05/05 50+ Spring Flowers Hike

50+ Spring Flowers Hike
Discover the first plants to wake up after a long dormant winter. We’ll explore Rockwood Park and be on the search for Pink Lady Slipper, Coastal Fetterbush and more.
Saturday, May 5, 12:30 – 2 p.m.              $7             Course 33048

01/28 50+ Habitat Hike

50+ Habitat Hike
Explore Rockwood Park while the leaves are off the trees and the plants are dormant. This is the best time to find hidden animal homes like bird and squirrel nests, fox dens, insect homes and other secrets of the park. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Sunday, January 28, 1 – 2:30 p.m.             $7               Course 33023

05/03 Montpelier

Montpelier
NEW! Roam the rolling terrain and discover the range of landscapes at James Madison’s Montpelier. Hike through the Landmark Forest to see venerable white oaks and tulip poplar trees while learning about the history of the land. Hike beautiful meadows and forested lands, enjoy views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and visit the Slave Cemetery and the Madison Family Cemetery. Purchase lunch at the visitor center or bring your own lunch. Hiking distance is about 2-3 miles.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 3,  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  $20  Course 33432
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/10 Kiptopeke State Park

Kiptopeke State Park
NEW! Head across the Bay Bridge Tunnel for an excursion through Kiptopeke State Park. Check out returning migrants as we stroll along shorelines, meadows, dunes, ponds, and forests. This will be an easy four-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 10,  8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  $32  Course 33433
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/31 Roslyn Landing

Roslyn Landing
Start your hike at Roslyn Landing in Colonial Heights then walk along the paved Appomattox River Trail System that shadows the Appomattox River. Enjoy the riparian habitat and discover the old Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and the diversion channel. Continue across the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bridge, and then walk into downtown Petersburg for lunch. After lunch, return along the same route. This is a very easy 4-mile hike. Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 31,  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  $18  Course 33385
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/26 Rapidan and Staunton Rivers Hike

Rapidan and Staunton Rivers Hike
Stroll along the Rapidan and Staunton Rivers to imbibe in the mountain streams and reap the beauty of spring wildflowers. See plunging pools, check water quality by observing stream organisms and enjoy the colorful wildflowers such as showy orchids, golden ragwort, Solomon’s seal, trillium and lady’s slippers. This will be a slow, easy hike along the Rapidan and Staunton Rivers. Hike will be about three miles.

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, April 26,  9 a.m.-5 p.m.  $30  Course 33380
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/29 Chippokes Plantation State Park

Chippokes Plantation State Park
Stroll an easy five miles where natural history and cultural history converge along the banks of the James River. Roam along a cypress swamp, agricultural fields, historical building, including the Chippokes Mansion, tidal creeks and the banks of the James River where fossils reveal an ancient ocean.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 29,  9 a.m.-5 p.m.  $30  Course 33377
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/22 Rappahannock River Heritage Trail

Rappahannock River Heritage Trail

NEW! Take a leisurely 3.3-mile hike along the Rappahannock Canal Walk and the Rappahannock River Heritage Trail that showcases nature and river views in a city environment. Hike along the old canal and along the fall zone of the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg. This is an easy hike along a paved trail. Have lunch at Old Mill Park nestled along the Rappahannock River. Stop at landmark Carl’s after the hike for a deserved frozen treat.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 22,  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  $20  Course 33431
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/01 Ivy Creek Natural Area

Ivy Creek Natural Area
Stroll an easy 4-mile loop in the Ivy Creek Natural Area in Charlottesville. Traipse along the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir, through upland forests, fields and streams. The 215-acre natural area provides gently rolling hills and diverse habitats.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 01,  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  $20  Course 33430
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/15 Hog Island

Hog Island

NEW! Hike and explore the 3908-acre Hog Island Wildlife Management Area, a peninsula that juts out into the James River. Laced with wetland and creeks and containing open fields and some forested areas, the area teems with winter waterfowl, bald eagles and other wildlife such as deer and foxes. This will be an easy, almost 4-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Feb. 15,  10 a.m.-5 p.m.  $20  Course 33249
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

01/25 Cumberland Marsh Preserve

Cumberland Marsh Preserve

NEW! Hike near the Pamunkey River to explore the 1,094-acre tidal marsh that serves as a home for wintering waterfowl, bald eagles and other diverse bird species. This property owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy protects the largest population of the rare sensitive join-vetch. Hike an easy 2.8-trail through wetlands and uplands with views of the Pamunkey River.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Jan. 25,   10 a.m.-4 p.m.   $18    Course 33427
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

01/18 Wild Tour of Chesterfield County – Exploring the James

Wild Tour of Chesterfield County – Exploring the James

Hike and explore four sites along the James River. First, travel to the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area to bushwhack almost a mile of bluff overlooking the James River. Next, head to a secluded tract in River’s Bend and the historic Dantzler Battery. Finally, head north to the new James River Conservation Area.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Thursday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.      $15    Course 33426
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/21 Hotel Trail Hike

Hotel Trail Hike

Journey along the Hotel Trail and the Appalachian Trail for unsurpassed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, meadows, hollows, and the Shenandoah Valley. This 5.8-mile hike in George Washington Forest will take us to the 4000-plus foot high Cold Mountain and an inspiring mountain meadow. This will be a moderate-difficult hike with almost 1500 feet of elevation gain.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 21, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.      $35    Course 33423
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

06/30 Mount Pleasant Hike

Mount Pleasant Hike

Head to George Washington National Forest for one of the quintessential hikes, the 5-mile circuit hike to the top of Mount Pleasant at 4,021 feet. Enjoy sweeping views from the east and west overlooks. This is a moderate hike with 1,350 feet of elevation gain.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, June 30, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.      $35    Course 33425
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

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.