60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg Guide Book

by Nathan Lott (Menasha Ridge Press)
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Richmond Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg  by Nathan Lott

338pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 9780897327084

Hikers in Richmond and central Virginia enjoy a surprising array of choices. They have their pick of urban parks, suburban greenways, and more-bucolic settings; of tidal wetlands, rolling hills, and riparian forest; of Colonial homes, Civil War battlefields, and state parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. All this exists despite a dearth of public land. While national forest blankets the western mountains of Virginia, public land in the Tidewater and the Piedmont is at a premium (largely because the region was divvied up by royal land grants in the 17th and 18th centuries). There is no shortage of guidebooks devoted to the trails of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Trails from the "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.
... Preview: The 2,217-acre Amelia Wildlife Management Area (WMA) encompasses forest, rolling fields, and wide hedgerows that offer great bird-watching. The 100-acre Amelia Lake and a smaller pond entice anglers w ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Chula, VA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 6.1
... Preview: Though it does rely on gravel forest roads to make a complete loop, Carter-Taylor Multi-use Trail features long stretches of single-track. Three stream crossings entail some ups and downs, but the gen ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Toga, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.9
... Preview: This compact jaunt showcases the natural beauty of the park’s eastern woodlands. Birds linger on the marshy eastern periphery of Bear Creek Lake, and hardwoods tower over Little Bear Creek. You can al ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Richmond, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.9
... Preview: This route begins on Beaverdam Park’s nature trail, then joins its hiking path to trace the southeastern arm of Beaverdam Reservoir, bisecting numerous stream-fed marshes along the way. A return leg a ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Gloucester County, VA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.8
... Preview: In the James River, near the heart of the city, Belle Isle is a de rigueur Richmond outing, augmented here by a short stroll around Brown’s Island, itself a popular, parklike destination on the north ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Richmond, VA - Birding,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2.7
... Preview: Surrounded by water on three sides, Belle Isle State Park is a boon for anyone looking to cast off or cast a line into the Rappahannock River and its tributaries. However, at 733 acres, the park is al ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Richmond, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.3
... Preview: Surrounded by water on three sides, Belle Isle State Park is a boon for anyone looking to cast off or cast a line into the Rappahannock River and its tributaries. However, at 733 acres, the park is al ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Farnham, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
... Preview: Though not long, the trail at Bush Mill Stream is a valued resource for denizens of Virginia’s Northern Neck. Bring binoculars for birdwatching or a picnic lunch to enjoy on your leisurely descent thr ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Weedonville, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: A series of interconnected loops, the network of hiking trails at Caledon State Park and Natural Area is easily customized to a shorter loop or figure eight. This loop descends through oaks to wind al ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Falmouth, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
... Preview: The mostly flat 5,217 acres of Chickahominy WMA do not include a trail along the namesake river. Nevertheless, a network of grassy doubletrack offers multiple out-and-back options, and gravel roads pr ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Chickahominy River, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.3
... Preview: The pastoral environs of Chippokes Plantation State Park are positively evocative. It’s easy to imagine Native Americans paddling a canoe through the lush wetlands where Chippokes Creek meets the Jame ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Jamestown, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.0
... Preview: Dug in at Cold Harbor, Confederate forces repulsed the Union advance toward Richmond in a protracted engagement that left 16,000 men dead. The victory amounted to a stay of execution for the besieged ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Richmond, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.0
... Preview: Crump Park is a window into Henrico County’s past, often overshadowed by the county’s ongoing suburban boom. Admittedly, the park’s trails are secondary to its historical resources, but they are a wel ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Glen Allen, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.9
... Preview: The blufftop trail at 1,193-acre Cumberland Marsh is a bird-watcher’s delight. The grassy islands and still waters of Holts Creek are a valuable stopover for migratory waterfowl traveling the Atlantic ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
New Kent, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
... Preview: Though it does rely on gravel forest roads to make a complete loop, the Cumberland Multiuse Trail (CMT) features long stretches of singletrack. A creekside picnic shelter near Winston Lake and subsequ ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Cumberland, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.4
... Preview: Shrouded in suburbs, Deep Run Park is a welcome retreat, and the throngs of families, dogwalkers, and couples who flock here on sunny weekends attest to its popularity. The centerpiece of Deep Run Par ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Glen Allen, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
... Preview: Just south of Richmond International Airport, Dorey Park is a model county park. The well-maintained facilities cater to a range of interests, from T-ball to horseback riding. By combining a strol ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Richmond National Battlefield Park, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.1
... Preview: The 810-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area abuts Henricus Historical Park (see page 70), site of an English settlement just four years younger than Jamestown. The area’s present topography bears the sca ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Richmond National Battlefield Park, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
... Preview: A descent from the eastern trailhead to a pebbled shoal on the Rivanna River affords hikers an up-close encounter with the waterway they will only glimpse through the trees for most of this out-and-ba ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
Palmyra, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.7
... Preview: The twists and turns along the park’s interconnected singletrack loops nod to the mountain bikers who first blazed the trail. A predominantly doubletrack multiuse path stays to higher ground and encir ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Richmond: Including Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg"
James City County, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3