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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.

Recreation by the Water

Explore Your ChesapeakeHot days and warm nights are perfect for being by the water. Come to the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network and discover what makes the Bay watershed a natural beauty full of historical, cultural and recreational resources.

Great Falls Park - McLean, VA
Considered the most spectacular natural landmark in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, Great Falls Park stretches along almost two miles of the Virginia side of the Potomac providing a series of trails and overlooks from which to view the falls and gorge. The park offers numerous recreational activities for the water, including fishing, kayaking and whitewater rafting.

James River Water Trail - Lower - From Richmond to Hampton Roads, VA
The Lower James River Water Trail flows from Richmond to Hampton Roads. Visitors to the trail can take part in many activities, including fishing, whitewater kayaking lessons, music and art festivals, clean-ups, canal cruises, guided nature trips, sunset river tours, eagle and heron observation, and much more.

Raystown Branch Juniata River Water Trail - Bedford County, PA
Kayak, canoe or swim this 55-mile watershed trail, beginning in historic Bedford County and running easterly toward Saxton, Pennsylvania. The tranquil waters are ideal for all travelers, including the novice canoeist.

Susquehanna River Water Trail - Lower Section - Harrisburg PA south to the Havre de Grace MD
Canoe, boat, or kayak this river trail from Harrisburg to the Mason-Dixon Line and explore the scenic splendor of this stretch of the largest tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

Swatara Creek Water Trail - Lebanon, PA
The “Swattie” is an urban/suburban wilderness that can be found less than 50 minutes from Pennsylvania’s capital. The Swatara Creek Water Trail is a 42-mile segment of Swatara Creek, which starts in Jonestown and ends in Middletown, eventually flowing into the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.

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