Aug 2nd, 6:45 am: Neighborhoods to trails to Crossroads, 5.7-nish miles

James River Hikers
James River Hikers
Public group

South of the James Market

New Kent Ave · Richmond, VA

How to find us

We'll meet just inside the entrance to the Forest Hill Park parking lot. We'll leave promptly at 6:45 a.m. – or before, if everyone's present. Make your presence early. And assume we won't wait for you.

Location image of event venue


What we'll do:

We'll hike, of course! From the South of the James Farmers Market parking lot in Forest Hill Park, we'll proceed west through the Westover Hills neighborhood. After a moderate distance along Forest Hill Ave., we'll take Riverside Drive back east, passing under the iconic railroad bridge and going by stunning homes overlooking the James River. About halfway back to Westover Hills Blvd., we'll descend from Riverside Drive on a trail that weaves east along the riverbank, eventually bringing us to the western end of the Buttermilk Trail. We'll continue east the Reedy Creek parking lot, cross Riverside Dr. to Forest Hill Park, cross Reedy Creek on a one-person foot bridge with no railings, and go up a hill to find ourselves back in the Forest Hill Park parking lot. Then we'll carpool to Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream to take in their eclectic, Friday morning music fare: "Breakfast Cabaret," which may or may not include bellydancing.

Note of caution – This hike's route goes along parts of Riverside Drive where there is very little or no shoulder to the road. On those stretches, we'll walk in single file. This hike will be at a brisk pace. Be prepared to keep up. We'll depart at 6:45 a.m. on the dot.

• What to bring:

Bring water. Bring your sense of humor.

• Important to know:

While your event host is providing a framework for your MeetUp hiking experience, you are responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for this event, you acknowledge and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities 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 related to this event against the event host or other participants.