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.
Enjoy a leisurely guided hike while listening and looking for early spring migrants in various Patuxent Research Refuge habitats; ages 16+Laurel, MD
Take a scenic Wagon Ride through the park and learn about the environment and the park's history.Oxon Hill, MD
An introduction to the wonder of nature through play for children ages 2-4.Elkton, MD
Join Arboretum staff, volunteers, and other dog lovers each Thursday for a walk along the Arboretum's best paths for dog walking.Ridgely, MD
Take in the beauty of spring with a wildflower walk at Seneca Creek State Park.Gaithersburg, MD
Learn how, when America was in the grips of the Great Depression, three million men left an undeniable imprint on the nation's landscape.Chesterfield, VA
Wildflower enthusiast and park volunteer, Terry Hoffman, will lead an easy woodland stroll, identifying wildflowers.Lewisberry, PA
First learn about archery safety and about bows, and then go to the James River Park range and shoot.Gladstone, VA
Find out about the Chesapeake Bay blue crab and why it is so important to the bay while learning how to catch a few on your own.Virginia Beach, VA
The Rappahannock Astronomy Club presents an evening of deep space viewing at Caledon State Park.King George, VA
Friends, family, and fun can be found at the Belle Isle State Park weekly ranger-led campfire.Lancaster, VA
Take guided, easy one and a half mile hike through the old growth forest.King George, VA
Using the park's spotting scopes you'll marvel at resident and migrant wildlife, native plants, and historical resourcesCape Charles, VA
After an introductory presentation take a fun wagon ride to the River Trail to observe and identify the birds discussed in the programBentonville, VA
A park ranger will be on hand to assist new anglers and providing bait and rods.Cape Charles, VA
Drive the Patuxent Research Refuge's North Tract Wildlife Loop and nearby trails to hunt for sculptured stones, mystery objects, plants and animals.Laurel, MD
Your opportunity to handle materials used to construct the AC72, watch demos that explore hydrofoil technology, and build your own model of a catamaran.Newport News, VA
Reel in perch, catfish, and memories at Chippokes Plantation.Surry, VA
Discover the magnificent stands of Mountain Laurel located along the ridgeline of Catoctin Mountain Park.Thurmont, MD
Bring your bike, binoculars, kayak/canoe, and camera for a fun-filled day at Fort Frederick.Big Pool, MD