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How canny are you about the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal?

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal opened in 1850, but was gradually made obsolete by railroads. The towpath alongside the canal still exists at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, operated by the National Park Service. Take this quiz to test how much you know about the canal.

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Fall in love with these trails this autumn

Why be just a leaf peeper when these trails in Virginia and West Virginia offer you an opportunity to walk along the leaves themselves as well as experience views not seen from the road? Match these trails with their descriptions. Answers...

Terrific trails to try in Maryland, New York

Last month’s Chesapeake Challenge featured hikes in Pennsylvania and Delaware. This month’s quiz explores hikes in the New York and Maryland portions of the Bay watershed. After matching a trail or location to its description,...

Take a hike! Pennsylvania Paths & Delaware Delights

The Chesapeake watershed is awash in walks, from leg stretchers to day trips to multi-day backpacks. This month’s puzzle features trails in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Match the description with the trail or site/area it passes...

Can you go the distance on this quiz?

A major portion of one of the world’s most famous hiking paths, the Appalachian Trail, passes through states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. How much do you know about the AT in general, and its route in the Bay states in particular?...

Baby bird blues

It’s a good thing that birds don’t get their parenting advice from humans. These successful behaviors for raising young birds are not likely to be found in any (human) child-raising book. Can you match the bird species with its...

O say can you sea cucumbers in the Bay?

There are two species of sea cucumbers in the Chesapeake — the hairy sea cucumber (Sclerodactyla briareus) and the pale sea cucumber (Cucumaria pulcherrima) — but they may be hard to spot. Let’s see how well you do in a...

Superlative soup surprise

First, fastest, smallest, tallest. Look at this diverse collection of pairs, then choose what you think is the right answer. Even if you are correct, the answer may still surprise you. Detailed answers — including fun facts —...

Heroes are at the heart of these memorials

November 11 is Veterans Day, which honors Americans who have served in the U.S. military. The National Park Service operates four sites in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that honor those who served in specific wars: the African American Civil...

Connect the bones

Make no bones about it, the shape, size and weight of a bone or bone-like structure are designed for each animal’s needs. Here is a list of bones and descriptions of the bone(s) structure. Can you match them up? Answers are below....

Name that state (or district)!

Almost every one of us has a nickname. The watershed’s states and district have had many nicknames over time. Can you match the nicknames with their jurisdictions? Only an expert in “onomastics” (the study of proper names)...

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