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Pocahontas State Park Hosts Camping Programs with REI

Andy Thompson

July 24, 2018 2:03pm

REI will facilitate an all-women campout at Pocahontas State Park, Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5. The weekend is packed with educational lessons and recreational opportunities led by some expert outdoorswomen from  REI and is a perfect opportunity for beginners and enthusiasts to network with like-minded women, find an adventure buddy, or spend some quality time outside.

Camping…it’s in tents. (Get it?)

The campout begins at noon on Saturday. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the park however they choose: kayak, SUP and canoe rentals will be available for $5 per hour, and REI will have several guided programs available including their essential camping skills class and an intro to mountain biking with some bikes provided. Campers will be responsible for their own dinner, but the evening will wrap up with a s’mores bar and an informal campfire discussion led by a representative from Outdoor Women’s Alliance.

Not related to the program but worth noting, The Original Rhondels will be performing live
music at the park amphitheatre from 7-10 p.m. that night. Concert tickets are $7. Sunday morning, REI staff will lead a yoga class and guided trail run followed by a pancake breakfast with coffee and tea. Those interested can register at: https://www.rei.com/event/rei-
womens-campout/chesterfield/207239. Registration will close three days prior to the event and space is limited.

On a similar note, a family campout is scheduled for Pocahontas SP on October 27-28 to introduce parents and their children to the outdoors while also providing them with some additional support from park staff and REI experts on things they might not feel 100% comfortable with. Register at: https://www.rei.com/events/87874/rei-family-campout-at-pocahontas-state-park.

For information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to reserve one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call th e Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?