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May 15, 2020

A Note About Our Virtual Trips & Tips

We know there is a lot of uncertainty and upheaval in our world right now. We also know how much the parks in the Chesapeake Bay watershed mean to you and how they can be a place of discovery and comfort and hope for us all. We hope that our updated virtual Trips & Tips newsletters will help bring the parks to you while we all do our part to keep ourselves, our families, and communities healthy and…

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Blackwater Snakehead Fishing

by Peter Turcik May 22, 2020


COVID-19 Notices: Follow all current directives from your governor and local health officials regarding staying at home. Help stop the spread of COVID-19. For Blackwater conditions review the information on this website and call ahead. Current refuge status.

Despite the 90-minute drive from Annapolis and the dark roast coffee, my eyes are still bleary from the 3:30 a.m. wake-up as I drive past the visitor center for the Harriet Tubman…

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So You Want to Fish in the Chesapeake? Getting Started

by Peter Turcik April 23, 2020

When I moved to Annapolis in 2014, something I was looking forward to was the opportunity to learn a new fishery – the Chesapeake Bay. As a trout and bass angler from Pennsylvania, I was accustomed to very different scenery and style when fishing. Though Maryland and Virginia have many opportunities to fish for both trout and bass, the Bay and its tributaries offer a fantastic fishery, right in my backyard, and…

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Family Fun

Neighborhood Zoofari

by Jody Couser March 22, 2020

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One Hike, Two Amazing Views

by Saki March 11, 2020

In my opinion, the best view you'll find on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland is at Weverton Cliffs.  From this overlook, one can see the Chesapeake and Ohio Towpath, the Potomac River, and beyond that, Virginia.  To the southeast, Colonial Island and several smaller islands dot the Potomac, while to the west, I can pick out Sandy Hook Bridge almost two miles away.

It was a hot, humid, summer day when I first did…

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Remembering the Poor Man's Friend – A Winter Hike On Dans Mountain

by Saki March 3, 2020

Standing on top of the 300-million-year-old rock at Dans Rock Overlook in Allegany County, Maryland, on a cold, but crystal-clear, winter morning, the phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” came to my mind.  It wasn’t because of the panoramic view – few would question its attractiveness – but rather, the rock itself is a subject of fierce debate.  Like High Rock (the highest point on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland at 1,900 feet), Dans Rock…

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