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

03/19 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

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

05/21 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

 

06/28 Eco Adventure Camp – Three Rivers

Eco-Adventure Camp – Three Rivers
Paddle and explore the natural and cultural history of three rivers in Virqinia. Paddle a five-mile section of the Nottoway River,
part of the Chowan watershed, to experience a premier, coastal black water river with towering cypress and tupelo gum trees, resurrection ferns and banks of marine fossils. Next, head to the Piedmont to paddle a six-mile stretch of the James River near James River State Park. Part of the James River watershed, this section features riffles and small rapids along with clear pools to explore for macroinvertebrates. On the third day, paddle eight miles on the South Fork Shenandoah River, part of the Potomac River watershed. Kayak the meandering river, bordered by the Massanutten and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
For ages 12-14
Parks Maintenance Building, 9201 Public Works Road
Tuesday-Thursday, June 28-30      $225     Course 30553
Tuesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

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