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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, 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+)

Nov 27 8:00 am: River Loop

Pumphouse Parking Lot

Rebecca is out this weekend so its her hike led by me!

We'll do about 6.5 miles around the river, This will be a brisk pace. Know your capabilities. We will pass by a few port-a-potties if you need to stop.

November 28, 10:30 AM, Robious Landing Park

Robious Landing Park

One of my favorites, we will do four miles on low elevation, dirt and paved surfaces. Bring water to drink and bug spray.
Well behaved dogs are welcome on nonretractable leashes. Bring water for your pooch too. Keep dogs apart and away from hikers.

NOV 28 6:15pm - Urban Stair Climbing Hike 4-5 miles

Bottoms Up Pizza

You need to be in relatively good shape to participate in 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, 3.5mph, 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 950 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 but must be kept on leash. Please bring plastic bags to pick up your dog's droppings.

Nov 29, 10am: Hike Bryan Park

Joseph Bryan Park

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.

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Past events (10,130)

Nov 26, 8:00 am: The High-Point Church Hill Hike

15th St & E Cary St, Richmond, VA

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