May 20, 2024

Modest Ambles: Petersburg Battlefield Eastern Front & Ashton Creek Vineyard (Day Hike, 4-6 Miles, Easy)

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Saturday, 01/13/2018

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Petersburg Battlefield National Park (Eastern Front)

Sometimes we want to hike in the woods, but don’t want to drive 2+ hours. Sometimes we don’t want to get up early. This is a new series of hikes that are not too far and not too close; not too long and not too short. We call them ‘Modest Ambles’. Let’s explore these during the winter months and keep in practice.

This is a great 6-mile hike that is mostly shaded on both sides, has good constant elevation gain and loss, and has plenty of turns to keep you focused on the trail. One exposed section is a tight single-track with a view of Taylor Farm and the site of Fort Morton remains.  Part of the hike might be closed during eagle nesting, so we might need to detour – was open when I went.

The return time is approximate. If you have plans that require you to be back in Richmond at a specific time, please communicate this prior to carpooling with someone, or consider choosing a different hike.

Since these are shorter hikes let’s combine them with visits to local wineries for tastings and bon vivanterie… Ashton Creek is just a few minutes away on the ride back, and tastings are $10 pp.

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