Camping at Pocomoke River State Park

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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:
Shad Landing:
– 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.
Milburn Landing:
– Pets are welcome in all areas of the park. Continue reading

81-Year-Old Bridge Demolished

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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.

Camping at Burke Lake Park

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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

Camping at Lake Fairfax Park

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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