Trip Ideas


Warm air masks coldwater dangers for paddlers

If you are determined to hit the water, don’t act on impulse. Plan ahead. Investigate a full range of safety gear and, most importantly, test it in the water, close to shore, with others present.

April 24, 2017


Museums, trails, river lure visitors to Port Royal, VA

The Rappahannock River was once essential for commerce and transportation, and Port Royal boomed because of it. Although that’s no longer the case, opportunities for recreation on and near the river are drawing visitors to this sleepy town at the crossroads of VA Route 301 and Route 17.

April 17, 2017

Suggested Trip

Celebrate National Park Week

National Park Week, April 15 to 23, 2017, is America's largest celebration of national heritage. It's about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks!

April 11, 2017


Getting to know Michaux Forest will rock your world

Michaux State Forest is a landscape first formed by shifting continents, later by the blaze of iron furnaces and then the stewardship of state foresters. It’s an epic chain of custody, linked by the movement of rocks and minerals, that gave birth to a forest, which was in turn pillaged, then restored.

April 10, 2017


Patuxent Research Refuge serves humans, flora and fauna

The Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD, is a wonderful surprise, a 12,841-acre nature preserve tucked between two major cities that is a world unto itself.

April 3, 2017

Chesapeake Insider

Nancy Merrill

Early in her career, Nancy Merrill spent five years with The Conservation Fund in Arlington, VA, helping to get the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail established with the National Park Service. Today, she is the volunteer and outreach program coordinator for the South River Federation in Annapolis, MD and serves on Chesapeake Conservancy's Chesapeake Council.

March 27, 2017


Love of ducks, geese extends from table to tableau

Widespread love for Chesapeake waterfowl has preserved opportunities to view wintering waterfowl, learn about or participate in the region’s hunting heritage, and appreciate an abundance of art that the species have inspired.

March 20, 2017


Skunk cabbage rules the winter wetlands

Skunk cabbage can be found in wet areas along springs, streams and rivers throughout the Chesapeake region. In late spring and early summer, those who don’t know it by name might still recognize the distinctive colonies of low-growing plants, often 2–3 feet wide with broad, whorled leaves, and by the odor they emit when the leaves are damaged.

March 13, 2017

Featured Tour

Follow the Road to Freedom on the Eastern Shore

Discover the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway. Immerse yourself in the powerful history of Maryland’s Eastern Shore where Harriet Tubman lived, worked, worshiped, and led others to freedom.

March 11, 2017


Wye Grist Mill still keeping its nose to the grindstone

The Wye Grist Mill and Museum, located about 15 miles east of Maryland’s Bay Bridge, is more than three centuries old, producing flour and cornmeal on Maryland's Eastern Shore almost continuously since 1682.

March 6, 2017


Spot waterfowl from a warm car at Merkle sanctuary

Located on Maryland’s Patuxent River, Merkle is a great spot to see geese on the wing or to catch flocks of them at rest in a field or protected cove. And perhaps best of all, on Sundays, you can do it from the warm comfort of your vehicle.

February 27, 2017

Featured Tour

Founding Fathers Presidential Home Tour

Many locations in the Chesapeake Watershed have direct connections to American Presidents--historic sites, monuments, and memorials. But of these places, none captivate the public’s attention more than the homes of the early American presidents.

February 16, 2017

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