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.
Learn how to weave baskets from the needles of the longleaf pine, a tree once common in Virginia and long prized for its utility in shipbuilding.Newport News, VA
This bike tour of western Wicomico County takes riders across 300 years of Maryland history.Salisbury, MD
Friends of Chippokes Plantation State Park is sponsoring a family-friendly 5K Run through the scenic, historic grounds of Chippokes Plantation.Surry, VA
Celebrate World Rivers Day by getting your hands dirty for our hometown river!Alexandria, VA
Choose from a large selection of summer and fall blooming native wildflowers, shrubs and small trees at the Virginia Living Museum’s annual fall plant sale.Newport News, VA
Search for frogs, crayfish, bird life, and hopefully some animal homes found along this Mason Neck State Park trail.Lorton, VA
Join in Pemberton Park's Historians Scavenger Hunt. Following clues, explore historical sites throughout Pemberton Historical Park to complete tasks and challenges.Salisbury, MD
Look at all of the beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow on the trees of High Bridge Trail.Green Bay, VA
Come learn about outdoor sports and the important role that hunting and fishing play in Maryland’s wildlife conservation programs. Clear Spring, MD.Clear Spring, MD
You're invited to the 10th Annual Marshy Point fall festival with canoe rides, Marsh Mucker Obstacle Course for kids and more, in Baltimore.Baltimore, MD
The Rappahannock County Annual Farm Tour is a free, two-day, self-guided tour offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of working farms., VA
Celebrate the found of the Citie of Henricus with reenactments, Indian activities, children's games, and the return of 17th-century Godspeed.Chester, VA
Watch the process, give the kettle a stir, and take home some fresh-from-the-kettle jars of apple butter. Celtic and bluegrass music, cloggers, pony rides and more at Skyland.Luray, VA
Explore the many changes happening around the park as the weather turns colder.Catonsville, MD
Friends of Peirce Mill invite you to drop in and discover Washington DC's only surviving gristmill in action.Washington, DC, DC
Join Master Naturalist Mike Quinlan for a hike through the Glendening Preserve to celebrate the arrival of Fall.Lothian, MD
Tour the fields and woods of the park in true farmer fashion (straw hats and coveralls are optional).Laurel, DE
With music, cocktails, decadent delicacies, and a golden sunset, fanciful fun is promised.Ridgely, MD
Taste of the Wild will feature several small plates of local and wild foraged plants, vegetables, game, and fish prepared by Jug Bay naturalists and volunteers.Lothian, MD
Join members of The Hampton Roads Bird Club for a free bird watching workshop at the Mariners' Museum.Newport News, VA