Paddle Notes

Suggested Trip

National Cherry Blossom Festival: The Nation's Capital in All Its Blooming Glory!

Through the years, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has taken on more and more significance – growing from its initial three-day celebration – to its current two weeks, packed with ceremonial and entertainment events.

April 11, 2019

Top Places For

Top Ten Places for Spring Migration Birding in the District of Columbia

You may be surprised to learn that you do not need to leave the confines of Washington, DC to find world-class spring migration birding opportunities. There are a number of parks and habitats throughout the city that provide important habitat for breeding or foraging on the journey northwards.

February 21, 2019

Suggested Trip

Riding the Towpath: A Natural vs. Man-Made Continuum

Cycling the C&O Canal is a great way to reflect and commune with nature. Follow one man’s journey along the canal as he observes the forms of ‘natural’ and ‘man-made’ within the Park.

November 19, 2018

Suggested Trip

Caledon State Park – A Haven for Eagles and Visitors Alike

Lying along the broad tidal stretch of the Potomac River about 50 miles downstream from Washington, DC, Caledon State Park’s 2,500 acres of riverside forest are a gathering place for bald eagles from up and down the East Coast.

August 29, 2018

Suggested Trip

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum – brimming with history

Everyone who was anyone in the ever-evolving political and commercial landscape of the time would have spent hour upon hour at Gadsby’s Tavern – eating, drinking and engaging in heavy debates over the issues of the day.

August 20, 2018

Suggested Trip

C&O Canal quarters are locked in a time warp

Six of the Lockhouses on the C&O Canal have been refurbished and furnished to accommodate overnight guests.

April 19, 2018

From the Field

Huntley Meadows--The Natural Island in Suburbia

Located only 30 minutes from Washington D.C, Huntley Meadows serves as a natural island vacation from the monotonous meadows of metropolis.

February 8, 2018

Top Places For

Top places to go paddling with kids on the Potomac River

The idea of canoeing or kayaking with kids may seem daunting ‒ you need the right equipment, and safety precautions are paramount. But there are many places on the Potomac River where paddlers of all ages can take off with ease.

October 11, 2017

From the Field

Kayak Touring on the Potomac

The Potomac is one of Chesapeake Bay’s “Five Fair Rivers,” mentioned by John Smith and is home to a large part of the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail. Chesapeake Paddlers Association has a long tradition of kayak touring on the Potomac. Ralph Heimlich has been trying to revive that interest.

July 18, 2017

In-Depth

Get on board for stand-up paddling

Stand-up paddle boarding came to the Chesapeake Bay region about seven years ago and shows no signs of waning. The sport is growing in popularity: There are paddle board races, paddle board team-building activities, paddle board yoga, paddle board youth camps and even a cool nickname for the sport — SUP.

May 22, 2017

In-Depth

Warm air masks coldwater dangers for paddlers

If you are determined to hit the water, don’t act on impulse. Plan ahead. Investigate a full range of safety gear and, most importantly, test it in the water, close to shore, with others present.

April 24, 2017

In-Depth

Fort Washington now a peaceful oasis just outside DC

From the heights of Fort Washington Park, the shores of the Potomac River frame the skyline of the nation's capital with the Washington Monument jutting toward the sky. Urban life can seem very far away.

February 2, 2017

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