Assateague State Park is located on Assateague Island near Berlin, Maryland and is owned and maintained by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The big draw of this 859-acre, ocean-front park is the population of feral horses that roam free on the island. The park also offers a visitor center, a 350-site campground, fishing, clamming, swimming, nature trails, bird watching, a boat launch and marina, a camp store and snack bar, and kayak rentals. Pets are welcome in restricted areas of the park. Continue reading
Pocomoke River State Park is tucked away on Maryland’s lower eastern shore near Snow Hill, Maryland and is owned and maintained by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The highlight of this 15,000-acre park is the wild and scenic Pocomoke River, where locals and travelers come to boat, canoe, kayak, and fish. Pocomoke means black water, and the scenery is outstanding around these dark, tannin-stained waters. The river originates in the Great Cypress Swamp in Delaware and flows southwesterly 45 miles to the Chesapeake Bay. The surrounding forest is famous for its stand of loblolly pine and for its cypress swamps which border the river. There are several campgrounds in the park and they are divided into two separate areas by the Pocomoke; the Shad Landing Area on the south and the Milburn Landing Area on the north. The park offers riverfront campsites, mini cabins, picnic areas, a marina, watercraft rentals, multi-use trails, a camp store, playgrounds, and a swimming pool. Pets are allowed in the following areas:
– The marina day-use area, including the boat ramp area to board vessels.
– The Acorn Trail camping loop.
– They are allowed in all day-use areas after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend.
– Pets are welcome in all areas of the park. Continue reading
Shenandoah River State Park is one of my favorite campgrounds and is located near Bentonville, Virginia; it is owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. One of the highlights of this 1,619-acre park is the 5.6 miles of shoreline along the south fork of the Shenandoah River where guests can hike, canoe, kayak, tube, and fish. The park offers panoramic views of the George Washington National Forest to the west and the Shenandoah National Park to the east along 24 miles of trails—seven of which are multi-use. There are riverfront campsites, cabins, picnic areas, a car-top canoe/kayak launch, horse stables (bring your own horse), and a playground. Pets are welcome in the park and must be leashed and supervised during their stay. Continue reading
The old Route 7 bridge, a two-lane span built over Goose Creek in 1932, connecting Leesburg to eastern Loudoun County, is no more. Demolition was completed this month after the county decided not to fund it’s rehabilitation. Since the 1980s, the bridge served as a scenic overlook for hikers and bikers of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and the Keep Loudoun Beautiful Park. I took this photo of the bridge during Hurricane Sandy when the flood waters crested inches below its span.
Burke Lake Park is located in Fairfax Station, Virginia and is owned and maintained by the Fairfax County Park Authority. The centerpiece of this 888-acre park is 218-acre Burke Lake where guests can rent boats and canoes to angle for six different species of fish. The park also offers campgrounds, miniature train rides, a carousel, outdoor volleyball courts, an 18-hole par 3 golf course, disk golf, horse shoe pits, an ice cream parlor and snack bar, picnic areas with grills, playgrounds, and a miniature golf course. Pets are welcome in the park and must be leashed and supervised during their stay. Continue reading
Lake Fairfax Park is located in Reston, Virginia and is owned and maintained by the Fairfax County Park Authority. The highlight of this 476-acre park is 18-acre Lake Fairfax where guests can canoe, pedal boat, and fish for rainbow trout. The park also offers a one-acre waterpark, a restored antique carousel, playground, picnic areas, campgrounds, hiking trails, athletic fields, and a new skate park. Pets are welcome in the park and must be leashed and supervised during their stay. Continue reading