What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in backpacking or hiking in the Virginia area and surrounding states. All skill levels are welcome. If you're looking for more adventurous overnight trips be sure to join our Premium Group page at https://www.meetup.com/Virginia-Backpacking... (https://www.meetup.com/Virginia-Backpacking-Premium) .

You should join this group if you enjoy the outdoors and like the idea of hiking or backpacking. Also, even though we're based out of Richmond, don't let it prevent you from signing up if you live elsewhere in Virginia. Trips will be led in all regions of the state and as long as you're willing to travel to a destination we'll be glad to have you join.

If you're new to backpacking or hiking there are plenty of experienced members to help shorten your learning curve to help avoid some of the more common mistakes we've all likely made at some point in our travels.

There will be a good range of hikes for different skill levels including some nice, easy, introductory trips as well as some more intense up and down hikes. The great part is each hike will have a good summary of what you can expect and you decide what works best for you.

Upcoming events (1)

McAfee Knob Leap Day Hike 2024 (8.0 miles, Moderately Strenuous)

Mcafee Knob TrailHead

Join us on a Leap Day hike to iconic McAfee Knob! Round trip for this day hike will be close to 8 miles, 1,400 feet in altitude gain, and may take up to 6 hours to complete. If you haven't done this distance, altitude gain, or duration in previous hikes this is not the first time to start!

Start Time of 10:00 am is when we will start hiking from the McAfee Knob parking lot. End time of 4:00 pm is when we expect to return to the McAfee Knob parking lot. Please adjust for travel time depending on where you are driving from.

Bring the following:

A good pair of hiking shoes or boots
A headlamp (in case it starts getting dark)
Snacks and maybe lunch
Multiple layers of clothing (you will be hiking in winter)
A positive attitude

Meet at McAfee Knob Parking Lot at 10:00 am. A Google map of the location can be found at the shortened link below:


Anyone wanting to carpool from the Richmond area can meet at 7:00 am at the Walmart address below. We will likely be returning to Richmond around 8:00 pm.

11400 W Broad St, Glen Allen, VA 23060



HIKING PACE: Moderate to slow ( about 1.5 miles per hour)

TRAIL TERRAIN: Gravel, dirt, rock

DIFFICULTY: Moderately Strenuous (This should not be your first hike!)

CANCELLATION: If weather becomes an issue, call or check your email for updates before leaving.

Additional Information

• Hiker Responsibilities (https://www.meetup.com/Virginia-Backpacking/pages/23716484/Hiker_Responsibilities).

• Liability Disclaimer (https://www.meetup.com/Virginia-Backpacking/pages/23716390/Liability_Disclaimer).


Past events (108)

Banff Mountain Film Festival

James River High School