Trips and Tips

Featured Events This Week



Misery Trail Advanced Hike
Join a naturalist on a guided hike on one of the best trails in the park! Strenuous but enchanting, this trail-less-traveled offers rare views of popular park features that will inspire you to come back for more! June 30, 10:00 am to 11:30 am; Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont. More details.

Monocacy National Battlefield Twilight Hike
Explore the wild side of Monocacy National Battlefield by joining a park ranger for a twilight stroll along the Gambrill Mill Trail. This 1.5-hour program will meet at the Gambrill Mill (tour stop 5) and will be .5 miles in distance.  Appropriate attire and footwear is recommended, as well as sun and insect protection.  Please arrive a few minutes early and feel free to bring snack, water, and binoculars. Free, no reservations required. June 29, 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm; Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick. More details.

Wild Edibles Walk
This series of seasonal walks is designed to support land-based connections, strengthen community ties, and increase our knowledge of native wild edibles. Each 3-hour workshop includes a hot breakfast, guided hike, and wild food tasting. $15.00-$35.00. Children (17 and under) must be accompanied by their parent(s). Children under 7 are free.  June 29, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm; Piscataway Park, Accokeek. More details and tickets.

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Frostburg Flyer
All aboard for a scenic ride on the rails in Western Maryland! This train travels from Cumberland to Frostburg. Dining class guests enjoy a lunch and a signature dessert of chef’s choice while riding in vintage dining cars. Standard coach general seating is also available. A snack bar is available to all passengers. This three-hour excursion includes an hour layover in Frostburg and will return to Cumberland at 2:30 pm. Prices begin at $46, with dining options and an option to ride in the locomotive (must be 16+). You can also take your bicycle for an additional $5. June 29-30, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, Cumberland. Tickets and more information.

Full Buck Moon Paddle
Join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels for an evening paddle designed specifically to wow your senses. After launching from the museum campus at Fogg's Cove, paddle along the Miles River and up Long Haul Creek to see the Full Buck Moon. Participants should dress accordingly, bring water and a head lamp. Nonmembers $20 with your own kayak; $35 with rental. July 16. 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Registration and more information.

Log Canoe Cruise Gov. Cup Series
Enjoy a river cruise to watch the log canoe races on the Miles River from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum buyboat, Winnie Estelle. Log canoe races are a quintessential Chesapeake pastime, and from a shady spot onboard Winnie’s deck you’ll get an up close and exciting look at the action. Amateur photographers, sailing aficionados, or wooden boat enthusiasts will all find something to enjoy on CBMM’s log canoe cruises! $35 per person for nonmembers. July 28, 30, 9:30 am to 11:30 am; and July 29, 1:30 pm to 3:30pm; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Tickets and more information.



Knap-In: Primitive Arts Festival & Atlatl Tournament
The Susquehanna Valley Flint Knappers and Bald Eagle State Park present this exciting two-day festival that will transport you back to a time of primitive life through hands-on programming and exhibits! Featuring: stone tool construction, live encampment displays, arrowhead collections, a drum and dance team, an atlatl range, deer hide tanning, period vendors, primitive skills programming and presentations. Try your hand at primitive weaponry, craft your own arrowhead, make rope from native plants, become educated on wild edibles, how to make a matchless fire, and more! June 28, 29, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm; Bald Eagle State Park, Howard. More details.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Hike south on the Appalachian and return on the Raccoon Run and see many unique quartz formations. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a snack. Meet at the park office for this eleven-mile hike. July 2, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm; Caledonia State Park, Fayetteville. More details.



Shenandoah NP Mount Marshall Hike
Hike along the historic Appalachian Trail to a spectacular Shenandoah Valley view. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet at the Mount Marshall parking area (mile 15.9), 2 hrs, 1.5-mile hike. Free with park entry. This hike takes place every Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, June 29 to August 31. Shenandoah National Park, Mile 15.9 on Skyline Drive. More details.

Firefly Walk
Enjoy a magical evening walk in the park to learn about and see the different colors and signal patterns of this fascinating insect. Ages 5 to adult; $9 per person. June 29, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria.  More information and registration.

Extreme Estuarine Paddling Expedition
Are you ready for a longer canoe and kayak journey from the fresh water of a secluded creek to its briny confluence with the broad river? This is a more adventurous paddle on Taskinas Creek where the fresh water marsh is quite different than the estuarine ecosystems so easily accessible in the park. Compare water salinity and how such changes effect the surrounding ecosystem. Canoes are $9/person, tandem kayaks are $11/person and solo kayaks are $16/person. Prepayment required with reservation. June 30, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; York River State Park, Williamsburg. More details and reservations. 


Maryland Heights Anniversary Hike
As part of the 75th Anniversary take part in a 3.5 mile guided hike or 6.5 mile hike, with historical interpreters. Duration: 2 ½ hours for Overlook only; 3 ½ hours for Overlook plus Stone Fort Loop, including shuttle time. The hikes will include historical interpretation of Harpers Ferry and the formation of the park. After the group visits the overlook, hikers may return to the Lower Town directly or continue on Stone Fort Loop. Both hikes feature wonderful views and Civil War fortifications, but the long route is especially rich in history. Both the short and long hikes are on steep and sometimes rugged trails, and the full hike includes 1400 feet of elevation gain. June 29 and June 30, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm; Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry. Reservations (required) and more information.

June 23, 2019

Main image: Caledonia State Park, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
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