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Outdoor News Archives

Road Trip: Trail Riding is a Thrill at Freedom Park

Looking to get out of Richmond for a day of outstanding trail riding? Williamsburg isn’t far away and Freedom Park is a great place to ride a mountain bike. Located …

By Phil Riggan | February 24, 2017 | Posted In: Mountain Biking, Trail Running

Coming Soon: Downtown RVA Osprey Cam

Yesterday was an exciting day on the river for For a couple of years now we’ve batted around the idea of putting a camera on an osprey or eagle …

By Andy Thompson | February 21, 2017 | Posted In: Climbing, James River, Paddling, Uncategorized

Help Scientists Conserve Frogs and Toads at Maymont

One of my favorite harbingers of spring is listening for the chorus from a frog known as the spring peeper. Peepers inhabit forested wetlands where their tadpoles can thrive. One …

By Andy Thompson | February 13, 2017 | Posted In: Environment, Upcoming Events

Update: Progress for the James River in the General Assembly

The James River Association periodically sends out emails on their advocacy efforts in the General Assembly, and considering we’re about halfway through the current session, I figured we’re past due for …

By Andy Thompson | February 8, 2017 | Posted In: James River

RVA Environmental Film Fest in Full Swing

Yesterday, the 7th annual RVA Environmental Film Festival kicked off with events two movies at the Richmond Public Library. The fest runs through February 12th and ranges all over the …

By Andy Thompson | February 7, 2017 | Posted In: Upcoming Events

Enthusiastic Crowd Packs the House for Richmond Trail Forum

The first Richmond Trail Forum took place Wednesday night at the Byrd Park Round House before an enthusiastic overflow crowd of more than 100 people. Many identified themselves as cyclists, …

By Phil Riggan | February 2, 2017 | Posted In: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Running, Trail Running

JRA Accepting Applications for 7th Annual “Floating Classroom”

The James River Association is accepting applications for the 7th Annual James River Expedition, “a floating classroom” where students paddle down the 340-mile length of the James River. High school …

By Andy Thompson | February 1, 2017 | Posted In: James River, Upcoming Events

Va. State Parks Stimulated Over $224 Million in Visitor Spending in 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia State Parks helped stimulate more than $224 million in visitor spending in 2016. The figure comes from a new economic impact report compiled by …

By Andy Thompson | January 31, 2017 | Posted In: Uncategorized

Will the Center of the Universe Become More Bike/Pedestrian Friendly?

I recently exchanged emails with Shihan Wijeyeratne, the Sports Backers‘ Community Engagement Coordinator. He alerted me to an event coming up that Ashland/greater Hanover residents (and those who think our …

By Andy Thompson | January 30, 2017 | Posted In: Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Upcoming Events

Art=Trails: Thanks, Richmond!

This weekend my wife and I took our kids out to Larus Park for a hike. Off Chippenham Parkway and Huguenot Road, Larus is an underused gem in Richmond’s park system. …

By Andy Thompson | January 26, 2017 | Posted In: Uncategorized

It’s Almost Time to ‘Shiver in the River’

Just a friendly reminder, that this Saturday you can join hundreds of crazy people who will voluntarily jump into the James River on a day when the high temperature is …

By Andy Thompson | January 25, 2017 | Posted In: James River, Upcoming Events

Dominion Riverrock Announces Music Lineup for 2017 Festival

Dominion Riverrock announced today the full list of music acts performing at this year’s festival. On Friday, May 19th, The SteelDrivers will take the stage at 8:30 p.m., and on …

By Andy Thompson | January 24, 2017 | Posted In: Upcoming Events

Potterfield Bridge Sees Huge Visitation Numbers in First Month

(Credit for main photo is Chris Johnson — vintage_RVA on Instagram.) If you missed it yesterday, the Times-Dispatch’s Ned Oliver reported that the new T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge saw …

By Andy Thompson | January 20, 2017 | Posted In: James River

Record Attendance for Virginia State Parks in 2016

A record number of visitors at Virginia State Parks in 2016 means that we’ve got a good thing going in the Commonwealth. Higher visitation translates to higher revenues and more …

By Phil Riggan | January 19, 2017 | Posted In: Environment

Prioritizing the James River at the General Assembly

The 2017 General Assembly Session kicked off last week, and our friends at the James River Association are hard at work speaking up for the James River and its watershed. …

By Andy Thompson | January 18, 2017 | Posted In: Environment, James River

Local Photog Captures Bald Eagles Sharing Pony Pasture Kill

Yesterday around 10 a.m. local photographer Chris Johnson, whose work we’ve featured here often, headed out to Pony Pasture in search of wildlife. He was in luck. About 40 yards …

By Andy Thompson | January 17, 2017 | Posted In: Environment, James River

Richmond Trails Forum to Address City’s Growing Outdoors Network

Richmond offers plenty of recreational choices for anyone who wants to get outdoors. Its network of trails is extremely popular and has helped bring several beneficial economic events to Richmond, including …

By Phil Riggan | January 15, 2017 | Posted In: Hiking, James River, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Upcoming Events

Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps Seeks Applicants

Got a kid into the outdoors? Applications are being accepted for two three-week summer sessions of the award-winning Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps. The application deadline is March 1. …

By Andy Thompson | January 14, 2017 | Posted In: Upcoming Events

The T Pot and the Future of Richmond’s Riverfront

I’ve been out to the new T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge on at least a half dozen occasions since it opened in early December, and it’s been packed every time — …

By Andy Thompson | January 11, 2017 | Posted In: James River

Baby, it’s Cold Outside (But Not Too Cold to ‘Shiver in the River’)

Considering the current polar weather we’re experience, it seems a perfect time to remind everyone that Richmond’s favorite polar plunge is approaching fast! The Shiver in the River at Historic Tredegar …

By Andy Thompson | January 9, 2017 | Posted In: James River, Upcoming Events
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