. ***This is a moderate paced hike with a few short rest stops depending on what group wants at the time. This hike is short (5.1 miles, 3.5 mph, 17 min miles), but can be very *challenging due to all the flights of stairs we climb during this hike (thus is the reason it is called the "Mountain Training Hike"). Even though this is a group hike, each participant is welcome to choose whether he or she wants to do some stairs that are considered "optional" and opt out of doing any of the stairs at any time since there is no pressure from the organizer or other members. There will be several overlooks of the Richmond Skyline, Church Hill, and/or Shockoe Bottom. Hydrate before & during hike. Bring a headlamp, flashlight, or use your mobile phone flashlight app. when it is not Daylight Savings Time.
*You will take over 10,000 steps (not stairs) which is well over the daily recommended amount in two hours. There are several sets of stairs to tackle which equals 1,149 stair steps but once again each participant decides which ones he or she wants to climb during the hike. The terrain is mostly paved and brick sidewalks. Some sidewalks are uneven. There is also a short dirt decline which has the usual stumps and small rocks. We will have brief breaks to take in the beautiful views of our city.
PARKING: Park for free on the street. OR Park at the Capitol Parking Lot on Main Street directly across from the Amtrak Train Depot - costs $2 for 3 hours, $3 for 4 hours, or $4 for 5 hours.
DOGS: Dogs are welcome. Please bring plastic bags to pick up your dog's droppings.
- March 5, 10am ~ Hike Bryan ParkJoseph Bryan Park, Richmond, VA
Join us for a walk at Joseph Bryan Park in Richmond. This is an easy to moderately paced walk of approximately 3 miles. There are paved roads and maintained trails with very little elevation.
Bring your leashed and well behaved dog to walk along with us.
HOW TO FIND US: We will meet at the parking lot across the street from Shelter #1. How to get there? Go on the main road into the park, cross a short stone bridge, then veer RIGHT at each intersection until you get to a parking lot on your right. Meet in that parking lot.
BRING: water, bug spray and sun screen if desired.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Joseph Bryan Park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
- March 5, 10:00 AM: Hike Pocahontas St Park at Horner Forest Trail Pk LotPocahontas St Park Parking-Horner Forest Trail, Chesterfield, VA
We meet at the Horner Forest Trail Parking Lot on Qualla Rd. This is not accessible through the main gate.
Join us for a brisk 6-7 mile hike on well-maintained trails in Pocahontas State Park, including a loop around Beaver Lake. Expect hiking speed to be 17-18 minute miles.
Due to the size of the parking lot, attendees will be limited to 12. There is a porta-potty at the parking lot.
State parks charge a parking fee with several options.
$7.00 a day (envelopes and drop box in the parking lot)
REI receipt stub
Annual pass - buy online (Seniors $40.00)
*Dog Policy for most James River Hiker hikes.
-Your dog will be on a leash and under your control the entire time of the Meetup.
-You will ensure that your dog keeps a distance from all the other hikers such that neither your dog nor its leash will become entangled with any of them.
-Your dog will not become the center of attention.