Who says you need to be on the water to experience the Chesapeake?
The Chesapeake Bay watershed -- the area of land that drains to the Bay -- spans across 64,000 square miles, starting at the upper reaches of the Susquehanna River in Cooperstown, New York and stretching all the way to the marshy shores of Tidewater Virginia.
With all that land to explore, there are plenty of adventures awaiting you.
From the rocky Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia to the Eastern Shore’s sandy beaches, the Chesapeake region offers countless places where you can discover the outdoors.
Take a hike on a trail and walk in the footsteps of Native Americans. Bike for miles down a country road, stopping at a park to watch birds fly through the sky. Search for fossils on a beach, or pitch a tent and camp under the stars.
Whether you enjoy biking, hunting, horseback riding, or geocaching, there’s plenty to explore on the land. Check out the places and events below for an outdoor adventure near you.
Celebrate National Puppy Day by bringing your four legged friend along on this 3 mile hike.Surry, VA
An opportunity to get an up close and personal view of these awesome birds in their natural habitat at Caledon State Park.King George, VA
Hike along the river with Dutch Gap Conservation Area guides for an adventurous three miles.Petersburg, VA
Celebrate Maryland’s 385th anniversary with ceremony, pageantry, speeches, and free admission to living history and museum exhibits.St. Marys City, MD
Learn about the magical plant offerings during this season that support health and well-being.Norfolk, VA
Begin your visit to the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area which will offer information, food, souvenirs and more.Washington, DC
This clinic is primarily geared toward people looking to switch to a tarp as their primary backpacking/camping shelter, or perhaps just learn a new skill.Chesterfield, VA
Before you hit the water, learn and practice the skills needed to fish in fresh water.Williamsburg, VA
Explore amphibian life cycles and also see aquatic invertebrates up close as you hike below High Bridge and visit the park's abundant vernal pools.Green Bay, VA
Enjoy a scenic spring ride on the rails from Cumberland to Frostburg.Cumberland, MD
join Annapolis Maritime Museum’s annual oyster roast and sock burning.Annapolis, MD
Enjoy a 3/4 hour presentation about Eastern Bluebirds, then hike to a nest box in the park.Gaithersburg, MD
Explore the rich archaeological resources that have been identified throughout the Park over the past 112 years!Owings Mills, MD
Celebrate spring on the right foot and join the Arlington House Victorian Dance Society for an afternoon of dance.Fort Washington, MD
Bring your furry friend for a two-hour stroll among the cherry blossoms!Washington, DC
Join Master Naturalist Mike Quinlan for a leisurely hike through the Sanctuary to see and hear the signs of spring.Lothian, MD
Join park staff for a night in the woods, exploring the sounds of our early spring frogs and toads - including the Spring Peeper!Edgemere, MD
Bring your flashlight for a guided evening stroll beneath the blossoms.Washington, DC
Enjoy a tour of Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area’s aviary during morning feeding time, followed by a short hike.Owings Mills, MD
Join the Sierra Club for a moderate but brisk-paced hike--8 miles through multiple parks and urban neighborhoods.Washington, DC