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Escaping to the Mountains


The Chesapeake Bay’s marshy shores and sandy beaches are beautiful spots. But sometimes, you just crave a trip to the mountains. Luckily, the farthest reaches of the Chesapeake region offer plenty of mountain escapes for you to explore.

Mountain vistas await you at places like Shenandoah National Park, Cunningham Falls State Park, and Spruce Knob - Seneca Rocks, where you can embark on a fantastic adventure filled with hiking, fishing, swimming, and camping. Whether you want to cool down during summer or cozy up in winter, you can enjoy the best of the outdoors all year long in the mountains.

At these stunning parks, forests, and trails, you’ll get to enjoy a few water views, too. From lazy rivers meandering between mountain ranges to cold streams splashing over rocks, the waterways that wind through these mountains are on a journey downstream to feed the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Plan a mountain escape to a scenic retreat like Savage River State Forest or Rocky Gap State Park. Whether you prefer a rustic campsite or a modern lodge, you can prepare a perfect weekend getaway in the hills with family or friends.
  • If you only have an afternoon to get away, take a day trip to a nearby mountain. Places like Harper’s Ferry, Sky Meadows State Park, and Gambrill State Park are close to home, but offer outstanding mountain views to explore and enjoy.
  • One of the best ways to experience the mountains is on a trail -- by car, foot, or even rail. Discover forested streams and mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lace up your hiking boots and hop on the Appalachian Trail. Or soak up the scenery by train on a Western Maryland Scenic Railroad tour.
  • If you’re truly looking for an adventure, then set off through the mountains in a kayak! From the James to the Juniata, the Shenandoah to the Susquehanna, a water trail is the perfect way to explore the Chesapeake’s headwaters.

The mountains are calling. Are you ready to explore them? Head for the hills at one of the top places for escaping to the mountains.