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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, halloween party, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner parties, 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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MAY 23, 6:15 pm - Urban Stair Climbing Hike 4-5 miles

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"This Meetup requires staying at least six feet away from others unless you're from the same household."
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), 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.

May 24th, 10am: Hike Bryan Park

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Please join us for a walk at Joseph Bryan Park in Richmond. This is an easy to moderately paced walk of apprx 3miles. There are paved roads and maintained trails, very little elevation.

Bring your leashed and well behaved dog to walk along with us.
HOW TO FIND US: We 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; after that you veer RIGHT at each intersection until you get to a parking lot on your right. Meet in that parking lot. BRING: water, bug spray, sun screen. HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Joseph Bryan Park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

May 24, 5:30pm: Forest Hill Park hike

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Hike Distance: 5-6 miles
Elevation Change: 600 foot plus
Hike Pace: Moderate-Brisk
Terrain: Rocks, dirt, gravel, pavement; mostly shaded

The Forest Hill Park trail loop is a challenging 4.0 mile circuit and makes for a perfect after work hike. It is great for fitness since there is 600 foot plus in elevation gain (lots of hills). We'll add other trails or neighborhood streets to hike 5-6 miles.

More About Forest Hill Park:
Forest Hill Park, which was once a quarry and an amusement park, features a recently restored lake and a network of multi-use trails that provide access to surrounding neighborhoods and the James River.
A partial wetland, wildlife can often be viewed in the park. Its sloping hills are popular for sledding in winter, and the parking lot was formerly the location of the South of the James farmer’s market.

What To Bring: Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, sunscreen, and insect repellent

May 25, 4:05 pm: Reedy Creek to Belle Isle and Back. Dinner after.

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This is an easy to moderate hike, 3.8 to 4 miles, and is great for beginners. We really enjoy the scenery walking from Reedy Creek to Belle Isle and back. From Belle Isle, you’ll find spectacular views of Richmond’s skyline, Hollywood Cemetery, blue herons and ducks fishing in the James, and an occasional kayak-er or two.

Belle Isle was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995 and its historic significance dates back to 1607 when first explored by Captain John Smith.

You are encouraged to arrive a little early to find parking; the lot fills up quickly especially on sunny days.

Bring water and hydrate often! You should be able to negotiate tree roots, small rocks, and an occasional downed tree limb although much of our route is relatively flat and well-maintained.

Hike at your own risk. Neither Meetup nor your hiking organizer/fellow members assume liability for your safety and well-being.


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