The club started back in 2011 as a Meetup group called False Cape Hikers. Eric founded it and had done countless miles in the beloved yet isolated park.
Lisa and I, Mike, found the club and were hooked. Eric bowed out as the organizer, passing the torch to Lisa. We expanded our scope to include Appalachia and the name was changed to Hampton Roads Hikers.
Then Lisa moved on to bigger things and asked me to be the organizer. I was working as a salesperson and trainer at a big gym.
It was the perfect hobby and a great way to network. Also, I knew that experts had deemed walking as the best exercise. Socializing and experiencing nature are both blessings as well.
Since 2011, we have done over 800 outings. Currently, we post 150 casual walks to mountain climbs annually.
Our club has always been on Meetup.com and still is. The site your viewing now is our first venture outside the Meetup format. To see the pictures and details of past events visit: Meetup.com/hampton-roads-hikers/
Our calendar has over 150 events per year on weekdays and weekends with morning, noon and evening start times.
Virginia Beach has the oceanfront, Lynnhaven Inlet and Virginia's Outer Banks at False Cape State Park.
Venturing into Chesapeake and Suffolk offers access to the Dismal Swamp, the Elizabeth, Nansemond and James Rivers.
Hampton has the jewel of Fort Monroe and Newport News boasts the largest city park in the region.
Our club also does regional hikes along the Application Trail, weekend trips to Virginia and North Carolina State Parks and has ventured as far as Twisted Falls in the Smokie Mountains of Tennessee.