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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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Upcoming events (4+)

October 17, 7 am: Walkin' Woodlake

The Pavilion at East West Legacy Park

Brisk 6 mile walk around beautiful Swift Creek Reservoir and neighborhoods on flat, paved path. For those interested in walking 3 miles, you will have an opportunity to return to your car before we repeat the 3 mile loop. Bring bottled water due to humid weather. We leave promptly at 7am. Hope to see you there!

Oct 17, 7:40 am: The High-Point Church Hill Hike 2.0

We will do a brisk pace over 6 miles around the varying parts of Churchill. On this hike I'll be hitting 13 staircases, but some are optional if you want to build strength. This is Version 2.0 of my Church Hill hike. Get ready to check out the best views in Richmond! FYI, I'm fully vaccinated.

October 17 8:00am: Nickel Bridge Hike ( 9 miles) Please Read

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We will meet next to the Nickel Bridge pay toll small parking lot on the left soon as you turn to Pump House Dr. When we hike,Please Stay 6ft a part to give each other space or at least you come from the same household! Let do it together for our Safety and enjoy the HIKE!

This is a challenging Hike!!! it’s a fast, long hike with Roots, Rocks, Stumps, and potentially wet. We will not take but an occasional bio break.
Also it not for a beginner hike. PLEASE KNOW Your limited!!!

We will hike 3-3 1/4 MPH Please be on time and we will leave promptly at 8:00 am.
Bring bottles of water,snacks and plenty of Energy for yourself!!!

We will start the hike by the Nickel Bridge and go across to Buttermilk’s Trail than cross to a little section of Forest Hill park and circle back to Buttermilk’s Trail heading down to T-Potterfield bridge across the bridge and go to North Bank Trail back behind Maymont park go under Nickel Bridge back to the parking lot.

Oct. 17, 10:00 am: Hike Petersburg National Battlefield Park (West) 6 miles.

Petersburg National Battlefield

.This is now a peaceful National Park with miles of shaded hiking trails. It is hard to believe that in 1864 it was the site of a grueling Civil War siege that spelled the beginning of the end of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. On our moderately paced hike we will pass numerous Civil War sites and monuments, peaceful flowing streams and bucolic fields. It is hard to image the tranquility and solitude this park offers so close to Fort Lee and Petersburg. So you will just have to join your fellow hikers to see for yourself. Important to know: -What to bring: water bottle(s), bug spray, sun screen, sturdy footwear and a positive attitude. -If this is your first time coming to the park, add some extra time to your schedule as we leave PROMPTLY at the start time. We will stop to take photographs and brief inspections of the monuments. -This will be a hike not a history tour. Your Event Host will give a brief, 5 minute overview of the battles and siege that took place here. A great read if you desire more information is "The Last Citadel" by Noah Andre Trudeau. Restrooms are currently closed throughout the park.

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