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January 19, 2020

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Patapsco Hidden Corners Hike
Hike several miles and rediscover little known historic features of northern Patapsco Valley State Park, including foundations of the old Warfield College and the Elba Iron Furnace. Shine only.  Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Gloves, hats, and warm closing recommended. Registration Required by…

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Why You Should Consider Winter Camping – And Where to Go

by Kenny Fletcher January 17, 2020

The depth of winter around the Chesapeake watershed offers a serenity that’s hard to find the rest of the year. The leaves are off the trees, and the landscape opens up. Wildlife is easier to spot, migratory birds are out in abundance, and the bugs are completely gone.  The soft light and stunning sunsets make for great photos. Stargazing is unparalleled. Cold days bring in the beauty of skim ice, hoarfrost, and…

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Relive the Closing Days of the Civil War at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

by Robert Kelly January 9, 2020

Four years after the firing on Fort Sumter, South Carolina, the American Civil War came to a close in the sleepy town of Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia.  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 with over a dozen historic…

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Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum: An “Otter” Gem Hidden in the Eastern Shore’s Friendliest Town

by Julie Dieguez December 30, 2019

While the warmer months entice thousands of tourists to flock to popular Eastern Shore ocean beaches, the cooler, quieter seasons offer visitors an incredible opportunity to explore some of the many off-the-beaten-path opportunities for adventure in this coastal region. Just 45 minutes south of the hustle and bustle of Ocean City, Maryland and a mere 30 minutes north of Chincoteague, Virginia lies charming Pocomoke City, the “Friendliest Town on the Eastern…

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Annapolis Rock – the Perfect Off-Season Hike

by Saki December 22, 2019

In the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, winter solstice has about five and a half hours less daylight than summer solstice.  During this time of year, many people simply choose to stay indoors, leaving outdoor activities for the warmer months.  But I find this the best reason to get out and go hiking at places like Annapolis Rock in Washington County, Maryland.  According to Ranger Tammy McCorkle, on a nice weekend there may be over 100…

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Seasonal Spotlight

First Day Hikes 2020

by Kelsey Everett December 20, 2019

Start your new year off on the right foot, participate in the growing trend known as first day hikes! 

First Day Hikes is a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks, a non-profit under the name of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD). The mission of this Association is “to promote and advance the state park systems of America for their own significance.” Get a jumpstart on the new year and take part in this…

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