Three people hike together through Fraser Preserve. In the foreground a yellow and green TNC trail blaze is nailed to the truck of a narrow tree, marking the way forward.
Fraser Preserve Explore the many natural habitats found in the Piedmont region. © Glenna Goldman / TNC


Fall in love with Virginia's natural areas. Join us this October for a guided hike. Learn about the plants, animals and history of these special places while enjoying Fall's colors.

Space is limited and registration is required. Email Jen Dalke, volunteer program manager at to RSVP.

Falls Ridge Preserve | Sunday, October 24 at 9 a.m.

Join TNC volunteer leader and naturalist, Sandy Weber for a hike around the travertine waterfalls at Falls Ridge Preserve in Montgomery County, just southeast of Blacksburg. We will explore the history, geology, plants and animals of the preserve. The hike around the falls is easy-to-moderate and takes about an hour. Space is limited.

Cumberland Marsh Preserve | Saturday, October 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Join TNC volunteer leader and naturalist, James Shelton for a hike at TNC's Cumberland Marsh Preserve in New Kent County, 30 miles east of Richmond. The preserve is a mixture of freshwater tidal marsh and wooded upland and provides habitat for wetland species and migrating waterfowl. The hike is easy-to-moderate. Space is limited.

Looking for more opportunities to get outside and connect with nature? Visit our Places We Protect page to find a TNC preserve near you or enjoy a hike at one of our partner sites.

McIntire Park Tree Tour | October 1, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Join this educational walking tour in McIntire Park with the City of Charlottesville's Urban Forester. McIntire Park is home to beautiful old trees, and also a variety of new plantings. Learn about different tree species, tree planting and tree care, and some of the challenges for trees in our city parks. The walk will take place on both paved and natural surface trails. Register.

Heyward Community Forest Hiking Tour | October 22, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Join this hiking tour with the City of Charlottesville's Parks and Trails Planner, and get an introduction to new trails on the Heyward Forest property adjacent to Ragged Mountain Natural Area. Learn about the natural history of this relatively new addition to the park system while enjoying the fall foliage. The hike takes place on natural surface trails and will cover about 2 miles with some hilly climbs. Register.