Trip Ideas


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

Top Places For

Watching Spectacular Sunsets

Watching a sunset is one of the simplest, most beautiful things to do outdoors. At these places scattered across the region, you can enjoy a spectacular sunset scene and appreciate some of the best views the Chesapeake has to offer. So grab your camera and soak up the view at the top places to watch spectacular sunsets!

February 13, 2017


Float through history on York River’s Taskinas Creek

Taskinas Creek, a small tributary to the York River, makes a perfect classroom for educational lessons. It lies entirely within York River State Park, less than 15 miles from Williamsburg. The park offers 2,500 acres of marsh and upland forests with a rich variety of habitats that attracts all kinds of creatures and visitors.

February 6, 2017


Theodore Roosevelt Island, a forested DC memorial hidden in plain sight

From the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, it’s hard to tell that the swath of trees blocking a view of Virginia across the Potomac River is an island. It’s even harder to figure out how to get there.

February 3, 2017


Fort Washington now a peaceful oasis just outside DC

From the heights of Fort Washington Park, the shores of the Potomac River frame the skyline of the nation's capital with the Washington Monument jutting toward the sky. Urban life can seem very far away.

February 2, 2017


Sailor’s Creek & High Bridge state parks

The Appomattox River valley in central Virginia’s Piedmont has two relatively new — but very different — state parks that are forever linked by the battles fought at each during the days before Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.

January 23, 2017

Chesapeake Insider

Joe McCauley

Joe McCauley retired from United States Fish and Wildlife Service after a 32-year career that included serving as assistant refuge manager at a number of Chesapeake refuges including Rappahannock River Valley, James River, Presquile, and Plum Tree Island.

January 9, 2017

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