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Brown & Williamson


Brown & Williamson Conservation Area is an undeveloped Chesterfield County property which is bordered on one side by the James River. There are lots of untracked woods with only a few mostly indistinct trails. Come join us for an opportunity to explore this area which is not normally open to the public.
Check out the details below. Note: Pre-registration for this event is closed.


STARTS: Start any time between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. (Everybody must be back to the start no later than 2:30 pm.) Feel free to arrive any time after 11:15 am.

COST: Maps are $5 each (pre-registered); $10 day-of (if available).

LOCATION: Brown & Williamson Conservation Area, 1 Discovery Dr, Hopewell . (Off of Bermuda Hundred Rd, near the DuPont Teijin Films plant.)

INSTRUCTION: 11:45am - 12:30pm

  • Instruction will be available during above times for beginners or those who would like some help to get started. We can also offer some tips to those who've been out a few times and want to advance their skills.
  • See links at the bottom to some reference materials that you can review in advance in lieu of in-person instruction.


  • Bring your own compass or borrow one of ours (on a first-come basis). Be prepared to leave car keys as a deposit when borrowing.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and for travel both on & off trail. You are strongly encouraged to bring water.
  • There are no restrooms or water on-site.
  • Feel free to post comments or contact one of the organizers if you have any questions!

*** Our meets are put on by volunteers & we could use your help. Please consider offering some of your time at this or an upcoming meet. ***

We require everyone to register on the Google form & pay for their maps in advance. This cuts down on the amount of time needed on event day for waiver signing & payments. It also guarantees you a map.

Register by Friday December 2nd at Noon to give us time to print maps and reserve one for you. Only a very limited number of extra maps will be available; we cannot print them on site.

Note: Pre-registration for this event is closed.

2 courses to choose from this month:

  • White (Beginner) - A traditional orienteering course completed in the numerical order indicated on the map. Great for first-timers & those newer to orienteering.
  • Score-O (Intermediate & Advanced) - 90-minute time limit with penalties if over time. Find as many of the intermediate- and advanced-level locations as you can in whatever order seems the best.

Course Designer: Tim Gilbert

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Below is some instructional information that you can check out to learn about orienteering before heading out on the course.

Central Virginia Orienteering Club
Central Virginia Orienteering Club
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