Help stop the spread of COVID-19 and follow all current directives from your governor and local health officials about wearing face masks and physical distancing.
As temperatures begin to drop, you may catch an extra whiff of an autumn scent in the air. The kind that makes you daydream of walking in a park, admiring a golden sunset that brings to life the vibrant red, orange, and brown leaves.
It’s the crisp air of autumn that tickles my face and the crunching leaves under my feet that indicate this might be the best season to go hiking and…Read More
Some rivers are so peaceful and unspoiled, you almost don’t want to spread the word, but the exception is the Mattaponi River above Aylett, Virginia. This rare stretch of undeveloped coastal plain river is one of those places that just calms and relaxes as you float along.
I’ve made many great memories along the Mattaponi at Zoar State Forest, a 40 minute drive northeast of Richmond. There’s the sunny December day my wife and I paddled…Read More
The forecast did not call for rain, but my friends and I arrived at the Nanjemoy Wildlife Management Area (WMA) parking lot in a downpour. Hoping it would pass, we walked about a mile along a scenic, wide trail through the woods to the beach and commenced looking for shark teeth. Almost immediately, I spotted one that I showed my group so they’d know what to look for, and soon everyone was finding…Read More
Nanta-What? NantiCOKE? Oh, yeah, I think that’s the name of that river we cross on the high bridge halfway between Cambridge and Salisbury. Never took much notice of it. Why should we?
Rivers mark time in millennia. At that scale, the Nanticoke has held to its current course for roughly three of them. In that time, how many bald eagles and ospreys has it seen? How many Atlantic sturgeon have made spawning runs up its mainstem and its…Read More
As warm weekends beckon vacation-seeking Marylanders to the sun, sand and waves of Ocean City and surrounding beaches, summer rolls on…but traffic often does not. Particularly in recent years, most of us have become painfully familiar with the frustration of stop-and-go travel to the Bay Bridge as throngs of vacationers crawl slowly toward their ocean destination. Once over the bridge itself, drivers steel themselves for at least another two hours of travel…Read More
This West Virginia park near the remote hamlet of Mathias features 3,934 acres of forest, 23 miles of hiking and bridle trails and 26 cabins, many of which were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. I visited earlier this summer with my favorite hiking companion, Millie the Labrador retriever. Well, she’s sort of Lab-ish, anyway. She’s a 50-pound rescue who loves exploring the woods as much as I do.
We discovered that Lost River…Read More
Subscribe to Trips & Tips - your weekly guide to fun in the Chesapeake region