Enjoy Your River!

Spring is a great time to be on the Appomattox!

There’s a story in every mile.

Take an easy day hike on several 1 – 5 mile sections of the A.R.T. with stunning views and historical sites along the river. Or put in your boat, canoe, kayak, or SUP at one of  the many ACCESS POINTS  in Dinwiddie, Chesterfield, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Prince George, and Hopewell


Your donation will help FOLAR improve river ecology, protect special places, and promote outdoor connections and education.   THANK YOU!

Fun, Fun, Fun Learning at the 2018 RiverFest

A brisk morning turned into a warm spring day on Saturday April 28th for Friends of the Lower Appomattox River siignature spring event RiverFest. Thanks to a large group of Fort Lee volunteers, the set up was a breeze and vendors arrived to a perfectly mapped out park. Ferndale Appomattox Riverside Park served as the beautiful backdrop for a day full of river recreation, celebration, and education (and even one sneaky stowaway chicken!).

Nearly 1,000 event-goers could try paddling around in kayaks, viewing indigenous snakes up close, try their hand at fishing, and even meet an owl and opossum! For lunch, Bishop’s BBQ and Southern Exposure food trucks were on site serving up delicious southern staples. Offering a refreshingly cool treat, Hau Lani Hawaiian Shave Ice was serving a multitude of flavors, yum!

Thanks to Trapezium Brewing Company, all event attendees with an ID wristband were able to enjoy after-party specials at their Old Town Petersburg location the night of RiverFest. Special thanks to our title sponsor Anthem Healthcare, Caremore, Benefinder and our legacy sponsor Virginia American Water! Both sponsors also provided informative exhibits at the event. As the Activities Co-sponsor, Fort Lee hosted the kayaking, obstacle course, and archeology demonstrations exhibit. There were many other outstanding exhibitors to enjoy including: AWARE wildlife, VA DGIF, Petersburg Area Regional Tourism, RVA Goats and Honey (and the chicken), and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

From kids enjoying the playground to kids-at-heart practicing their paddling skills, RiverFest 2018 was a big hit! Mark your calendars for the next exciting FOLAR event, the 11TH Annual Paddle-or-Battle the Appomattox River, to be held Saturday September 29th 2018.

See more photos at our FOLAR Facebook page.

3rd Annual 5K Trail Run at Prince George County Appomattox Regional Park supports FOLAR

On Saturday, April 7th, Prince George County Parks and Recreation partnered with the Appomattox Regional Jail, Tri-cities Roadrunners, and Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) to provide the third annual 5K Trail Run at the Appomattox River Regional Park!  This 5K trail run traces a route along the beautiful Appomattox River and through a pristine park setting. The trail offered 100+ runners and walkers breathtaking scenere, despite the rain!

Prince George County is among the healthiest communities in Virginia, according to the County Health Rankings compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The County ranks 43rd out of 133 communities in Virginia. We’re grateful to these organizations for providing opportunities to stay healthy.

All proceeds from this wonderful event will be shared between the Special Olympics of Virginia and Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR). Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered!

Volunteers at the Heart of Appomattox River Spring Clean-up Success

On Saturday, March 24th, 151+ volunteers from businesses, civic and youth organizations, Fort Lee, and local residents gathered with the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) to take part in the Annual Spring River Clean-up. In a matter of hours, the group removed 500 bags of trash, 118 tires, and two couches from along the banks of the Appomattox River at sites in Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Prince George. This event is the largest of several cleanup and restoration events that FOLAR and its partners plan and implement each year, illustrating that the dedication of its volunteers is key to the success of its community-based endeavors.

In addition to individual community members, Associates from Perdue Farms came out in force for a second year to the Hopewell Public Marina and combined with volunteers from Keep Hopewell Beautiful, American Water Company, and Rotaract collected the most trash of the day. At the Prince George Appomattox River Regional Park, the volunteers included youth and their families from Christ & Grace Episcopal Church. At Rosalyn Landing Park, C.H.A.R.T.S. (Colonial Heights Appomattox River Trail System) members were joined by volunteers from Essentra. Fort Lee soldiers were also out in force with more than 55 at several sites, including the Appomattox Regional Riverside Park in Prince George, Roslyn Park in Colonial Heights, Ferndale Park in Dinwiddie, and Patton Park in Petersburg.

  “We have amazing volunteers and partners,” said FOLAR Board Chair, Ken Newman. “It always inspires me to see all of the people who come out to our events in support of this community. We are also extremely grateful to our Parks & Rec partners in each community, especially Aaron Reidmiller, Craig Skalak, and Keith Rotzoll who were helping out this Saturday and to Container First Services for providing dumpsters and hauling the collected trash away.”

At the Prince George park there was additional excitement with the official opening ceremony of the improved canoe/kayak launch and preparations for the Annual 5K Trail Run which will be held there on April 7th.

“The good news is that many clean-up groups are reporting that their sites are staying cleaner,” said FOLAR Executive Director. “In addition to cleanup events, FOLAR focuses on advocacy, education and engagement of residents and local businesses on behalf of our river environment. We coordinate a number of programs – like this clean-up, the 5K Trail Run and the upcoming RiverFest – in which people with a spirit of community and a love of our most precious asset, the Appomattox River, can take part in our year-round efforts.”

USGS Water Data

Pulling the canoe or kayak out this weekend? Get Real Time Water Data for the Appomattox River and other local bodies of water with USGS Water Data for the Nation.


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