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The Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has recently received the highest designation a road can receive from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration — an All-American Road. Forty-nine new designations as an All-American Road in 28 state…

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In the oldest house in one of West Virginia’s oldest towns, a major restoration has begun. Moorefield’s Robert Higgins House, completed in 1788 by a Revolutionary War officer, is being transformed into a museum that will interpret the regional history this house witnessed.

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While many people travel to Mountaineer Country to enjoy the great outdoors, there are quite a few attractions that provide another reason to visit. The area around Morgantown, West Virginia, is home to a wide mix of museums that offer visitors everything from the chance to view modern and f…

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Since 1920, the Monongahela National Forest, or “Mon Forest” as the locals call it, covers about a million acres of National Forest system lands in the north central highlands of West Virginia. This ecologically diverse land has elevations ranging from less than 1,000 feet to a whopping 4,86…

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Now through May 15, we want you — our readers — to submit your favorite overlook in the Mid-Atlantic to us. It could be one that you’ve hiked to or one that you can drive to. The only real criteria is that it has to have an awesome view.

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National Geographic states “America’s newest national park is a haven for hiking, climbing, and rafting. West Virginia’s New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is well-suited to welcoming adventurers in a time of pandemic.” And we are lucky to have this gem so close to us we can drive th…

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What is there not to love about a small town? Quaint beautiful places where you meet your friends at a baseball game. Places where you share a pot-luck supper at a neighbor’s house, gather for a picnic in the park or enjoy a sundae at a local ice cream shop. Places where you still keep up wi…

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With spring bringing an end to a particularly snowy and distanced winter, it’s no wonder folks are itching for weekend vacations to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather and longer days. However, with social restrictions still in place, spring fever poses a new challenge for travelers as c…

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For rest and relaxation, Shenandoah National Park is a natural choice. This is the escape you need. Skyland, Big Meadows Lodge and Lewis Mountain Cabins are located right inside the park, which helps you see more of it.

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“Everything is open for business in Wytheville,” says Shane Terry of the Wytheville Convention and Visitors Bureau. With terrific cultural amenities and the lure of surrounding mountains and streams, Wytheville is the envy of many communities this spring. Here, at the crossroads of the Blue …

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Let’s face it, this has been a challenging year and many of us are especially happy to bid goodbye to winter. Warmer temperatures paired with the greening of the landscape and the sprouting of happy little flowers like daffodils and crocuses can turn many a dour disposition sunny.

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The first blossoms of spring are always exciting to watch. Buds of green and blowing flower petals seem to spark a spring fever that’s hard to ignore. For those that are itching for outdoor activities to enjoy the warm weather and awakening trees, Howard County invites onlookers to view its …

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For anglers, social distancing is nothing new. Our sport’s generally accepted etiquette mandates keeping some distance between each person on the water. However, the increasing number of people on the water is definitely something new.

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“Spotsylvania County, Virginia, is the place to be for anglers,” said Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources Biologist John Odenkirk. In his 30 years on the water, “the bass population has never been better,” he said. “Add in the monster crappie, striped bass and hybrid striped bass, and …

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Allegany County Tourism, the C&O Canal Trust and the Canal Towns Partnership have launched the C&O Canal Libations Trail, created to celebrate the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park’s 50th anniversary of joining the National Park Service (NPS). The trail includes wi…

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Whether you’re an experienced angler or long-time hobbyist, the coastal city of Hampton, Virginia, boasts a series of diverse waterways and plenty of opportunities for you to cast a line.

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WELLSBORO -- The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PA Wilds Center) announced Monday it is opening its second PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Leonard Harrison State Park via a mobile unit this summer, expanding visitor services at the busy state park and improving market access for rural e…

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Nelson County social-distanced long before it was fashionable. Enjoy plenty of wide-open spaces in 471 miles of a playground that includes the first 30 miles of the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway and the mighty James River. Explore the coolest hike in Virginia, the Blue Ridge Tunnel, Nelson’s n…

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A trip to Grant County is the cure for any family’s case of winter blues or cabin fever. With a variety of opportunities for outdoor adventures, the area has a getaway in store for families of all experience and comfort levels. Choose from a plethora of activities, locations and lodging to f…

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Adventures in the Lebanon Valley await the bicycling enthusiast, where there’s everything from leisurely country roads to miles upon miles of off-road trails. Mountain bikers and trail aficionados up for the challenge can test their skill on single track trails and designated trails, each wi…

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The month of February, including Valentine’s Day, is that time of year when we want to be with the special people in our lives. We arrange romantic dinners and resort stays, take rare excursions and buy special gifts. Some couples get engaged or married. Though this year’s celebrations are b…

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We are lucky to have Valentine’s Day fall on a Sunday this year, giving couples a chance to plan a weekend trip without fear of using up precious vacation time for warmer months. The theme of this year’s Valentine’s Day festivities seems to be safe and secluded getaways close to home. Couple…

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The Elk County Commissioners and the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau are pleased to announce the 2021 versions of the popular Elk Viewing Guide and Elk County Trails Guide are now available. The Elk Viewing Guide is the quintessential guide to seeing elk in Pennsylvania’s “Wild E…

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My husband and I have three young children so it is rare that we get any time alone, least of all a weekend away. During the pandemic, it has been especially hard to find time to get a break from the kids and reconnect as a couple.

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As the Recreation News team sifted through a few hundred nominations for the Top 10 Small Towns in the Mid-Atlantic feature we’re working on for the April edition, there was one theme that shined: Most of those that made nominations loved a place because of its charm.

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The pandemic has taught us many things, including the importance of love and compassion for others and how precious life is. As we begin 2021, we should celebrate love, family, and togetherness.

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Wintertime. For many, it’s a time to escape for warmer climates, but for others the crisp winter air on the cheeks, the beauty of snowfall, the broader vistas while hiking, or simply snuggling by a fireplace conjures up images of the ideal getaway. Better yet, take the whole family or group …

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Snow enthusiasts took to the slopes at Mid-Atlantic resorts in November and will continue to pursue winter fun at resorts opening this month. All resorts have COVID-19 restrictions in place, so visitors can expect to wear masks, keep a safe distance from others, and wash hands or use sanitiz…

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Besides sunny beaches, top-notch restaurants and picturesque sunsets, Maryland’s Eastern Shore is known for its hunting and fishing opportunities. With 600 miles of Chesapeake shoreline and thousands of acres of public hunting lands, Somerset County in particular calls to sportsmen and women…

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Skiers and snowboarders in the Mid-Atlantic will be heading out to the Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Laurel Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort in southwest Pennsylvania. They are among the state’s 21 ski areas open to the public.

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It’s the biggest news for snow sports enthusiasts in decades. The long troubled Timberline Four Seasons Resort, following bankruptcy and closure, was purchased almost a year ago by Perfect North Slopes, a truly class act in the industry with four decades of experience.

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Ski well and be well, it’s a great healthy motto these days. Coined by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), an organization founded in 1962 as a trade association for 320 alpine resorts and 90% of skier and snowboarder visits nationwide, the slogan keeps a healthy sport healthy during …

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Once in a blue moon, we discover a place with all the elements we could want on a trip — a place that balances beauty with creativity and human kindness. With all those attributes and more Harrisonburg, Virginia, is a great mountain getaway.

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If you’ve ever walked down Main Street of Historic Ellicott City, you instantly feel yourself leaving the hustle and bustle of suburban and city life into a quainter, quieter way of living. Warm brick buildings line the narrow road, and every face (even from behind masks) is smiling and frie…

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If you’ve been following the Recreation News editor’s note, you know that in September, copy editor Sean and I were “Whisked Away” on a surprise trip. Booked through Whisked Away Surprise Travel based in Charlotte, North Carolina, these trips are totally planned for you — and you don’t find …