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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.

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False Cape State Park (Backpacking, 10 Miles, Moderate)

False Cape State Park


$11.36 fee per person covers nine camp site costs, Back Bay permit costs, and transaction fees. (Camp site costs have gone up this year.) Given the expected distance and the remoteness, this hike is not to be taken lightly. While it lacks significant elevation changes, portions of this hike are on sandy terrain and will make you work hard for each step. We must walk through the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge trails to get to False Cape State Park. Hikers will be dropped off at the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center (to save a mile of hiking) while drivers will drive back to Little Island Park and hike back to the start point. Nestled between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, False Cape State Park is one of the last remaining undeveloped areas along the Atlantic coast. As the former home of Native Americans, the historic Wash Woods community and a Coast Guard life saving station, False Cape honors the hardy souls who made a living from the sea. The park offers an opportunity to experience nature in a unique, primitive setting. • There is potable water at campsites. Drinking water can also be filled up at the Visitor Center. Campers must bring containers to carry water for drinking and cooking. • There are pit toilets. Note: This is a backpacking trip. Make sure you have the proper gear by the time of the trip. DAY 1 - Drive to Back Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to drop off hikers, drivers drive back to Little Island Park to leave cars at the lot, then hike to the Visitor Center, fill up water, then hike to the campsites. Set up camp, and relax or go for a day hike. DAY 2- Have breakfast at camp and/or feel free to take a morning hike in the park. Break camp. Hike back to Back Bay Visitor Center while drivers hike to Little Island Park and shuttle back. Have lunch at a restaurant nearby or head back to Richmond. Details: • Hiking Distance: 10 - 24 miles (24 is total if you day hike down to North Carolina during the trip) • Hiking Pace: Moderate (about 2 miles per hour) • Trail Terrain: sand, dirt • Difficulty: Moderate • More Info: False Cape State Park (http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/false-cape#general_information) • Organizer Will Provide: Trail maps, driving directions, basic first aid kit • Dogs Not Allowed • Carpool Location: 8:00 am Target, 4521 S Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23231 (side by Michael's) • Recommended Payment to Drivers: $50 per vehicle, to be divided evenly by the passengers and driver • Return Time: 6 pm or earlier, depending on departure time • 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).

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 Water 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: http://bit.ly/McAfeeLot 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 Details HIKING DISTANCE: ~8.0 miles 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).

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Backpacking Q&A (Zoom Online Meeting)

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