Trip Ideas


Get on board for stand-up paddling

Stand-up paddle boarding came to the Chesapeake Bay region about seven years ago and shows no signs of waning. The sport is growing in popularity: There are paddle board races, paddle board team-building activities, paddle board yoga, paddle board youth camps and even a cool nickname for the sport — SUP.

May 22, 2017


Dark skies shed light on Shenandoah stars

If you live in a light-flooded landscape, consider leaving the lights behind, perhaps on a one-with-nature trip to a national park, to find out what you are missing. Shenandoah National Park offers some of the region’s most unadulterated views of night skies and has several programs to help visitors appreciate them.

May 15, 2017

From the Field

Roving Ranger is Ready to Roll

Check out the “Roving Ranger”, our new mobile visitor center for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Chesapeake Trail). he Roving Ranger gives families an opportunity to enjoy learning about American Indian communities and the history of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers

May 9, 2017

From the Field

Fly Fishing Gunpowder Falls State Park

When you hear about fishing in the Chesapeake, the immediate first thought is rockfish—Maryland’s state fish—and other bay species like red drum, speckled trout, and white perch. However, the tailwaters of Gunpowder Falls State Park below Prettyboy Reservoir offer seven miles of wild trout fishing.

May 5, 2017

Chesapeake Insider

Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly is the Casemate Museum Historian. Robert and his wife reside on post within historic Fort Monroe in 1875 Officers’ Quarters. Robert serves as the vice president of the Historical & Archeological Society of Fort Monroe and is a life member of the American Friends of Lafayette.

May 1, 2017


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

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