Trips and Tips

Looking for a fun way to explore the Chesapeake Bay region? Interested in visiting a historic community, a nature preserve, or paddling down a river near your home? Our “Trips and Tips” newsletter has the information you’re looking for! Each week, Trips & Tips highlights interesting, unusual and off-the-beaten path events taking place from the mouth of Bay to the Susquehanna and everywhere in between. You’ll find out about fun things to do around the watershed such as cruises in southern Maryland, hikes in on the Susquehanna, paddles on the Nanticoke, or festivals in Baltimore or Richmond. You can receive the Trips and Trips weekly e-newsletter straight to your inbox. Click here to sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter,Trips and Tips.


Full Moon Hike

Take a brisk hike through the moonlit gardens, meadows, and woods of the National Arboretum. Your guide will share specially chosen points of interest and seasonal highlights. The two-hour walk over hilly and uneven terrain is a brisk hike, not a garden tour, so prepare accordingly. Full Moon hikes fill quickly; register soon to reserve your spot. Ages 16+; $35 ($30 FONA Member). Registration required. July 26-28; 8pm-10pm; U. S. National Arboretum. More details and registration.

James River Transportation Festival

Travel through the James River Gorge has evolved from foot, to boat, to rail, and our modern highway road system. Learn more about the vital role the James River has played in Virginia transportation over the past few hundred years at the James River Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 63. Discover for yourself why Virginians built a canal system and the design secrets that make the Blue Ridge Parkway 'America's Favorite Drive' during the festival. Exhibits and displays include a restored Battery Creek Lift Lock, a replica batteau, and antique cars. July 21, 10am-4pm; Blue Ridge Parkway, James River Visitor Center, Monroe. More detail

Pork, Peanut, & Pine Festival

This event highlights Surry's three world-renowned agricultural products in a two-day festival of arts, crafts, music and food. Bring an appetite and plan to stay all day. $5 per person or $10 per vehicle, under 10 free. July 21, 10am-5pm; Chippokes Plantation State Park, Surry. More details.

Elk River Exploration

Explore the banks of Turkey Point by paddling the Elk River. Along the way learn to identify some of the animals that call this watery habitat home. $20 per canoe, $15 per single kayak. Have your own canoe or kayak bring it along for just $5 per person. Space is limited, so call today to make your reservations. July 21, 9am-11am; Elk Neck State Park, North East. More details and registration.

Adult Marsh Canoe

Paddle some of the smaller branches of the Patuxent River to look for beavers, birds, other wildlife, and flowering wetland plants. Trips are 4 hours long and include: general orientation, basic paddling lesson, up to 0.5 mile walk to canoes/kayaks, launching canoes, and paddling. Paddlers can expect to actively paddle for 2 to 2.5 hours. Ages 18+; $20. July 21, 4pm-8pm; Jug Bay Wetland, Lothian. More details and registration.