Thank You!

2016 Community Impact

Thank you to everyone whose generosity and caring has helped make a difference along the Appomattox River this year.

There’s still much more to do to restore the health of the river and strengthen our communities.

Join or donate to FOLAR to help in 2017.



FOLAR is pleased to announce that the DRAFT Appomattox River Trail Master Plan is now available for review and comment.

DECEMBER UPDATE: Through December 2016, FOLAR is working to collect additional detail on neighborhood access routes and signage symbols for Hopewell and Petersburg to incorporate into the Master Plan document in order to help provide increased opportunities for residents to add more physical activity into their daily routines. This additional project work  is  part of a grant from the Crater Health District (CHD). The updated schedule for completion of the final document is January 2017.

 Additional comments may be submitted through December 18, 2016. The final document will include additional introductory/front matter and appendices.  Please send your comments to sstampconsultingservices@yahoo.com.

The draft plan includes recommendations for potential trail routes that will  link and enhance parks and trails connecting the 23 miles along the Appomattox River between Lake Chesdin and City Point Park at the convergence with the James River. The linear parks and trails along the Appomattox River are community assets that can serve a catalytic role in enhancing economic development opportunities, fostering environmental stewardship, and creating a healthier, higher quality of life for all.

The draft plan has been developed by consulting firm, Land Planning & Design Associates, based on input from stakeholders and the public. This master planning effort is intended to engage our local communities along the river, including the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg.

YOU CAN PROVIDE NEIGHBORHOOD TRAIL ACCESS INPUT ONLINE AT:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AppoRiverTrail


Click here to view or download the draft plan: DRAFT Appomattox River Trail Master Plan

An important part of the planning work  included development of a Branding and Signage Master Plan for the trail by AB Design. The resulting logo brand and draft signage plan will be finalized and included in the final trail Master Plan.

Click on the links below to view or download the draft signage plan:

Appomattox River Trail Draft Branding and Signage Master Plan Part 1 0f 1

Appomattox River Trail Draft Branding and Signage Master Plan Part 2 of 2


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This master planning project is made possible through a grant from The Cameron Foundation, which strives to transform the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties into a healthy, vibrant and economically vital region by strategically leveraging resources for community impact.

9th Annual Paddle or Battle – “Amazing!”

The weather was perfect and the river was beautiful for the 63 paddlers who participated in the 2016 9TH Annual FOLAR Paddle or Battle. Most were there to enjoy a leisurely paddle. Eight racers took off just before 10AM and the fastest time of 1:52 was achieved by Monty McNeil on an SUP! Christine Fitzpatrick was the fastest female at 2:07!  Our many volunteers and sponsors helped to make the event a great success. We have lots of great photos on our Facebook page thanks to the wonderful photographers from the local Cockade City Camera Club.  See photos.

FOLAR Brings Out Volunteers for JRAC Regional River Clean-up

FOLAR participated in the 17th Annual James River Regional Clean-up on September 10th bringing 20 volunteers to Patton Park in Petersburg to collect 28 large bags of trash. FOLAR thanks the volunteers and members who came out to help as well as the many sponsors like Container First Services! Read more


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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We’ve accomplished many of our goals over the last few years but could not have done it without the help from our sponsors.  FOLAR is a non-profit organization founded on support and contributions from local and national businesses.

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