Hikers Interest Group

Come with us and explore the wonders of nature: the breathtaking waterfalls, wildlife, various plants and vegetation, not to mention historic urban settings. Our hikes run from September through June and cover an array of venues from the Shenandoah National Park to urban hikes, and all points in between. Our hikes generally run between four and seven miles in length with varying degrees of difficulty and elevation change. We generally leave around 8 a.m. and return by 5 p.m. For more information, contact the group coordinator: Lex Bailey, alexander.neale.bailey@gmail.com.

All participants are required to sign a liability release form. Also, we strongly recommend that all participants complete and bring with them on the hike an Emergency Information Sheet. Upcoming hikes will be posted in the Osher Office and on the Osher website and announced to group members via email.

Spring 2021 Hike Schedule

Date Location
Thursday, January 21 Dutch Gap Conservation Area
Thursday, February 18 Forest Hill Park Trail/Reedy Creek Trail
Thursday, March 11 Old Rag Mountain
Thursday, April 8 Pocohontas State Park
Thursday, April 29 York River State Park
Thursday, May 20 Fluvanna Heritage Trail/Pleasant Grove Park

The end-of-season picnic will not be held this year due to the pandemic.

Guidelines for Hikers

  • You must be an Osher member or a guest of an Osher member to participate in a hike.
  • We will meet and depart promptly at the times stated in the hike email.
  • Please do not veer off or leave a hike without informing a member of the hiking committee.
  • We try to pick hikes that appeal to a wide range of hikers, but due to difficulty and elevation, may not be possible for all hikers.
  • For safety reasons and as a courtesy to the other hikers, everyone on the hike must be able to maintain a steady pace and stay with the group. All hikers will be required to sign release forms before departing for the hike.
  • There is generally a waiting list for hikers so if you find you cannot go on a hike, please inform Lex Bailey at alexander.neale.bailey@gmail.com ASAP so another person can fill your slot.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately for a day out of doors and wear comfortable shoes. A day pack and walking stick are recommended. Also, all hikers are strongly encouraged to carry a listing of emergency contact information.
  • The hiking committee is always looking for new ideas and members. If you would be interested in having a voice on hiking issues, please email Lex.