James River Water Levels

Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 4.27'
Flow: 2810 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 5:12pm
Low Tide: 11:48am

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Hike4Kids is Perfect Way to Spend a Fall Day

Andy Thompson

October 1, 2018 9:53am

Soon enough this warm, humid weather will dissipate, and I don’t know about you, but it can’t come soon enough.

Crisp. Of all the weather-related words — literally, all of them — crisp is my favorite. Crisp is flannel and camping and pumpkins and pumpkin beer and apples and apple cider and hard apple cider and outdoor fires. Crisp makes me want to get outside and stay there. If you feel similarly, and you want an excuse to get your family outside, too, join me at the Hike4Kids, the annual hike-athon fundraiser from our good friends at Blue Sky Fund, on Oct. 27th.

Last year over 200 participants chose three different distances — 3, 8, and 14 miles — all on trails in the James River Park System, started/finished at Virginia War Memorial, and generally had a blast. This year should be much the same.

All hikes start and end at the Virginia War Memorial. The after party features local food trucks and beer from Vasen Brewing. And your participation benefits an incredible non-profit dedicated to enriching the lives of Richmond’s inner-city kids through experiential outdoor education.

To learn more and register, click here. Then join me and my family for what hopefully will be a beautiful (and crisp) morning on the trails!

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?