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2024 Spring Guided Hikes: Rivers Bend – Sold Out

April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$5 – $15
Graphic reading Spring Guided Hikes: Rivers Bend

Guided Hike

Rivers Bend

Friday, April 19, 2024

1:00pm – 4:00pm


Earth Day is just around the corner from our April Guided Hike!

Come learn about the natural features of the River’s Bend conservation easement and hopefully spot some spring peeper frogs through a guided hike led by Chesterfield County Naturalist, Mark Battista, and CRLC Land Stewardship Manager, Ashely Mounlton.


Rivers Bend, formally known as The Rivers Bend Land LLC conservation easement, was officially created in December of 2017 and covers 180 acres of the former River’s Bend Golf Course. The property contains over a mile of shoreline along the James River in Chesterfield County and has over 2 miles of trails that are open to public use.The easement was recorded after the golf course closed, allowing CRLC to permanently protect the scenic views afforded to the public from Henricus Historical Park/Dutch Gap Conservation area of the downstream James River. Over 85 acres of wetland habitat are protected under the easement, adding to the health of the James River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.

Spring Peeper. Credit: Jeff Beane, Virginia DWR

Spring Peeper. Photo by Jeff Beane, Virginia DWR.

You know spring has arrived in Virginia with the sounds of the Spring Peeper’s call. Triggered by longer daylight and the first warm spells of the year, male spring peepers begin their “peeping”-like call to attract a female. The breeding typically occurs statewide from late February through June in wet meadows, roadside ditches, wet forests, and small spring pools. The Rivers Bend conservation easement is a spring peeper’s paradise.


This is an easy-level 2-3 mile hike around the property, mainly staying on the former cart paths of the former Rivers Bend Golf Course, although the route could be muddy or uneven. Participants are advised to wear comfortable, sturdy hiking shoes/boots, sun protection, and bring water, plus a light snack if desired.

Space is limited attendees for everyone’s safety and enjoyment.