Welcome to RichmondOutside.com, your gateway to Central Virginia’s outdoor possibilities. If you’ve lived in the area for any period of time, you know a website like this is long overdue.If you’re new to the Richmond area or in town visiting, and you’re into the outdoors, you really are in luck.
Richmond is the only large urban area in America with Class IV (and sometimes V) whitewater in city limits — and it’s right downtown. It’s one of only two state capitals in the lower 48 where bald eagles nest. It boasts a world-class blue catfish fishery, very respectable smallmouth bass fishing, a giant great blue heron rookery, one of America’s top 10 road races by participation (the Monument Avenue 10K) and what is quickly becoming recognized as some of the best urban singletrack in the U.S., drawing mountain bikers, trail runners, dog walkers and birders from all over the region.
And all that is within a 10-minute drive of downtown. Further afield, but not much further, there’s Pocahontas State Park, at 8,000 acres the Virginia State Park System’s largest; there’s urban trout fishing in places like Richmond’s Byrd Park and Henrico County’s Dorey Park; there’s the area’s only pump track for mountain bikers in Hanover County’s Washington-Lacy Park and some of the best road bike rides in the region start and end in nearby Ashland.
Frankly, we have it good here in Central Virginia, and with this website, we aim to show it all to you. Our goal is to be a one-stop shop for any and all information you’ll need to go hiking, biking, birding, kayaking, fishing and everything in between in the area. You can search the site by “Destination” or “Activity,” and we hope you’ll find exactly what you need. If not, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what we’ve missed.
Being a clearinghouse for outdoors information is just one part of the RichmondOutside.com mission. We want to keep you coming back with original content — regular features, a news blog and our calendar of events. If it’s happening in Central Virginia, we’ll be on top of it. We’ll need your help with that, too. Feel free to suggest an article topic. Or maybe you want to write one yourself. Saw a coyote in James River Park? Piloted Hollywood Rapid for the first time in a kayak? Spotted a whitetail deer crossing the James? Write it up and send it in. Photos, too: Got a great shot of a beaver doing work at Powhite Park or a red fox stalking through Deep Run Park? We’d love to see them.
Same thing with the calendar. If you’re organizing a 5K, a triathlon, a fishing tournament, or a litter cleanup and you want people to participate, click on the calendar and submit your event. If you’re looking for a race, a climbing lesson or a group paddle, you’ll find the calendar an indispensable resource.
So, there you have it. Central Virginia has much to offer the outdoors enthusiast and it is — or soon will be — all here at RichmondOutside.com.