The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Brock Environmental Center will be giving our group a tour of this green building. Donations are accepted the day of for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation who built this influential structure... 

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 at 10:45 a.m.
Sunday- Jan. 21st, 2018- 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Yorktown is packed with historical sites, tales of soldiers and sailors past plus we will visit the cave where Cornwallis was said to have hidden from colonial forces.

We will trod up the hill to the five mile hiking trail before settling into lunch along the waterfront.​

Wednesday June 27th 6pm-8pm

This is about 5 miles so we will keep a pace of 3.5 mph through about 70% sandy pathways to finish by sunset.
Our route will start by heading out to the beach. Then to the inlet.
Finishing at Pleasure House Point for the sunset on the Lynnhaven River.

Thursday- June 21st 4pm-6pm

We begin from the Chrysler Glass Studio and trek through the Freemason, Waterside, Downtown, and Ghent districts. This 5-mile walk will have plenty of distractions. 

Sunday-June 24th at 6am

Have you taken the time to experience Appalachia? Here is a chance to do so.
It is a strenuous 8 miles with a rock slide near the end of the route.
We will be walking up increasingly steep switchbacks as we pass the six falls along the canyon.

 Hike Spy Rock, Crabtree Falls, White Rock Falls and stay 2 nights in a mountain chalet.
 

Join us for our 5th annual Nelson County weekend.

 Four meals will be provided for participants who can opt for private or shared accommodations.

This trip includes:

  • 2 nights accommodations.

  • 4 meals.

  • 3 Guided hikes in Nelson County (Crabtree Falls, Spy Rock, and White Rock Falls).

Friday, June 29th 

Crabtree Trio

Participants can opt for private rooms or share the 2-bed loft.

Northwest River Park

Saturday- May 26th at 10:45 am

 Northwest River Park 1733 Indian Creek Rd. Chesapeake 

   Come paddle with us beneath a canopy of trees in the calm waters of Northwest River Park.

Participants will have the option of alternating

1 mile hikes with 1 mile paddles.

This is a great way to get some exercise and have

fun while doing it. Our group has done this many times.

Paddlers will get basic instruction(if needed)

and be guided through the myriad of creeks in the park. 

The rental of canoes, paddles and life vests

this event.with will be included.

 

 

 

Sunday, July 22 2018- 9 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Walk the soothing Osprey Trail for 5 miles at 3 mph before settling down along shaded broad bay beaches for lunch. Burgers, buns and charcoal will be on hand so bring a side dish or cold beverages.
This is a great location to relax in the shade or the sun and swim in the cool waters of broad bay.​

 

Sunday, August 5th 2018- 11 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

 This Park has mostly flat and wide wooded trails and hikers will see ramparts still in place from battles past. We have mapped out a 5.26 mile route that takes us to George Washington's Headquarters and back.
 We will find the spring that supplied Gen. George Washington's Army with water at the edge of Newport News Park and the Yorktown Battlefield.

Wednesday- Aug. 15th 6:00pm p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

The City of Virginia Beach has wisely created another public natural space for walking, fishing and reconnecting with nature at Lake Smith. Participants are expected to keep a 3.5 mph pace over mostly flat trails. This plot has many old trees. Plus a manicured and mapped out trail.Every path in the park should be 3 miles, we will hit them all.

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Saturday- Aug. 18th 10:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Experience Nansemond Culture.
Hike the riverfront trails of the reservation.
Spend a day exploring Chuckituck Creek in North Suffolk.
The Nansemond Tribal Association is having its 30th annual Powwow. Our group loved the family-friendly event last year.

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Sunday, August 19th 6:00 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Participants need to complete the qualifier at First Landing before doing this hike.
I will be taking my van and can take six other people. We have to stay together when hiking at Old Rag. To traverse this path hikers will walk the first two miles uphill and through switchbacks.

 

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Friday-Oct. 12th thru Sunday Oct. 14th

We will conquer Spy Rock.

We will climb Crabtree Falls.

We will explore White Rock Falls.

Experience the hiking mecca of Nelson County Virginia while the fall foliage colors are at their peak.

Stay in comfort at a chalet near Crabtree Falls, situated along the Tyre River.

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Sunday, October 7th 9:30 a.m.-12:00p.m.

Come paddle with us beneath a canopy of trees in the calm waters of Northwest River Park.
Inexperienced paddlers will get basic instruction and be guided through the myriad of creeks and trails..
The canoes, paddles and life vests will be provided for this outing for 8 dollars per hour by the City of Chesapeake.

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Thursday September 27th 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

This hike will be 8 miles at 3+ mph with only one break at the top.
For new hikers who want to hike in Appalachia in the months to come, this is a qualifying hike. Carrying a suitable day pack for mountain trekking is required to qualify.
This hike is meant to be challenging. Hikers should come prepared to walk a brisk 8 miles.

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Sunday November 11th at 1:00 pm

Recharge with a fire cooked meal after hiking the wetlands of Sandy Bottom Nature Preserve.

Cooking of our campfire cuisine in the campground follows a six-mile hike through Sandy Bottom. There will be optional hands-on instruction on how to cook using a fire and a few simple items.

Ghent- Freemason-Old Town
Sunday-July 29th, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

  This five mile guided walk includes tours of the Ghent and Freemason neighborhoods in Norfolk and Old Towne in Portsmouth. Our guide will cover the early history of these two cities along with significant homes and public buildings therein. 

Lunch is provided on this outing

 Begin the day with a ferry boat ride across the Elizabeth River as our guide covers the early history of Norfolk and Portsmouth.

  In Portsmouth’s Old Town learn the history behind some beautifully restored homes and the original town square on high street.

 We take the one o’clock boat back across and walk the river to the Freemason District, past Christ and Saint Luke’s Church, to the Chrysler Museum for the story of the Norfolk Mace and into the Moses Myers House.

  There are many sites and stories packed into our itinerary...

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Saturday December 8th at 1:00 pm

Hike the West Neck Natural Area after hearing the story of one of Princess Anne County's most tenacious warriors, James Howard Whitehurst.
Resigning his studies at VMI in 1862 to enlist as a private in the Confederate Army, Whitehurst was twice wounded and returned to the fight twice in turn.​

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Saturday December 1st at 1:00 pm

Explore the trails, discover fossils and experience the agricultural museum at Chippokes State Park.
This park is a quiet gem in Surry, Va. There are farm animals, including a very charming billygoat. Best of all a beach laden with fossils. Our group has found a few sharks teeth over the years but locals are often seen with bags full of them.

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Sunday December 2nd at 1:00 pm

The challenge and object of the hike will be to traverse as many of the elaborate and modern East Beach streets as possible without repeating any streets.

Participants must begin at our designated spot and end at the same place within the 90-minute time limit.

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Waterfalls and Fall Colors in Nelson County, Va

We will climb Crabtree Falls.
We will explore White Rock Falls.
Experience the hiking mecca of Nelson County Virginia while the fall foliage colors are at their peak.
Stay in comfort at a chalet near Crabtree Falls, situated along the Tyre River.
Connect with the heart of Appalachia on this weekend adventure.

About the hikes:
All of these trails are 20 minutes or less from our chalet.

Spy Rock- 5-mile round trip with a steep trail to the top rewards hikers with a panoramic view of Appalachia. The fall colors should be at there peak when we get there.

Crabtree Falls- Said to be the highest falls in Appalachia the terraced trail is short 3.6 miles round trip, but quite steep and challenging.

White Rock Falls-2.5 mile round trip to lower falls with spur trail to the top and terraced falls below.

The view from Spy Rock

We stay at Barb's Chalet

Crabtree Falls

This outing includes 4 meals and 2 nights at Barb's Chalet.

Hikers will have to follow a pre-set trail of scent to complete a loop through the myriad of trails. The canopy and thick ground vegetation make this a great place for this primal tour of the timbers...

Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Our guide will give a narrative covering the 400 year history of this strategically placed stronghold  followed by a 5 mile jaunt around the island...

Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at 10:45 a.m.

 Pay it forward a little on New Year's Eve. We are doing a 6-7 mile loop along the Chesapeake Bay, Lynnhaven Inlet and back through the neighborhood.

 Our route takes us through the Pleasure House Point Natural Area and from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to the Lesner Bridge...

Sunday- December 31st, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

 The challenge and object of the hike will be to traverse as many of the elaborate streets as possible without repeating any streets.
 Participants must begin at our designated spot and end at the same place within the 90-minute time limit. Trod through the fort and nearby mansions and barracks as each hiker or small group 
navigate using a smartphone. Winner gets a $20 gift certificate to Ozzlefince Brewery.

Saturday- Mar. 10th, 2018- 12:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

The challenge and object of the hike will be to traverse as many of the elaborate and modern East Beach streets as possible without repeating any streets.Participants must begin at our designated spot and end at the same place within the 90 minute time limit...

Saturday- Mar. 6th, 2018- 12:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

This Park has mostly flat and wide wooded trails and hikers will see ramparts still in place from battles past. We have mapped out a 5.26 mile route that takes us to George Washington's Headquarters and back.

Saturday- Mar. 15th, 2018- 6:30p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

This will be about four miles of flat urban terrain with plenty of distractions.
Our venture will go through the Pagoda Garden and wind down the waterfront past Otter Creek and into Townpoint Park.
Crossing the breezeway over Waterside Drive and out Granby.
A left turn on Olney routes us through Stockley Gardens before crossing the pedestrian bridge over the Hauge leading back to the museum.

Saturday- Mar. 17th, 2018- 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

We will hike along the shore to Ragged Island and beyond. 

This is a great place to bring your dog.

We have hiked here in every season and spring is the best time.

This venture could take an hour or up to two hours. Depending on the conditions and the group. It's out and back (4 miles max).

Saturday- Mar. 18th, 2018- 1:45 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Vickie is a local gem and we can't wait to learn more from her...
Join us as we stroll the grounds and identify wild herbs. Find out which plants have been used traditionally for making teas, how to prepare them, and their nutritional and health benefits.

Saturday- Mar. 18th, 2018- 9:00 a.m.- 1200 p.m.

The Elizabeth River Trail is a hidden gem that cuts through the heart of Norfolk.
Visit http://elizabethrivertrail.com/ to see an interactive map of the ERT.
Our journey will begin at the Larchmont Library and take us through several parks, the ODU campus, West Ghent and Chelsea, over the Midtown Tunnel along the old Atlantic City spur rail line, past the Pagoda and Oriental Garden into Freemason and downtown Norfolk.

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583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story 

Virginia Beach, VA

 

Get a glimpse inside Virginia Beach's most enduring landmark. Climb to the top of Americas FIRST public works project. Learn the history of the Cape Henry Lighthouse.

The 266-year-old beacon inspires amazement and pride. Guiding global commerce into the Chesapeake Bay since first lit in 1792.

Our outing includes admission to the lighthouse and a guided tour covering its commission, construction, and significance.

After the tour, we will head over to First Landing for a relaxing 5-mile trek out to the Narrows and back.

September 1st at 10:30 a.m.
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USS Gerald Ford exiting the Chesapeake Bay, viewed from the Cape Henry Lighthouse, 2016.

Photos from previous Cape Henry Lighthouse Tours with HRH

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Saturday, Sept. 22nd
11:45p.m.-3:00p.m.

Learn to Stand-Up-Paddleboard from experts. See Rudee Inlet from a new perspective and paddle the wetlands.
The tour I did with VB Surf Sessions a couple of weeks ago was outstanding.
We meandered along inside Rudee Inlet and explored the wetland creeks. The blue-green herons flew right next to us and we saw a bald eagle scooping up fish.
Virginia Beach Surf Sessions will provide extra wide/stable paddleboards and professional instruction for beginners.​

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Rudee Inlet

Learn to Stand-Up-Paddleboard from experts. See Rudee Inlet from a new perspective and paddle the wetlands.

The tour I did with VB Surf Sessions a couple of weeks ago was outstanding.

We meandered along inside Rudee Inlet and explored the wetland creeks. The blue-green herons flew right next to us and we saw a bald eagle scooping up fish.
 

 August and September Outings

Virginia Beach Surf Sessions will provide extra wide/stable paddleboards and professional instruction for beginners. Our guide will teach us about the equipment and proper technics before we launch. This is a two-hour paddle with plenty of time for instruction. Beach Bully lunch option afterward.

Meet at Owl Creek Boat Ramp on General Booth Blvd. in Virginia Beach(next to the aquarium). Usually, the parking lot is full by noon but there is a huge lot across the street from the aquarium at the stoplight. Please allow an extra 15 minutes to park and walk over to the boat ramp.

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Owl Creek Boat Ramp

717 General Booth Blvd.

Virginia Beach

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Saturday November 10th at 2:00 pm

If you have never seen the Emancipation Oak or heard this part of the story of the African American people it's truly amazing.

The story of this tree and the "Freedom Fort", during the Civil war, conveys a courageous and resilient people who helped forge our nation despite overwhelming obsticals. The tree has been lovingly cared for since the Civil War and is sacred.

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Saturday November 17th at 10:00 am

Burn off a little pumpkin pie, take the full tour of First Landing State Park. Tred the waterfront trails and the hilly interior as we walk the park end to end and back.

This workout is for hikers who are fit, can handle a four-hour 12-mile trek.

Bring a lunch in your pack, we will stop along the beach to refuel.

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Saturday November 25th at 1:00 pm

Take time to traverse this neat loop in suburbia. Oak Grove Park has a popular trail that circles Oak Grove Lake. We will do 4-1.3 mile laps in 2 hours.

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Saturday November 18th at 11:45 am

 Go inside what has been called the greenest building in the world.
See the building of the future.
Hike the Lynnhaven Inlet and the Chesapeake Bay.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has transformed the bay to a state of health over the past 40 years. Part of that continuing process includes an innovative construction model for green buildings.

This is a well groomed and popular loop. We will complete the 5 mile round trip at 3+ mph which should take about an hour and a half... 

Saturday- December 30th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

 Hikers will have to follow a pre-set trail of scent to complete a loop through the myriad of trails at the south end of the park.  Then we stretch it out for a 5 mile excursion over to Sandy Bottom's wetlands and back...  

Saturday- January 14th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Saturday- Mar. 10th, 2018  12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Come paddle with us beneath a canopy of trees in the calm waters of Northwest River Park. Paddlers will get basic instruction(if needed) and be guided through the myriad of creeks in the park.  Participants will have the option of alternating 1 mile hikes with 1 mile paddles...

Appilachia Quallifier
Saturday- Feb. 3rd, 2018- 11:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

 This hike will be 8 miles at 3+ mph with only one break at the top.
 For new hikers who want to hike in Appalachia in the months to come, this is a qualifying hike. Carrying a suitable daypack for mountain trekking is required to qualify.
 This hike is meant to be challenging. Hikers should come prepared to walk a brisk 8 miles.

 

Saturday- Feb,24th, 2018- 12:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

We will be walking on mostly wooded trails along the lake at 3+ mph.
The trail has plenty of small hills and a giant TeePee out on the small peninsula in the lake. Our out and back to the TeePee are about 6 miles. There is an option to go further around the other side of the lake.

Saturday- Mar. 10th, 2018  12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Come paddle with us beneath a canopy of trees in the calm waters of Northwest River Park. Paddlers will get basic instruction(if needed) and be guided through the myriad of creeks in the park.  Participants will have the option of alternating 1 mile hikes with 1 mile paddles...

Saturday- Jan. 27th, 2018- 6:00 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

High Bridge Trail State Park is the old rail line that runs through Farmville, Va. We will do a four mile shuttle hike from River Road to the town of Rice.

Then over to Twin Lakes State Park to traverse the four mile Otter's Path Trail which winds around the lakes.​

Sunday- Feb. 4th, 2018- 11:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

 Grandview Nature Preserve is a stunning and recently untouched stretch of coastline in Hampton. The round trip here is 7 miles through 97% sand and is challenging. Two and a half to three hours is the norm. There are usually conch to be found and often an awesome view of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Back River Lighthouse once stood here and the base is still visible.

Saturday- Feb,17th, 2018- 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

The southeast end of the Cape Henry Trail, where we will be hiking, has just a few small hills along our 5 mile mostly waterfront route...

Sunday- March 11th, 2018 9:45 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Hikers who want to camp this season should love this event and those camping at False Cape in April can get a preview of the park. Vickie Shufer will be leading this event. She knows False Cape edibles like no one else. Develop basic survival skills while hiking and exploring the maritime forest, dunes, and marshes at False Cape State Park.

Saturday- March 24th, 2018 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Historic Saint Luke's Church in Smithfield is an ancient and tranquil place.

This outing includes:

  • Guided tour inside the 481-year-old Historic Saint Luke’s Church

  • Admittance to the Living History Festival on the church grounds with Civil War reenactments, period vendors, food and more.

  • Guided hike 4 miles through Windsor Castle Park and Main Street in Smithfield.

  • $20 gift certificate for Wharf Hill Brewery.

Saturday- Mar. 21st, 2018- 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

The City of Virginia Beach has wisely created another public natural space for walking, fishing and reconnecting with nature at Lake Smith. Participants are expected to keep a 3.5 mph pace over mostly flat trails. This plot has many old trees. Plus a manicured and mapped out trail.Every path in the park should be 3 miles, we will hit them all.

Saturday- Mar. 25th, 2018- 11:00a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Mackay (pronounced Mak-ee) Island National Wildlife Refuge is just outside the Virginia state line near the Blackwater section in southern Virginia Beach.
An automobile ferry from Currituck County Courthouse to Knott's Island will take us to the refuge and it's free.
The hike is 6-8 miles on unshaded causeways.

Saturday- Mar. 28th, 2018- 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

This section of First Landing borders the Chesapeake Bay. Starting on the neighborhood path we eventually head north through the campground and to the state park's beach.
Our return trip is down the beach..
Sunset at around 7:30 p.m. requires us to complete the 4-mile route in 1.5 hours.

March 2018