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

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

02/08 Powhatan Wildlife Management Area

Powhatan Wildlife Management Area

NEW! Hike an approximate 5-mile loop in the 4462-acre Powhatan Wildlife Management Area. The trail winds through diverse habitat including streams, wetlands, meadows and upland forests along with abandoned farms and a graveyard. This is a moderate hike with easy, rolling landscape.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Feb. 8,  10 a.m.-4 p.m.  $18  Course 33428
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/10 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.  $4  Course 33368
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

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

03/15 Beaverdam Park and Gloucester Village

Beaverdam Park and Gloucester Village

Return to Beaverdam Park to hike along the western cove that winds near the shoreline, around small coves and tributaries and through wetlands and mature forests. Afterwards, take a short stroll through historic Gloucester. This is an easy 4-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.    $20      Course 33376
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

03/29 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

04/12 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.

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, April 12,  7 a.m.-4 p.m.  $32  Course 33381
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/19 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 19, 9 a.m.·-5 p.m.  $30  Course 33378
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

05/17 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 17,  9 a.m.-6 p.m.  $30  Course 33382
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/24 Mountain Meadow Hike

Mountain Meadow Hike
Start your 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.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 24,  8 a.m.-6 p.m.  $32  Course 33379
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735