0/1 Mountain Bike Rules of the Trail

Mountain Bike Rules of the Trail
IMBA developed the “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions.

  1. Riding Wet Trails: We ask our trail users to observe the 24 hours / 1″ rain rule – meaning stay off of the trails for 24 hours for every inch of rain the falls. During freeze-thaw periods, ride while the trails are frozen or wait until they have melted and dried.
  2. Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.
  3. Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
  4. Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.
  5. Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
  6. Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
  7. Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

Portions of the trails are designed to be technically challenging. DO NOT modify the trail or create alternate routes to bypass challenging features.

0/2 MTB Project

MTB Project:

The next generation of mountain bike trail maps and trail information. In a partnership with IMBA, the MTBProject offers an international listing of 60,282 miles in 17,224 trails. An interactive site that allows you to share your rides, trails and photos.

01/07 Whitewater Kayak Rolling Clinic

Whitewater Kayak Rolling Clinics
Learn and practice kayak rolling during the off-season! Qualified instructors will teach and review rolls in a manner appropriate for beginner or experienced kayakers. Kayaks and equipment are available. Personal kayaks need to be cleaned before use in the pool. Minimum age is 13. Previous kayaking experience is required.
Manchester YMCA, 7540 Hull Street Rd.
Sundays, 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m      $50 ($55 w/rental)
Jan. 7                     Course 32891
Feb. 4                     Course 33339
Feb 25                    Course 33340
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

02/17 Disaster – Travel – Wilderness First Aid Certification Course

Disaster – Travel – Wilderness First Aid Certification Course
Learn how to save life and limb when and where professional help is not immediately available. Very few first aid programs address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where emergency services are overwhelmed or EMS assistance is more than an hour. The SOLO WFA 2-year certification, approved by the American Camping Association, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts-USA and more, offers classroom instruction with Q&A that are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience during scenarios comprise approximately 50% of class helping you come away with do-it-yourself care-giving confidence. No prerequisites. Minimum age is 13.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, Feb. 17 – Sunday, Feb. 18, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. (both days)    $195     Course 33400
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

 

03/01 50+ Introduction to Indoor Rock Climbing

50+ Introduction to Indoor Rock Climbing

This course is for climbers who have previous climbing experience
and want to practice their technique. Equipment will be provided,
and ropes will be set. Instructors will be onsite to supervise, give
pointers and help belay, but there will be no formal instruction.
Minimum age is 13.

Peak Experiences, 11421 Polo Cir, Midlothian, VA 23113
Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 9-11:00a.m.       $80                Course 33386
Details: Greg Velzy, velzyg@chesterfield.gov or 748-1124

 

 

03/14 Family Backpacking: Mommy and Me

Family Backpacking: Mommy and Me
This overnight backpackinq trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains is intended for mothers with children 6-11 years old. It provides beginners with a backpacking experience in a positive, natural environment. The 3-mile hike to the overnight camping spot in the woods creates a great opportunity for a special time between the parent and child, as does the hike out. Fee includes guide, meals and all camping gear (except sleeping bag). Transportation to site not included.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Rd.
Pre-trip meeting: Wed., March 28, 6:30-8 p.m.
Trip: Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. through Sunday, April 15, 5 p.m.
$75 per adult, $50 per child           Course 33317
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

 

 

03/25 Kayak Sampler

Kayak Sampler – Indoor Pool
Here is your opportunity to see if the growing sport of kayaking is for you. Certified instructors will teach the basic techniques and safety in the warmth and comfort of an indoor swimming pool. Sit-on-top, whitewater, and touring kayaks will be available for sampling. Swimming ability is required. Minimum age is 11. Youth 11-13 must be accompanied by an adult. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Manchester YMCA, 7540 Hull Street Rd.
Sunday, March 25, 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.    $55     Course 33323
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

03/27 50+ Introduction to Horseback Riding

50+ Introduction to Horseback Riding
Geared toward the 50+ crowd, you can learn horseback riding fundamentals in four classes. Course includes proper techniques in handling, mounting, dismounting, posting to trot, diagonals, and canter preparation. Wear long pants and shoes with a heel.
Hunter Lane Stables, 3578 Hunter Lane
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 27, 29 & April 3, 5. 6-7p.m. $110       Course 33319
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

04/10 Introduction to Horsebackriding

Introduction to Horseback Riding
Learn horseback riding fundamentals in four classes. Includes proper techniques in handling, mounting, dismounting, posting to trot, diagonals and canter preparation. Minimum age is 8. Wear long pants and shoes with a heel.
Hunter Lane Stables, 3578 Hunter Lane
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 10, 12, 17, 19, 6-7 p.m.  $110       Course 33318
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

04/19 Bald Eagle Tours

Bald Eagle Tours
Join Capt. Mike Ostrander, with Discover the James – Bald Eagle Tours, on his 24-foot pontoon boat for this unique and spectacular experience on the James River. After boarding the boat watch the sun rise while seeing our national symbol up close and personal. Minimum age is 15. Space is limited, register early. Private charters are also available.
Deep Bottom Boat Landing, 9525 Deep Bottom Road
Thursday,  9:30-11:30 a.m.     $50
April 19       Course 33311
May 10        Course 33312
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

04/21 Adult Sail on Swift Creek Reservoir

Adult Sail on Swift Creek Reservoir    

The Greater Richmond Sail Association will host Adult Learn to Sail weekends throughout 2018! No experience needed! This two-day course will teach the foundation of sailing skills: parts of the boat, points of sail, tacking/jibing, sail trim, knots, helmsmanship, and rules of the road. The weekend is hands-on with more time spent on the water learning and practicing the skills, then in the classroom. Classes are filled based on a first served basis and each course is limited to 12 students. Boats (19′ Flying Scots) will be provided. Requirements include the ability to swim, a well-fitting Type III PFD (life jacket) and closed-toed shoes. Instruction will be provided by US Sailing certified instructors.

Please bring an adventurous spirit, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, towel, a water bottle, and sailing attire for 2 full days of fun on and in the water. The course will be conducted at GRSA marina with classroom instruction in the main pavilion and on the water.

Fee includes a personal copy of US Sailing’s Learn Sailing Right, a completed Certification Record Book through US Sailing, course t-shirt, use of GRSA-owned boats, and two full days of instruction! Minimum age is 18.

Greater Richmond Sailing Association, 4301 Wooldridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian.
Each session is Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.                        $175
April 21-22.      Course 33148
May 5-6            Course 33149                                                                                                      June 2-3           Course 33150
Details: sailcamp@grsa.org or visit our website at www.grsa.org

 

04/21 Kanawha Canal Paddle

Kanawha Canal Paddle
Join us paddling on the Historic Kanawha Canal in Richmond! Use Sit-on-Top or Recreational kayaks for this exploratory journey on the first commercial canal system in the country that has been vacated for decades. The instructors cover all safety and history for this step back in time. Renting provides all needed equipment. Minimum age is 11. Youth ages 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max weight of 235 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
James River Park System, Pumphouse Park
Sat., April 21,   8:30 a.m. – 11:30a.m.   $35 ($40 w/rental)   Course 33322
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/22 Kayaking 101-Introduction to Calm Water Paddling

Kayaking 101 – Introduction to Calm Water Paddling
Join the regions’ most experienced staff and learn how to paddle the correct way with Chesterfield County’s professional instructors! This class is designed for the person who wants to learn the basics of flat-water kayaking. The class covers entries, exits, strokes, safety, and the equipment needed to start kayakinq. An optional tour of the Dutch Gap Conservation Area is included. Rental includes kayak and all equipment. Swimming ability is required. Minimum age is 11 and youth 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 251 Henricus Park Rd.
Sunday, April 22,   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.    $70 ($80 w/ rental)      Course 33329
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/22 Recreational Tree Climbing

Recreational Tree Climbing
Join the professional arborists from Riverside Outfitters as they take you to new heiqhts! For young and old alike, if you ever enjoyed climbing in trees, here’s your chance to really go up. Using specialized tree-climbing equipment, the staff of Riverside Outfitters will assist as you ascend into the canopies of trees. For ages 8 and older. Youth 8 – 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Sunday, April 22, 1-3 p.m       $19        Course 33334
Saturday, May 12, 1-3 p.m.    $19        Course 33335
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

04/26 50+ Kayak Sampler – Outside

50+ Kayak Sampler 
Geared towards the never too mature to have fun crowd (50+), here is your opportunity to see if the growing sport of kayaking is for you. Professional instructors will teach the basic safety and paddling techniques needed to get out for an evening paddle on calm water. Sit-on-top and touring kayaks will be available for sampling. Swimming ability is required. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 251 Henricus Park Rd.
Thursday, April 26, 6-8:30 p.m. $35 ($40 with rental)       Course 33324
Thursday, May 17, 6-8:30 p.m. $35 ($40 with rental)        Course 33325                                                                                                         

Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/05 Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting
Experience Riverside Outfitter’s Lower James River Rafting trip on Richmond’s award-winning whitewater! The excursion will begin and end at the Riverside Outfitter’s shop in Stratford Hills… they’ll take care of the shuttling. You will put in near the Boulevard Bridge. Paddle into the biggest rapids the James River has to offer, right through the heart of downtown with a break for provided refreshments at Belle Isle. This is easily one of Richmond’s best adventures! Minimum age is 12.
Riverside Outfitters, 6836 Old Westham Road
Saturday, May 5, 1:30-4 p.m.     $60        Course 33341
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

 

05/06 Whitewater 101: Sit-on-Top River Kayaking

Whitewater 101 – “Sit-on-Top” River Kayaking
No previous whitewater experience is needed for this trip, which is designed for those wanting to explore the easier rapids of the James River, from Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek in Richmond on user-friendly “sit-on-top kayaks.” This is a great way to get a feeling for whitewater paddling without the rigors of being inside a true whitewater kayak. Swimming ability required. Rental includes kayak and all equipment. Minimum age 11, Youth ages 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max weight of 235 lbs. due to kayak limitations. It is strongly suggested that you have some previous paddling experience.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Sunday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $70 ($80 w/rental)     Course 33331
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

05/09 Whitewater Kayak Playdays

Whitewater Kayak Play Days
This after-work, informal instructional time is for newer whitewater kayakers (especially those without a boat) to get time on the water. Instructors will be present to answer questions and give pointers. Sessions will stay at Pony Pasture Rapids with no down-river runs. Completion of a previous Whitewater Kayak class is required. All equipment is provided. Minimum age is 13.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m       $29
May 9            Course 33327
May 23          Course 33328
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

 

06/20 Archery Camp

Archery Camp
Has your child been bitten by the archery bug? Join our certified NASP and ATA archery instructors for an exciting week focusing on all things archery. We’ll start With an introductory session, so no previous experience is needed. Then progress through more advanced programs and use different types of equipment. We’ll also take some time to explore some of Virginia’s wild places. For ages 10-13.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday, June 20-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.            $140          Course 30637
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-8360

06/20 Sail Camps

Sail Camps
The Greater Richmond Sailing Association on Swift Creek Reservoir offers the chance to enter the exciting sport of sailing. Future sailors age 8-17 can come out for the first time or come back to further enhance their skills. This one week camp is taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors. The program promotes leadership, self-confidence, sportsmanship, safety awareness and respect for others. Drop off and pick-up at Greater Richmond Sailinq Association, 4301 Wooldridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian. Bring your own lunch except for Pirate Day which includes a pizza lunch, pirate costumes, and other pirate activities. You can also earn high school PE credits In Chesterfield County. Prerequisites: Mandatory 1 hour introductory meeting and swim test Sunday prior to each session. Must be able to swim 150 feet unaided.
Greater Richmond Sailing Association, 4301 Woolridge Road
Monday-Friday       8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.        $350
Level I:
No experience required! Make new friends, spend the week on the lake, and learn how to sail. Sailors will learn to rig sailboats, Identify parts of a sailboat, trim sails, practice safety, read the wind, and steer the boat. Students will work together to rig, operate and stow Single-handed Optimist Dinghies and double-handed Collegiate 420 sailboats based on their age, weight and experience.
8-12 year olds: (single-handed boats)
June 20-24           Course 30664
July 11-15            Course 30665
13-17 year olds (double-handed boats)
June 20-24           Course 30669
July 11-15            Course 30666

Level II:
Make new friends, spend the week on the lake, learn intermediate/ advanced sailing techniques, and experiment with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math components of sailing. Build a device to measure the wind, make a boat, and experiment with simple machines on boats.
8-12 year olds: (Single-handed boats)
June 27-July 1      Course 30667
July 18-22            Course 30668
13-17 year olds: (double-handed boats)
June 27-July 1      Course 30670
July 18-22            Course 30671
Details: Frequently Asked Questions available at grsa.org or email the Sail Camp Director: sailcamp@grsa.org

06/20 Summer Sprouts

Summer Sprouts
Nurture your child’s fascination with the earth’s creatures. Summer Sprouts will spend the week discovenng and learning about the animals that hop, swim, fly, and crawl through the fields and forests of Rockwood Park. Both sessions cover the same curriculum. For ages 4-5.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday        9 a.m.-1 p.m.     $85
June 20-24             Course 30626
July 5-8                  Course 30627
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

06/27 Camp Red Tail Hawk

Camp Red Tail Hawk
Have fun this summer explorinq the outdoors and makinq new friends at Rockwood Park. During this adventure packed week we will climb trees with Riverside Outfitters, explore nature, learn target archery, and much more. For ages 7-9.
Rockwood Park Shelter 1, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday,    9 a.m.-1 p.m.    $85
June 27-1         Course 30631
July 5-8            Course 30632
July 11-15        Course 30633
July 18-22        Course 30634
July 25-29        Course 30635
Aug. 1-5           Course 30636
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-8360

07/11 Nature Nuts

Nature Nuts
Check out the salamanders, snakes, squirrels, birds, and many other creatures that live In Rockwood Park. Discover how each is uniquely adapted for life In its own habitat. We’ll enjoy games, mini-hikes and hands-on activities each day. Both sessions cover the same curriculum. For ages 6-7.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday        9 a.m.-1 p.m.     $85
July 11-15              Course 30628
July 18-22              Course 30629
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

07/18 Wilderness Survival/Awareness Camp

Wilderness Survival/Awareness Camp
Spend the week exploring the forests and trails of Rockwood Park, the Dutch Gap Conservation Area, and other wild spaces. Participants will learn about the plants and wildlife of the region, tracking, awareness, and more. Campers will participate in hands-on activities involvinq shelter construction, fire building and methods of starting fire without matches, finding safe sources of water, wild foods, and other wilderness survival skills. Be prepared to get dirty, wet, and contend with insects and heat while spending an extended period of time outdoors. For ages 10-17
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 9 a.m-4 p.m.             $140          Course 30630
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-8360

1/2 RVA Ride Center

RVA Ride Center   

“Ride Center” is an official designation of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) for a large-scale collection of mountain bike trails that offer recreational opportunities for all skill levels, from families to expert. Currently, there are less than 17 locations worldwide which have received this prestigious designation.
The Richmond Regional Ride Center (RRRC) is a collaborative effort to address the public demand for outdoor recreation areas and facilities in Central Virginia. The goal is to rehabilitate 15 miles of existing mountain bike trail at Pocahontas State Park, and construct an additional 20 miles. A combination of existing world-class trails in the James River Park System and the trails at Pocahontas State Park will provide over 70 miles of offroad cycling, making the Central Virginia area a destination-worthy resource.

Dutch Gap Conservation Area

Dutch Gap Conservation Area & Boat Landing
341 Henricus Park Road (Conservation Area)
441 Coxendale Road (Boat Landing)
Chester, VA 23836

The 810-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area surrounds Henricus Historical Park and features diverse woodlands, wetlands, and the old meandering channel of the James River. “Dutch Gap” refers to Sir Thomas Dale’s attempt in 1611 to shorten river travel by cutting a new channel to bypass this meander. A 4.5-mile trail loop leads visitors around a tidal lagoon, where numerous species of birds and an abundance of other wildlife can be found. The area includes a blue heron rookery and a 2.5-mile Lagoon Water Trail, where paddlers can observe the “graveyard” of submerged barges and several islands. Dutch Gap also provides a boat landing on the James River.

 

Government Center Complex

Government Center Complex
9501 Lucy Corr Circle
Chesterfield, VA 23832
The Government Center Trail System is a mixed-use network of trails with a combination of both hard and soft walking surfaces. The system is comprised of two main loop trails (1.4 and 1.2 miles) and several connector trails. The trail provides a great opportunity for employees, residents and visitors in the area to get out and enjoy the outdoors while building regular exercise into their daily routines.
The trail is an extension of the county’s trails system and part of the “greenways” effort to preserve open space. In addition to preservation, the goal of the greenways effort also is to connect residents with parks, rivers, natural areas, cultural attractions and historic sites. Some greenways serve recreational purposes, while others serve as protected corridors along rivers, streams and wildlife habitats.

Harry G. Daniel Park at Iron Bridge

Daniel Park at Iron Bridge 
6600 Whitepine Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23237

This 187-acre park is conveniently located in central Chesterfield across from the county airport off of Route 288. Numerous diamond and rectangular fields, game courts, shelters, and trails make this park a popular destination for a wide range of recreational activities. The park is also located next to The First Tee golf course.

Individual Archery Coaching

Individual Archery CoachingFor archers seeking to improve their shooting form, compete at a higher
level, shoot in their first tournament, or overcome a specific issue, there
is no better way to achieve your goals than working one-on-one with
a coach. Our USA Archery Level 3 National Training System coach will
work with individual archers or up to two friend-or-family archers to help
them become better, more consistent shooters. Sessions run one hour
and are by appointment only, subject to instructor availability.
Contact Rockwood Nature Center at (804) 674-1629 for additional information.

John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area and Appomattox Canoe Launch

John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area and Appomattox Canoe Launch
21501 Chesdin Rd.
South Chesterfield, VA 23803

Located just below the Brasfield Dam and Appomattox River Water Authority, the Appomattox River Canoe Launch provides a parking area and boat slide for small non-powered craft. This location also serves as the trail head for the John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area, which consists of 94 acres of woodlands and swampland along the Appomattox River. Wildlife is in abundance in this diverse environment, and 2.75 miles of trail and over 500 feet of elevated boardwalk through the property provide visitors with a unique recreational experience.

Links

Outdoor News and Information:

Richmond Outside 

Blue Ridge Outdoors 

Outside Magazine

Backpacker Magazine 

Canoe and Kayak

Climbing Magazine 

Rock and Ice 

Dirt Rag

National Geographic

The Cleanest Line

 

Area Advocacy Groups:

James River Outdoor Coalition

James River Advisory Council

James River Association

Friends of the Lower Appomattox River

Sierra Club – Falls of the James Group 

The Nature Conservancy

 

Area Clubs and Organizations:

Coastal Canoeists 

rvaMORE   

Richmond Area Bicycling Association

Richmond Audubon Society

Old Dominion Trail Club

Potomac Appalacian Trail Club  

Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association  

Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club 

     
Area Outfitters:

Black Dog Paddle – Paddleboard Instruction, Ecotours and Summer Camps

Riverside Outfitters – WhiteWater Raft Trips; WhiteWater Paddleboard Instruction and Rental; Kayak, Innertube
and MountainBike Rentals; Recreational Tree Climbing and Summer Camps.

Kayak Richmond – Paddleboard and Kayak Instruction and Rentals

East Coast Board Sports – Paddleboard Instruction and Rentals

Peak Experiences – Climbing Gym and Summer Camps

Virginia Outside  – Mountain Bike Instruction, Fishing Instruction and Summer Camps

Discover the James – Bald Eagle Tours, EcoTours and Fishing Guide

RVA PaddlesportsWhiteWater Raft Trips; WhiteWater Kayak Instruction and Rental; International Trips

 

Climbing, Adventure Parks & Challenge Courses:

Peak Experiences

Manchester Wall

Challenge Discovery

Metro Richmond Zoo

Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat 

Go Ape!

 

R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks

Dodd Park at Point of Rocks
201 Enon Church Road
Chester, VA 23836

This 176-acre park features several athletic facilities and a diverse natural area. Athletic and picnic areas are concentrated in the upper areas of the park, and access to the lower areas is provided by a system of trails including a floating boardwalk through a freshwater tidal marsh. This area also has historical significance, as the land was the southern end of the Union position during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Remnants of Union earthworks can be seen along the park road and trails.

Robious Landing Park

Robious Landing Park
3800 James River Road
Midlothian, VA 23113

Robious Landing Park provides easy access to the James River for kayaking, canoeing, rowing and fishing. The 102-acre site also houses 3.4 miles of trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and sand volleyball. James River High School is located adjacent to the park and provides additional facility access.

Rockwood Park

Rockwood Park
3401 Courthouse Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23236

The county’s oldest, this 161-acre site features a complex of ball fields and game courts, a nature center, an archery range, Ruff House Dog Park, garden plots and an extensive system of hard and soft surface nature trails. Other features include picnic shelters, play equipment, concessions and restrooms. These facilities, along with convenient location at Courthouse and Hull Street Roads, make Rockwood Park a popular choice for numerous recreational uses.

Trail Volunteer Opportunities

Trail Volunteer Opportunities

Do you love the outdoors? Take an opportunity to give back to the community and give others the chance to discover all of the wonders out there in the wild! The Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation is on the lookout for volunteers to help with trail building and trail maintenance. We have opportunities for group service projects as well as jobs more suited to individuals, Eagle Scout candidates, or small groups. Some of the projects our volunteers have enjoyed in the past include trimming vegetation and litter clean up along county trails, the construction of new sections of trail in unimproved forestland, erosion control, plant installation, and amenities construction. This is a great opportunity to interact with like-minded people and do something to support outdoor adventure in the region! For more information contact Robert Smet with Chesterfield County parks and Recreation at (804) 745-8360 or SmetR@chesterfield.gov.

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