Outdoor Activities

The Chesapeake Bay is all about the outdoors! Here's a fun list of great Chesapeake experiences outside.

Go birdwatching at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, or Pickering Creek Audubon Center.

Shop for native plants for your garden at Adkins Arboretum.

Experience the life of a waterman, and catch a ferry to Tangier Island VA from Reedville VA, Onancock VA, or Crisfield, MD. Then be sure to visit the Tangier History Museum and Intercultural Center.

Follow the Geotrails! Close to forty are waiting for you along the Star-Spangled Banner GeoTrail. Collect enough passwords and redeem your GeoTrail passports for trackable geocoins.

Go boating along the John Smith Trail. Learn about water safety and you'll have a list of trailheads, resources, and practical information for your type of boat, and true stories of John Smith's travels on the Chesapeake 400 years ago.

Paddle the Patuxent River on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, and imagine Commodore Joshua Barney's Chesapeake Flotilla.

Hunt for fossils at Calvert Cliffs State Park. Over 600 species of fossils from the Miocene era (10 to 20 million years ago) have been identified in the Calvert Cliffs, many of which can be found at Calvert Cliffs State Park. Chesapectens, Ecphora, Miocene era oyster shells, and sharks' teeth are common finds.

Learn about American Indians of the Chesapeake region by visiting these Gateways Network partner sites along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail: Pamunkey Reservation, Watermen's Museum, Henricus Historical Park, and Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum.

You'll find many more ideas on the websites for the John Smith Trail and the Star-Spangled Banner Trail. Plus, more than 170 parks, trails, historic towns, lighthouses, and refuges are waiting for you to Find Your Chesapeake

Last updated: April 23, 2018

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