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The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network has something for everyone - from special parks and museums to historic communities, land and water trails. Each month, the Network highlights some of its sites that offer you a unique look at life on the Chesapeake. These thematic lists can help you explore the Network and experience your Chesapeake.

Summer Recreation

Explore Your ChesapeakeSummers are made for recreation and relaxation on the Chesapeake. Join the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network at some of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the nation for boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, bird watching and other leisure activities. Take a walk along land trails and marvel in the beauty of the Bay watershed.

Anacostia Park - Washington DC
Anacostia Park provides extraordinary coverage of the Anacostia River, encompassing 1200 acres along five miles of the river. This urban Washington DC park, once the home of the Nacotchtank Indians and later prosperous farmers, is now a multi-use recreational park with extensive shoreline access.

Chippokes Plantation State Park - Surry, VA
Located along the James River in Surry, Virginia, Chippokes Plantation State Park is a living historical exhibit, which has kept its original boundaries since the 1600s. Chippokes has a wide variety of traditional park offerings, including a swimming complex, visitor center, picnic facilities, and hiking and biking trails.

Elk Neck State Park - North East, MD
With more than 2,188 acres of sandy beaches, marshlands and heavily wooded bluffs on Maryland’s Western Shore, Elk Neck State Park has activities that every member of the family can enjoy. Hike up one of the many trails, take a swim in the river, or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park area.

North Point State Park - Edgemere, MD
Hike or bike down a trail at North Point State Park on Maryland’s Western Shore and observe local wildlife, including muskrats, beavers, foxes, otters, ospreys, great blue herons, waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, and bald eagles. You also can fish, flatwater canoe, or sail on the Chesapeake.

Sandy Point State Park - Near Annapolis, MD
Swimming, fishing, crabbing, boating, and windsurfing are available at Sandy Point State Park on Maryland’s Western Shore at the base of the Bay Bridge. The Park also is equipped with beautiful beaches and picnic areas for the whole family to enjoy.


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