#OptOutside Black Friday Walk

Just the name of this walk route makes it sound like the place to be on Black Friday to #OptOutside in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The Germanna Volkssport Association will be walking the Rappahannock Rambles! If you don’t want to miss it, be at Old Mill Park, 2201 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 at 9am. Contact Kay Shoemaker – sydnakay@yahoo.com to learn more about the fun that can be had on this walk.

In addition to the trail along the Rappahannock River, Old Mill Park and the Canal Path, the route takes you through a botanic garden and past many historic properties and monuments in Fredericksburg (including the famous Carl’s Ice Cream). #americaswalkingclub

Holiday Walk

When: Saturday, December 16

Times: Start any time between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Finish by 8 p.m.

Location: Spencer Devon Brewing, 106 George St, Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Cost: FREE to walk the trails. If desired, AVA/IVV credit is $3.  Donations are welcome! Event may be cancelled in severe weather.

Trails: 5K and 10K trails are available with a rating of 1A. Participants can complete 20K for no extra charge. Wheel chair and stroller accessible. Pets allowed on a leash.

Porter Fitness Trail

Start Point for Walk: Porter Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd, Stafford, VA, 22554 Phone: 540.659.4909

Directions: Directions: Stafford is north of Fredericksburg. Exit I‐95 at the Garrisonville exit,  north of Fredericksburg (143 B) and south of Washington D.C. (143 B).  Follow  Route 610/Garrisonville Rd west about 3 miles. At the stoplight for Parkway  Boulevard, turn left into the Park Ridge subdivision. Drive about 0.5 mile on  Parkway Boulevard, and you will see the Porter Branch on the left.   Open 9 am ‐‐ 9 pm M‐Th. 9 am ‐‐ 5:30 pm F‐Sa, and 1 pm ‐‐ 5:30 pm Su.  Closed Jan 1 and on most federal/state holidays. GPS: 38.464376, ‐77.446944

Description of walk: 5k or 10k or 15k

Walk through neighborhoods in Stafford County.  Both of which follow sidewalks  and bike paths along local residential streets and already enjoy a great deal of use  by fitness walkers and runners.    Rated 1A (very small hills, mostly on pavement; suitable for strollers and  wheelchairs

Rappahannock Rambles

Start Point for Walk: Fredericksburg Visitor Center, 706 Caroline St. Fredericksburg, VA Phone: 540.373.1776

Directions: I‐95 exit 130, Rt 3 East. Left on William St. following signs for Historic  Downtown. Right on Princess Anne. Left on Charlotte St 1 block to Visitor Center on  left at Caroline St. Free parking on Sophia, one block further toward river or pay  parking in garage on Wolfe St between Sophia and Caroline.  GPS: 38.300973, ‐77.457907  Visitor Center open daily 9 am – 5 pm Monday-Saturday, and 11 am – 5 pm Sunday.  Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Description of walk: 6k or 10k

The City of Fredericksburg recently completed a new paved trail along the banks of  the Rappahannock. The route will use this trail to go to the site of the Embrey Dam  and also along a canal path by the Snowden wetlands.   Carry water.   Rated 1A (very small hills, mostly on pavement; suitable for strollers and  wheelchairs

Fredericksburg Historic

Start Point for Walk: Fredericksburg Visitor Center, 706 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, 22401 Phone: 540.373.1776

Directions: I‐95 exit 130, Rt 3 East. Left on William St. following signs for Historic  Downtown. Right on Princess Anne. Left on Charlotte St 1 block to Visitor Center on  left at Caroline St. Free parking on Sophia, one block further toward river or pay  parking in garage on Wolfe St between Sophia and Caroline.  GPS: 38.300973, ‐77.457907  Visitor Center open daily 9 am – 5 pm Monday‐Saturday, and 11 am – 5 pm Sunday.  Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Description of walk: 5k or 10k

Walk through Fredericksburg, one of the most historic towns in America. Visit the  battlefield, along the Rappahannock River and University of Mary Washington  campus.    Rated 1A (very small hills, mostly on pavement; suitable for strollers and  wheelchairs

Historic Streetscapes

Start Point for walk: Culpeper Visitor Center 111 Commerce St,Culpeper, VA, 22701 Phone: 540.727.0611

 Directions: From Fredericksburg I-95 exit 130, Rt. 3 west 35 miles to  Culpeper. At 2nd traffic signal in Culpeper, right on Main St. then right on
Davis to visitor center. From D.C.: I66 West to exit 43A, Rt. 29 South. Follow
Rt. 29 for 45 miles thru Warrenton to first Culpeper exit – business 29. Follow business 29 for 3 miles into Town of Culpeper – Main St. Left at 3rd light on
Davis to visitor center at end.  Open daily, weekdays 8:30-5, weekends 9-5 Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and  New Year’s Day.  GPS: 38.472297, ‐77.99360

Description of walk: 5k or 10k

The uniqueness of this walk results from the emphasis Culpeper places on  preserving historic buildings and landmarks from each era of its history. The route  includes National Cemetery and Yowell Meadow Park.  Many restaurants near  start/finish make this an excellent choice for walk, then lunch. There is an “A”  award for this event, which is a 3.75”x5” patch. Rated 2A (medium hills, mostly on  pavement; probably suitable for strollers but not for wheelchairs)

Center of the Universe

Start Point for Walk: Ashland Visitor Center located in the train station, 112 N. Railroad Ave, at the intersection of England St. and Railroad Ave.  Open daily 9-5. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Ph: 800-897-1471

Directions: Ashland is about 12 miles north of Richmond.  I-95 exit 92 to Rt 64 (England St.)  West into downtown Ashland. GPS: 37.759468,-77.481208

Description of walk: 5k or 10k

Route visits historic Ashland with its serene landscapes, historic architecture and trains that rumble through downtown following the main street.  Beautiful campus of Randolph-Macon College is on the route.  There is an “A” award for this event which is a 3″x5″ patch depicting a steam locomotive pulling out of the Ashland Train Station. Rated 1A (very small hills, mostly on pavement; suitable for wheelchairs and strollers).