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Off The Beaten Path

Seven National Park sites you’ve never heard of

Find your Chesapeake at these lesser-known parks and historic sites.

May 17, 2018

Off The Beaten Path

Franklin Point’s beauty plain as the eye can see

In Walter Neitzey’s four decades as a flight instructor and operator of Deep Creek Airport on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay 10 miles south of Annapolis, he probably never once looked down from his cockpit at the bucolic airfield below and thought it might some day be part of a nice state park. But now it is just that.

June 26, 2017

Off The Beaten Path

Paddling on the Sassafrass River shows off the Bay that was

If Capt. John Smith could come back to retrace his Chesapeake journeys in the early 1600s, he might find portions of Foreman Creek much as he saw it four centuries ago. On this murky tributary of the Sassafras River, trees hug the shores, and lush green beds of wild rice blanket the shallows.

September 12, 2016

Off The Beaten Path

Alone among ‘The Ancients’

Bald cypress lure Nanticoke paddlers into the past and offers a memorable respite from the increasingly domesticated Chesapeake watershed.

August 15, 2016

Off The Beaten Path

Paddling the Pocomoke: Tour of swamp to Chesapeake takes you back in time

The Pocomoke Rivers offers paddlers a different world of remote and untraveled salt marshes, cypress swamps and deep forests.

July 25, 2016

Off The Beaten Path

Upper Chester reverie

The upper Chester River offers a paradise for those paddlers who are looking for a relaxing day trip to meander and explore.

June 27, 2016

Off The Beaten Path

The Upper Chickahominy River

The swampy nature of the Upper Chickahominy River is one reason it remains a delight to explore, with largely undeveloped shores reminiscent of the landscape that Captain John Smith traveled in the early 1600s.

May 16, 2016

Off The Beaten Path

Little-known Savage Neck Dunes has pines, ponds & privacy

The 298-acre preserve features a mile of beachfront, dunes thought to be 10,000 years old, loblolly pines, oaks, red cedar trees and, in one swale, the rare southern bladderwort. Walk through what feels like the evolution of the landscape over thousands of years

April 18, 2016

Off The Beaten Path

Pickering Creek is a wonderful place to lose yourself, if you can find it

Pickering Creek Audubon Center was donated to the Chesapeake Audubon Society in 1984 to create a place where all visitors, regardless of age or background, could freely experience the beauty and wonder of the Chesapeake ecosystem.

February 15, 2016

Off The Beaten Path

Douglas Point Special Recreation Management Area

The Potomac River doesn’t just pour out of Washington DC and head straight for the Chesapeake. It has to bend around the Nanjemoy peninsula which juts out of Maryland like a big bulbous nose. Not a lot of people live here, and that makes it beautiful.

June 16, 2015

Off The Beaten Path

Palmer State Park

Visit a state park in its raw form; before the trails are marked, before the parking area is built, before the interpretive signs are installed. You'll find second-growth and riparian forests, creeks, wildlife...and best of all, solitude.

May 28, 2015

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