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Saturday, September 25th 9am


We couldn’t say it better than those who participated, like Shelli, “…I LOVED the entire event. From the very start at registration, to the shuttle, to the race coordinators, to the amazing cookout and gorgeous handmade trophies. This is the best race I have taken part in to date. What a great day! Thank you for everything.”
Check out more comments and photos at FOLAR’s Facebook page.  Event proceeds support FOLAR’s conservation and stewardship programs.


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What if you could make one investment in your community that simultaneously, attracts new jobs & employees, generates more sales for local businesses, & increases home values? What if that investment also increases civic engagement, encourages neighbors to get to know each other, & improves public health & environmental conservation at the same time?

Such an investment exists, it’s called the Appomattox River Trail Greenway-Blueway

A path to learning, conservation, wellness and prosperity

Learn how you can help.


$500,000 Challenge

Historic Appomattox Riverside-Ferndale Park



Developing the regional Appomattox River Trail greenway-blueway to positively impact public health, safety, and community prosperity for all

$1 Million Cameron Grant helps pave way for park, trail development for Dinwiddie, Chesterfield, Petersburg

The Board and Staff of Friends of the Lower Appomattox are thrilled to receive the largest grant in our 20 year history from The Cameron Foundation.

READ THE PRESS COVERAGE from The Progress-Index, August 24, 2021: River advocacy group gets $1 million for trail-network project (

WATCH THE VIDEO from our Grant Announcement at Ferndale Park in Dinwiddie, including highlights from the following speakers:

Wendy Austin, FOLAR Executive Director
Sam Hayes, FOLAR Board Chairperson
Todd Graham, President of The Cameron Foundation
Kevin Massengill, Dinwiddie County Administrator
Sam Parham, Petersburg City Mayor
Stuart Turille, Petersburg City Manager
Scott Zaremba, Chesterfield County Deputy Administrator

READ THE PRESS RELEASE from The Cameron Foundation and FOLAR: 7-Figure Gift Announced (

NEW Trail Count Report Available

FOLAR just published our first ever trail count report for 8 sites along the entire Appomattox River Trail. Can you guess which are most popular? Read the report to find out!

Download a PDF of the 2020 Trail Count Report

This report will be produced by FOLAR annually to track trail use and analyze trends.  Developing the Appomattox River Trail is a regional effort that will take many years to complete.  It is the community’s vision to develop this world class trail, and it will take many partners, including private, public and nonprofit, coming together to bring the vision alive.  Efforts like this trail count report show the importance of this infrastructure to our community. The members and staff of FOLAR sincerely thank the volunteers who put in countless hours on the trail and at the computer to make this program possible. FOLAR relies on volunteers to conduct trail counts twice a year, in addition to our automated counters. Want to help?

Volunteer Sign-up for Fall Trail Counts on September 16 & 18.

Paddle Battle SOLD OUT!

Thank you for making this the best turnout in our 15 year history!

Welcoming paddlers of all levels in kayaks, canoes & SUPs to your choice of a 10-Mile Race, 10-Mile Leisure Paddle, or 2-Mile Shorty. Event proceeds support Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) conservation and stewardship programs. Registration includes shuttle, morning snacks, lunch, t-shirt, and NEW handcrafted awards! Registration is $35 for paddlers 18 and up, and $30 for paddlers 17 and under / military & first responder discount. A limited number of kayaks are available to rent!  Pre-registration required.

START LOCATION Rotary Park, Pocahontas Island, 181 Rolfe St, Petersburg, VA 23803

FINISH LOCATION Hopewell City Marina, 1051 Riverside Ave, Hopewell, VA 23860

DATE & TIME September 25, 2021
7:00-8:30AM Registration/Shuttles
9:30AM Leisure Paddles
10:00AM Race Starts
12:00PM Awards & Lunch
12:30-1:30PM Shuttles

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.


Sponsor FOLAR

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. Become a sponsor and help support the Appomattox River. { MORE INFORMATION }