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

01/23 Bushwhacking the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area

Bushwhacking the Brown & Williamson Conservation Area
Bushwhack and explore the 500 acre conservation area along the James River. Find the eagle nest, clues that reveal the story of the land, skunk cabbage and vernal pools. Have lunch in the hollow, then trek to the bluff that overlooks the James River. This will be an adventurous three-mile hike involving lots of bushwhacking and some stream crossings. Minimum age is 10.
Henricus Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, Jan. 23,   10 a.m.-2 p.m.   $3    Course 30526
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/07 Trekking through Brown and Williamson Conservation Area

Trekking through the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area

Use a map and compass to navigate your way through the 500-acre
conservation area. Find the eagle nest, clues that reveal the story of
the land, skunk cabbage and vernal pools. Have lunch in the hollow,
then navigate to the bluff that overlooks the James River. This will be
an adventurous three-mile hike involving bushwhacking and stream crossings.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.          $3              Course 29403
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

02/13 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

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

03/07 Explore the Appomattox River Valley

Explore the Appomattox River Valley
Begin your journey at the Radcliffe Conservation Area. Hike along the northern boundary to roam along the bluff, along small wetlands, rock outcropping and some stream crossings. Reunite with the River Trail and continue down river for lunch at the abutment dam. Return along the River Trail. This will be an adventurous 2.5-3 mile hike.
Radcliffe Conservation Area and Canoe Launch, 21501 Chesdin Road
Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.      $3    Course 30527
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

03/12 Walnut Creek Park

Walnut Creek Park 

Trek along a two-mile and a one-mile loop to explore the southeast
corner of Walnut Creek Park. The trail treads along the lake shoreline,
the South Fork of the Hardware River and along Walnut Creek. This
will be an easy to moderate three-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.              $20           Course 29558
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/13 Let’s Go on a Shamrock Hunt!

Let’s Go on a Shamrock Hunt!
Come make your own shamrock and listen to a leprechaun story before going on a shamrock hunt in the forest. Follow the Shamrock Trail to the leprechaun’s surprise pot where everyone Will get a special surprise I For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardran.
Sunday, March 13,    3-4, p.m.    $5    Course 30592
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

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

03/19 Chubb Sandhill

Chubb Sandhill 

Stroll an easy three-mile hike to explore part of the Chubb Sandhill
State Natural Area Preserve. Head to the banks of the Nottoway
River to admire the bald cypress and tupelo swamp, then head
inland into a pine-scrub oak forest where rare plants grow. Also, see
reintroduced long leaf pines and the remnants of sand mining. This is
an easy three-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 19, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.          $17          Course 29559
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.

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

03/28 Cumberland Forest and Willis River Hike

Cumberland Forest and Willis River Hike

Start at Winston Lake and ramble on the Cumberland Multi-Use Trail,
forest roads and a section of the Willis River Trail to complete a fivemile
loop through the 16,222-acre forest. The trail carves through
mixed hardwood forest and riparian habitats. This is an easy hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.              $30                   Course 29412
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

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

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

04/23 Belle Isle State Park

Belle Isle State Park 

Head to Lancaster County to stroll the forests, fields and wetlands of
Belle Island State Park. Journey along multiple trails hemmed in by the
Rappahannock River, Mulberry Creek and Deep Creek. This will be an
easy four-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, April 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.           $30               Course 29400
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/23 Frog Hunt

Frog Hunt
Enjoy Rockwood Park in the evening as we try and spot, or hear, as many of the local frogs and toads as we can. Learn a little bit about declining amphibian populations and enJoy listening to the early sounds of spring. Bring a headlamp and comfortable walking shoes to go on a frog hunt.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 23,    6-8:30 p.m.    $5     Course 30576
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/25 Riprap Hollow Hike

Riprap Hollow Hike

Hike the southern section of Shenandoah National Park for
sweeping vistas from Chimney Rock and Calvary Rocks. Descend
into Cold Spring and Riprap Hollows and past the swimming hole.
Return along Wildcat Ridge and the Appalachian Trail. This is a long,
moderate 9.5-mile hike with 2,225 feet of elevation gain.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.             $35                 Course 29401
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

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

06/17 Adventure Sampler

Adventure Sampler
Begin your summer with an Introduction to adventure! This three-day camp will sample a variety of adventure activities including rockclimbing/rappelling, white water paddling/rafting and mountainbiking. For ages 13-15. Drop off and pickup will be at Rockwood Park.
Wednesday – Friday, June 22-24,   8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.        $180             Course 30653
Details: Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov or 804-748-1129

 

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

07/12 Eco-Adventure Camp – From Ocean to Mountains

Eco-Adventure Camp-From Ocean to Mountains
Hike, paddle and pedal through the rich and diverse environments of Virginia. Paddle the Blackwater River, where cypress trees and resurrection ferns grow and marine fossils reveal an ancient ocean. Pedal through the remote False Cape State Park, a barrier spit in southern Vrrginia Beach. Finally, hike along and explore the Riprap Hollow in Shenandoah National Park and plunge in the crystal-blue swimming hole. For ages 12-14.
Parks Maintenance Building, 9201 Public Works Road
Tuesday-Thursday, July 12-14    $200    Course 30525
Tuesday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

07/26 Youth Adventure Camp

Youth Adventure Camp
Spend three adventure-filled days exploring Virginia’s wild places. Try stand up paddle boarding with Black Dog Paddling on the James River experience the challenge course then raft the James River with Riverside Outfitters, kayak a local river and hike in the Shenandoah mountains. For ages 10-12. Drop off and pickup will be at Rockwood Park.
Tuesday – Thursday, July 26-28,  8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.    $180   Course 30672  
Details: Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov or 804-748-1129