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The Best-Kept Secret in Baltimore County

by Saki August 6, 2022

The first time I kayaked out to North Point State Park, I launched from Rocky Point Beach and Park and paddled 3.2 miles to the end of the collapsed Ferry Point Pier in the Chesapeake Bay.  Since I had been paddling in fairly deep water, I was surprised when my paddle hit something hard just a foot below the surface.  After I got home, I read about the area and discovered that I had had a…

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A Camping/Paddling Adventure on Janes Island

by Julie Dieguez July 29, 2022

Located just outside historic Crisfield on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Janes Island State P​ark is an outdoors lover’s dream – from peaceful, firefly-lit woods and wetlands teeming with wildlife to white sand beaches and color-drenched sunsets. Janes Island State Park features two distinct areas: A mainland section with cabins and camping, and an island portion (Janes Island) accessible only by boat that includes over 2,900 acres of saltmarsh, over 30 miles of water trails and six…

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Nassawango Creek Preserve by Land and by Water

by Laura Scharle July 22, 2022

The Nature Conservancy refers to it as “one of the last pieces of true wilderness on the East Coast,” and there is no doubt in my mind that that is an accurate statement. Nassawango Creek Preserve is a true hidden gem in the heart of rural Worcester County, offering an incredibly important wildlife corridor and ample opportunities for visitors to connect with nature.

The preserve consists of nearly 10,000 acres of land, protected…

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Michaux State Forest: Exploring the “Cradle of Forestry”

by Jeff July 16, 2022

Millie the rescue retriever spotted them first. She perked ears and emitted an indignant “whuf!” as a woman came walking her little terrier up the mountain road. We had parked at the top of Quarry Gap Road at an elevation of about 1,300 feet near the crest of South Mountain. The gravel road marks the border between Caledonia State Park and Michaux State Forest. The pair  had obviously climbed quite a ways, and I…

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Following in the Footsteps of the Maryland Dove

by Saki June 28, 2022

On March 25, 1634, the Ark and the Dove landed at Saint Clements Island on the Potomac River, carrying the first European colonizers to Maryland.  Commencing from the Isle of Wight, England, these two ships completed an arduous 123-day transatlantic voyage covering roughly 4,000 miles.  The 400-ton capacity Ark carried about 140 colonists, their equipment and supplies, while the 40-ton capacity Dove transported cargo and was later used for coastal sailing,…

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Paddling in Otter Point Creek Natural Area

by Saki June 17, 2022

Paddle trails are at the top of my list of places where I’ll be surrounded with beautiful scenery while exploring via small watercraft.  Also known as “water trails” or “blueways,” they typically have easy public access, an educational/interpretive component, and are located in undeveloped, protected places to ensure pristine, natural views.  One of my favorite paddle trails, the 3.6 mile Anita C. Leight Estuary Center Paddle Trail, is in Otter Point Creek Natural Area, one of the largest…

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