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Standing at Kiptopeke State Park on the eastern shore of Virginia, near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, I gazed west across the water, unable to see any part of the Virginia Peninsula about 16 miles away. But right in front of me, starting less than a thousand feet from the pier, I saw a line of several sunken concrete ships known collectively as the Concrete Fleet. Ships made of concrete? That seems…
Often referred to as the dog days of summer, the days of July through early August are typically some of the hottest in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Mid-Atlantic, the comparatively balmier days of June give way to the heavier days of mid-summer, thickening with humidity and shimmering waves of heat as armies of jellyfish begin their annual trek across the Bay, giving many an early-summer swimmer second thoughts about…Read More
Hart-Miller Island, a state park just off the shore of Essex, is only accessible by private boat. Most weekends it is the perfect place to drop anchor, and float around on a beautiful Maryland summer day. The water off the shore is calm, and the shoreline has a great, sandy beach.
Hart-Miller used to be two separate islands: Hart Island and Miller Island. But when the Inner Harbor was dredged between…Read More
Nestled in a wide bend of the James River, Powhatan State Park is all about the classic gentle landscapes of the Virginia piedmont. Green forests border rolling open fields, while a lazy river forms the park’s northern boundary. The James meanders here, wide and deep enough to make for easy paddling, yet still narrow enough to be able to shout across.
Powhatan is best known by locals as an ideal spot for a cool…Read More
In all my years of hiking in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, I have yet to find a place that packs as much natural beauty into an area as does the Glens Natural Area in Ricketts Glen State Park. An approximately four-mile route, sometimes known as the Falls Trail Loop, meanders through this National Natural Landmark, leading to 21 named waterfalls. In mid-October, many of these falls are framed by vibrant autumn colors,…Read More
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of trails to explore in the Susquehanna watershed that are not in proximity to the main branches of the river. The following are a sampling of hikes within Pennsylvania State parks that may be off your radar screen, but are more than worth a visit! Enjoyed by young and old, hiking is gratifying in a way that is hard to describe. The list of the…Read More
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