Columbia, Maryland is a planned community renowned for its walking and biking paths. The Patuxent Branch Trail, which runs from Lake Elkhorn to Savage Park, follows the scenic Little Patuxent River and has an interesting story to tell.
On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all US forces. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park interprets the closing days of the Civil War.
JJust 45 minutes south of the hustle and bustle of Ocean City, Maryland lies charming Pocomoke City, the “Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore,” and the home of this living museum.
The views and accessibility of this hike make it very popular, though such popularity can detract from its beauty. That’s why sometimes knowing when to hike is just as important as knowing where.
Tilghman Island still embraces a very active waterman culture. Dogwood Harbor is home to the last working fleet of skipjacks in North America and one of the few harbors on the Chesapeake Bay where workboats clearly outnumber pleasure craft.
Our trip to Kettle Creek State Park took us deep into the wilderness, traveling along Kettle Creek north of its confluence with the West Branch. We were on a mission to explore this little known (at least to us) state park near the heart of elk country.
McIntosh Run has been described as “one of the most ecologically intact watersheds remaining in Maryland.” On this pristine creek, I saw a few turtles, a couple bald eagles, and several great blue herons.
Bicycling around the outskirts of the refuge I frequently found myself grinning ear-to-ear at the wonder around me. I passed miles of wetlands, water glittering under the rising sun, and stopped to marvel at an eagle’s nest in the crook of a loblolly pine.
Originally founded as a safe place for eagles, Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Lorton, Virginia has become home to many year-round and migratory birds and animals. More than 200 different kinds of birds, scores of reptiles and amphibians, and dozens of other animals find solace in the refuge.
Once considered one of the most polluted rivers in the United States, Washington D.C.’s “forgotten river” is making an amazing comeback. As I paddled through these scenic wetlands filled with a multitude of wildlife, it was obvious that efforts to protect and restore the watershed are heading in the right direction.
The Highspire to Goldsboro section of the middle Susquehanna combines both natural and manmade sights to provide a scenic afternoon tour for paddlers of any level.
It is easy to see how this Susquehanna region came to be a National Heritage Area. With its unique geology, Native American heritage, and history of lumbering, iron manufacturing, and railroads, it is the perfect candidate.
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