Trailblazer Club
Trailblazer Club
A nature trail within Ford's Colony was first proposed in the early 90's by interested residents to allow them to hike in remote areas of the “Colony” while conserving and enjoying its natural resources. Several potential sites were identified, with the wetlands/greenspace running from John Pott and Edinburgh to Westbury Park being selected as most suitable. In the late 90's intensified interest led to including proposals for building a nature trail and a bird observation station in the 2001 Long Range Plan.
Resident enthusiasm for these projects led to dozens of volunteers completing the planning and construction phase. They blazed the trail; built bridges, walkways, bulletin boards, benches and bike racks; spread wood chips; and placed signs identifying trees, bushes, vines and wild flowers. Generous companies donated telephone poles, railroad ties and treated lumber. A proffer to James City County, in the area of environmental support, lead Realtec to provide manpower and financial assistance for construction. The Ford's Colony Homeowners Association now supports maintenance and enhancement activities on these community assets.  
Trailblazers grew from those volunteers who participated in building the Nature Trail.  Click here for a map and description of the trail.
Ford's Colony Nature Trail History
Ford's Colony Nature Trail History - Trailer
Local Trails Outside of Ford's Colony
Sally Frazer has been exploring local trails with her daughter and her dog.  She has written an article describing several trails to explore.  Get out and enjoy the outdoors!
Adventure Averts Dementia
The members of the club go on half-day walking, bicycling and/or kayaking outings in the Spring and Fall.  Some adventures involve a single activity group, such as a walking group, but many involve multiple-activity groups.  These groups always rendezvous over food (snacks or meals), to discuss their experiences.  The numbers of people range from 3 to 40.
            -Walkers, about 3 to 4 miles, not more than 5.
            -Kayakers, about 5 miles, not more than 10.
            -Bikers-about 10 miles, not more than 20
A rendezvous spot for eating could be a restaurant, a snack bar, a picnic area or just a parking lot. 
We also do some unusual things like Segwaying, Go Aping, and running James River Rapids.
The latest schedule of the outings may be found here.  Below are videos of past outings or outings can be viewed here
Spring 2015
Winter - Spring 2014
Fall 2014
Spring 2013
Fall 2013
* Due to copyright restrictions governed by Youtube, some the music on this video has been deleted.