01/21 Atkins Acres

Atkins Acres
Hike through the county’s newest park, hear stories about the Atkins and discover the land they called home. Roam along uplands and descend along the streams that feed small wetlands along the southern border. This will be an easy 2.5-mile bushwhack.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Jan. 21,  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  $10  Course 30564
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/11 Exploring Mary B. Stratton

Exploring Mary B. Stratton Park
Hike and bushwhack to explore a park not yet open to the public. Hike along old trails and bushwhack through forested uplands, meadows, floodplains and along Failing Creek. Discover an old road bed, a beaver dam and Trampling Run.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Feb. 11,  10 a.m.-1 p.m.  $10  Course 30565
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/25 Powhatan State Park

Powhatan State Park
Hike and explore our newest state park, Powhatan State Park. Join the state park and county naturalists for a guided hike along Cabin, Big Woods, Pine and the new cabin connector trail. These connecting trails will lead through forested wetlands, upland mixed forests and loblolly pine stands. These trails range from easy to moderate. Most areas of these trails are earthen paths, but there are some gravel areas too. This will be an easy 3.5-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Feb. 25,  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  $18  Course 30537
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/10 Beaverdam Park and Gloucester Village

Beaverdam Park and Gloucester Village
Enjoy winter while hiking the easy and rolling terrain in Beaverdam Park. The trail winds along the shoreline of Beaverdam Reservoir, around coves, through small wetlands and a mature forest. Afterwards, take a short stroll through historic Gloucester. This is an easy three-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.    $20      Course 30533
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/17 Tobacco Heritage Trail

Tobacco Heritage Trail
Journey south to Lawrenceville to hike a 2.5-mile section of the Tobacco Heritage Trail. Start at the edge of the town and head west along Great Creek. Pass along rolling pastures and forests while learning about this rail-to-trail project. Total distance will be about 4.5-5 miles.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 17,  9 a.m.-4 p.m.      $20   Course 30566
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/24 Merchant Millpond State Park

Merchants Millpond State Park 
Head south barely over the North Carolina line to explore the enchanting swamp and millpond at Merchants Millpond State Park. An easy 4-mile hike will travel along bottomland, swamps and rivers to view majestic cypress and tupelo gum trees and, maybe, an American alligator.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 24,  9 a.m.·-5 p.m.   $22   Course 30567
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/14 The Great Dismal Swamp

The Great Dismal Swamp
Hike and van tour through one of Virginia’s most spectacular ecosystems, the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Tour six miles by van to Lake Drummond, in the heart of the wildlife refuge. The swamp is a haven for black bears, bobcats and over 200 species of birds. It also supports unique plants such as Atlantic white cedar, dwarf trillium and silky camellia. Bring a packed lunch.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, April 14,  7 a.m.-4 p.m.  $32  Course 30538
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/21 Hickory Hollow Nature Preserve

Hickory Hollow Nature Preserve
Find spring at Hickory Hollow located In the Northern Neck. Stroll along a patchwork of trails that lead through mature forests, down into Cabin Swamp and along streams. Observe spring wildflowers and returning birds.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, April 21, 9 a.m.·-5 p.m.  $30  Course 30535
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/05 Maritime Forest Hike

Maritime Forest Hike
Traverse the southern landscape of First Landing State Park, formerly called Seashore State Park. Roam through maritime forests, old dunes, cypress ponds and the shoreline of Broad Bay. Walk through shrines of cypress trees cloaked In Spanish moss, observe fiddler crabs in the tidal creeks and marshes and enjoy a lunch under the spreading and welcoming branches of a live oak perched along Broad Bay. Hike is approximately 5.5 miles.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 5,  8 a.m.·-5 p.m.  $32  Course 30536
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/12 Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail
Take a leisurely hike along this unique rails-to-trail that borders Amherst and Nelson Counties. Start at Rose Mill Trailhead, and then head down river with the Piney River at your side to the confluence of the Tye River. This is an easy out-and-back 5.5-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 12,  9 a.m.-6 p.m.  $30  Course 30539
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/19 Mountain Meadow Hike

Mountain Meadow Hike
Begin this hike at Hog Camp Gap, then ramble along the Appalachian Trail to the mountain meadow of Cold Mountain. The 4,000-plus-foot high meadow provides a panoramic view of the George Washington National Forest, surrounding mountains and Shenandoah Valley. This IS one of the most spectacular- views in the George Washington Forest. The hike will be approximately 3.5 miles and only 480 feet of elevation gain. Bring a packed lunch.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 19,  8 a.m.-6 p.m.  $32  Course 30543
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735