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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.

Hitting the Trail in Fall

Explore Your ChesapeakeThe changing leaves and the cooler weather of the Fall provide the perfect environment for outdoor activities. Enjoy these Gateways during this beautiful time of year and choose from hundreds of trails to hike, walk, climb and bike.

Martinak State Park - Denton, MD
Martinak State Park sits along the Choptank River, the largest of the Eastern Shore tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. The park supports a wide variety of plant and animal life, and is a haven for bird watchers, who may choose to walk the park’s abundant hiking trails or paddle the waterways via canoe.

Parkers Creek Watershed Nature Preserve - Prince Frederick, MD
Parkers Creek Watershed Nature Preserve protects one of the last remaining pristine watersheds on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. You may walk more than 15 miles of trails, exploring hardwood forests, farmland, wetlands, salt marsh, Chesapeake shoreline and the Creek itself.

Patapsco Valley State Park - Ellicot City, MD
One of Maryland’s first state parks, Patapsco Valley includes five developed recreational areas, providing hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback and mountain bike trails. For the best hiking, visit the Hilton Area, Avalon-Glen Artney-Orange Grove, or McKeldin Area.

Spruce Knob/Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area - Seneca Rocks, WV
The Spruce Knob/Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area sits at the headwaters of the Potomac River, where water first starts to flow from West Virginia to the Chesapeake Bay. Encompassing 100,000 acres, the scenic National Recreation Area contains the highest peak in West Virginia, some of the best rock climbing on the east coast, outstanding views and a chance to enjoy a premier site in the Bay watershed. From the rugged peaks, you can view grassy openings and pastures or look down on forested ridges and envision the long route to the Chesapeake.

Terrapin Park - Stevensville, MD
Terrapin Park sits on 276 acres of Bay front land north of the Kent Island Terminus of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. You may walk the nature trails through meadow, wetlands, tidal ponds and woodlands to the sandy beach at the Chesapeake Bay shoreline. With more than 4,000 feet of shoreline and 73 acres of wetlands, Terrapin Park is a destination for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.

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