02/13 Bushwhacking the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area

Bushwhacking the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area
Bushwhack and explore the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area. Trek to the vernal pool along the southern border. Drop down into Big Hollow and follow the stream. Next, ascend to the bluff to view the James River and follow the bluff its entire length to the start. This hike will travel almost the entire boundary and will be approximately four miles.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, Feb. 13,  10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.   $12   Course 30556
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/19 Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve

Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve
Located in the northwest corner of Albemarle County, and just a stone’s-throw away from Shenandoah National Park, is the new 600- acre forest preserve. Hoof up the mountain side through white pine, chestnut oak and mountain laurel. Take a rest by a mountain stream, view the weathered boulders or listen to the squawks of ravens. This is a moderate 1.3-mile hike with about 1200 feet of elevation gam.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 19,  9 a.m.- 5 p.m.   $30   Course 30555
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/24 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 5-10 years old. It provides beginners with a backpacking experience in a positive, natural environment. During this easy, three-mile hike to the overnight camping spot, special attention is given to the parent/child relationship. Fee includes guide, meals and all camping gear (except sleeping bag). Transportation to site not included.
Parks Maintenance Building, 9201 Public Works Road
Pre-trip meeting: Thurs., March 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
Trip: Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. through Sunday, April 10, 5 p.m.
$75 per adult, $50 per child           Course 30721
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

04/09 Humpback Rock

Humpback Rock
Start from the Humpback Rock Picnic Area for a three-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail to the majestic views of Humpback Rock. Enjoy lunch on rock ledges that overlook Wintergreen Resort, peer down into Rockfish Valley from another rock outcrop and see the remnants of hog walls. Return along the same trail. This is a moderate six-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 9,   9 a.m.- 6 p.m.  $32  Course 30554
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/21 Old Rag Mountain

Old Rag Mountain
Learn about, and see the results of, mountain building and erosion while hiking to the summit of Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park. This circuit hike will travel along the rocky ridge line that leads to the summit. Prepare to scramble over and through large granite boulders. This hike will be about eight miles with 2510 feet of elevation gain. Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, May 21,  7 a.m.-9 p.m.  $38  Course 30544
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735