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Take a Hike on Buttermilk with Andrew Alli the James River Parks System’s Trail Manager

If you’ve never hiked Buttermilk or Northbank trails you need to fix that ASAP.




By Stories on the James

Andrew grew up in the Richmond area and was drawn to the James from a very early age. What began as a mysterious and magical body of water in his life eventually became one of the strongest and most consistent connectors to his community, his career, and his love of music.

Andrew gives us a sneak peek into his world of trail management with the James River Park System, discusses the ins and outs of how a trail is a living, growing thing that must be maintained, shares his journey as a blues musician and harmonica player, and never stops advocating for the protection of the river and our natural spaces.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.