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.

How about join us?

Dennis, Founder of James River Hikers

Upcoming events (4+)

Jun 2, 9 am - Byrd Park Walkabout

2701 Police Memorial Way

What we’ll do:
We’ll meet near the benches at the start of the Vita Course near 2701 Police Memorial Way. Parking is available along Police Memorial Way and Spottswood Road. Our route will vary between the Vita Course, the lakes, the Carillon, the pump house, the Dogwood Dell trails, and the Boulevard Bridge. Sometimes we may even venture over to Maymont or Texas Beach. The distance covered will be 3 to 5 miles, taking about 2 hours. Leave your dog at home, since dogs aren't allowed on the Vita Course or in Maymont.

June 2, 3:30 pm: Friday Bowling!

Holiday Bowl

Come on down and enjoy some Chester Hospitality; Holiday Lanes, a long time Chester Institution, has lowered their lane fee and shoe rental fee for James River Hikers! Join your fellow Hikers for a few VERY friendly non-competitive games of bowling from 3:30 to 5:15. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro this is a good way to have some fun, get to know your fellow Meetup members and end the week. For those interested we can go for dinner afterwards. Don't judge a book by its cover. The inside of this alley has been completely renovated with new lanes, state of the art electronic scoring and a 50's retro snack counter. No money was spent on the parking lot, exterior of the building or sign. Please note, the entrance sign on route 1/301 is rather small. This entrance is on left side of route 1/301 just past route 288. Shoes $3:00. Games $3:00.

June 3, 7:35 am: Church Hill High-Point Hill Hike

15th St & E Cary St, Richmond, VA

Follow me as I'll lead a MODERATE to BRISK pace & finish around 7 miles from Shockoe to the varying parts of Churchill. On this hike, I'll be hitting 14 staircases, but many are optional if you want to build strength or catch your breath. I will stop every so often to keep the group together & promote inclusivity. Get ready to check out the best views in Richmond!

June 3, 9:30 a.m. ~ Pocahontas SP - Beaver Lake Trail

Pocahontas State Park

Hello Parkers! Kat will be leading us on the Beaver Lake and Ground Path Trails - about 4 miles with varied terrain. We are meeting at 9:30 by the bathrooms located near the swimming pool - so follow signs for pool and boat launch. We will be hiking on pavement to the wooded trails. Hiking gear recommended - I use a hiking pole to assist with downward terrain. We will update you on any weather concerns as date draws near. Until then happy hiking - Diana and Kat.
Parking Fee: $10 or

  • Annual State Pass (available at the Park Office, discount Senior Pass), or
  • Purchase Receipt from REI (no expiration date). Make any purchase from REI and use the bottom of your receipt for free parking in any Virginia State Park. Provide your receipt to the contact station ranger or insert it in a self-pay envelope, or
  • Visit a business listed on the link below and pick up a coupon for one day free admission to the park of your choice. No purchase is required.
    https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/get-gear or

Pet Friendly Hike: on leash
Want more information about Pocahontas Sate park visit -- https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/pocahontas


Past events (10,603)

JUNE 01, 6:15 pm - Urban Stair Climbing Hike 4-5 miles

Bottoms Up Pizza

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