Feature Articles

Virginia State Parks

Virginia's State Parks have been voted as "America's Best" by the National Recreation and Park Association. There are 35 State Parks sprinkled througout the Old Dominion. Due to the diversity of Virginia's landscape, these parks feature a wide range of activities, scenery, climates, and wildlife. These parks offer everything from a walk on a sandy beach with views of the Atlantic Ocean at First Landing State Park to a hike on the trail that Daniel Boone carved out in 1775 at The Wilderness Road State Park in the Cumberland Mountains.

The CCC Legacy

The Civilian Conservation Corps was in operation for a total of nine years, from 1933 to 1942, during which time about three million young men were tasked with restoring our devastated land.  They improved parks, forests, and roads, fought fires and planted trees.  The legacy of the CCC remains visible today.  We have them to thank for much of the national, state, and local park lands throughout the country.

Hiking Hut to Hut in the White Mountains

One of our favorite outdoor destinations is the Presidential Range located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  We have been on several hut-to-hut backpacking trips and highly recommend this as a great way to experience the beautiful and rugged scenery during the day and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow back-packers during the evening.  The AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) operates eight high huts along the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains.

State Parks and Forests of Maryland

In our travels, we have explored several of Maryland's state parks, forests and designated natural areas. The diversity of Maryland's terrain makes for a wide variety of activities and scenery at their many excellent state-run facilities. Featured here are the Maryland parks that we have visited so far. We are planning more excursions to this beautiful state in order to continue exploring more of their wonderful parks and state forests. As we visit these places and create maps of the trail systems, we will update this article, so please check back with us from time to time for more information on Maryland's outdoor destinations.

Our Favorite Campgrounds

Following is a selection of some of the best campgrounds that we have encountered in our travels around the region. This selection is by no means a comprehensive list - we have stayed at many wonderful campgrounds throughout the Mid-Aatlantic and beyond. These are just a few of our favorites.

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