Who says you need to be on the water to experience the Chesapeake?
The Chesapeake Bay watershed -- the area of land that drains to the Bay -- spans across 64,000 square miles, starting at the upper reaches of the Susquehanna River in Cooperstown, New York and stretching all the way to the marshy shores of Tidewater Virginia.
With all that land to explore, there are plenty of adventures awaiting you.
From the rocky Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia to the Eastern Shore’s sandy beaches, the Chesapeake region offers countless places where you can discover the outdoors.
Take a hike on a trail and walk in the footsteps of Native Americans. Bike for miles down a country road, stopping at a park to watch birds fly through the sky. Search for fossils on a beach, or pitch a tent and camp under the stars.
Whether you enjoy biking, hunting, horseback riding, or geocaching, there’s plenty to explore on the land. Check out the places and events below for an outdoor adventure near you.
Greet the day at the beautiful and picturesque Leonardtown Wharf Park with serenity and a good stretch.Leonardtown, MD
Join Team Potomac at Fletcher's Cove as we do our part to clean up the Potomac River.Washington, DC
Meet Greenwell's pony Summer, residents goats, watch a riding lesson and learn more about Greenwell's equestrian programs.Hollywood, MD
The Coastal Arts Market is an outdoor monthly market held the Third Saturday of every month at Leonardtown Wharf Park.Leonardtown, MD
Enjoy the harvests of summer, what Thomas Jefferson referred to as “precious refreshment.”Charlottesville, VA
Search for frogs, crayfish, bird life, and hopefully some animal homes found along this Mason Neck State Park trail.Lorton, VA
Take the total adventure from York River State Park's upland woods to the fringe marsh along the river.Williamsburg, VA
Upcoming Village Day presentations will be a hands on demo of wigwam repair and flint knapping.St. Leonard, MD
Learn how people dyed their yarn and fabric long ago at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum.St Leonard, MD
Learn about beekeeping, honeybees and the Art of Apiculture. Support beekeeping and the Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah by purchasing local honey from club members.Delaplane, VA
Help the Farm Family clean the tobacco leaves, gather the cut plants and hang them on the tobacco sticks inside the tobacco barn.McLean, VA
York River State Park will supply you with a GPS unit and the ranger will help you hike off of the beaten path for a unique discovery.Williamsburg, VA
Enjoy an Al Fresco 5-course Dinner on the grounds of Flinchbaugh’s Orchard in York, PA featuring locally sourced, sustainably grown, and ethically harvested cuisineYork, PA
Join REI's professional guides on one of their favorite trails in Shenandoah National Park.Fairfax, VA
Join REI's professional guides this summer for a unique hiking experience in Shenandoah's most refreshing summer hiking destination.Fairfax, VA
This REI class teaches basic climbing skills and technique including specialized equipment use, proper fit of specialized equipment, site safety, knot tying, belay technique, basic climbing technique.Carderock, MD
Join us to start your birding adventure with a hike around the Goodwin Lake Trail in search of these beautiful creatures.Green Bay, VA
Ladies' aid societies during the American Civil War were dedicated to providing supplies to soldiers on the battlefield and caring for sick and wounded soldiers.Fort Washington, MD
Children 9-13 learn about edible plants, fire making, tracking, navigating, water purification and more!Arlington, VA
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum guests are invited to watch model skipjack races at Fogg's Cove waterfront.St. Michaels, MD