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Lower Chickahominy’s fish, wildlife lure visitors

The broad marshes along the wooded banks of the Chickahominy River in Virginia still evoke the landscape that English explorer Capt. John Smith first saw when he visited this area in 1607. And it is the same mix of forest, river and marsh...

Catoctin adventures invoke the (inner) child in visitors

In the 1980s and 1990s, my family and I lived at the very edge of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, a mere five miles from the northern reaches of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In Walkersville, MD, just outside Frederick, we were close enough to a...

Meander through Parkers Creek Preserve

Thirty years ago, a group of scientists and preservationists pooled their resources to save a pristine forest abutting the Chesapeake Bay from a future of golf courses, marinas and subdivisions. The result is Parkers Creek Preserve, a...

Fort Hunter showcases centuries along the Susquehanna

Fort Hunter Mansion and Park is a historic riverfront center along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg. But its name is misleading. You won’t find a fort. It existed in colonial times, but no longer. You will find a mansion and a...

A cool way to experience the James

If you find yourself hankering for relief from summer heat — and who doesn’t? — consider finding a tube and floating down a river. Traveling partially immersed in the river with your legs and arms dangling over the edge...

Handsell braids stories of those who lived there

Along Indiantown Road, on the outskirts of Vienna, MD, there is a place called Handsell, where three histories come together to tell tales of Maryland’s earliest peoples. Handsell is a tidy brick house that sits on two acres of land...

Mountains seclude Cowans Gap

From my campsite, I could hear coyotes calling in the mountains, as well as the eerie cry of a loon from the lake. But I wasn’t in a remote mountain hideaway far beyond the Chesapeake region. I was camping in a Pennsylvania state...

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