Parks Photo Tour

Scenic parks and preserves are a defining part of the landscape in the Capital Region USA. Discover major national parks, diverse state parks and thriving wildlife refuges.

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Wild ponies on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia

This 14,000-acre refuge is home to the Chincoteague Pony, a breed of wild horse which legend claims swam ashore after escaping a shipwrecked Spanish galleon.

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Little Stony Man Mountain in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park includes 500 miles of hiking trails. This mountain, the second highest peak, has some of the best views.

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Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

Noted for its beauty, this 469-mile National Scenic Byway runs along the Blue Ridge mountain chain, which is part of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Douthat State Park near Clifton Forge, Virginia

Near the Allegheny Mountains, this park is one of the original six state parks in Virginia. Today, it’s a popular spot for hiking, biking, boating, fishing and swimming.

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Great Falls Park, Virginia

This small but strikingly scenic park runs along the banks of the Potomac River, falling over steep, jagged rocks and creating beautiful waterfalls.

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, Maryland

Officially designated as a national monument in spring 2013, this 125-mile scenic drive pays tribute to the legendary abolitionist who helped slaves escape north along this route.

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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland

Created as a sanctuary for migrating birds, this park on Maryland’s Eastern Shore hosts more than 250 bird species and 35 reptile and amphibian species.

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Rocky Gap State Park, Maryland

This 3,200-acre park encircles a large manmade lake and is popular with golfers, hikers, boaters and swimmers.

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Deep Creek Lake State Park, Maryland

This park surrounds the largest inland lake in Maryland and is a popular leisure destination with golfing, boating, water skiing and hiking.

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Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland

This 16,000-acre park borders 32 miles of the Patapsco River and includes five distinct recreational areas for hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback riding and mountain biking.

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Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC

This urban park runs through Washington, DC and offers many recreational facilities, including a golf course, equestrian centre, nature centre, planetarium, picnic facilities and outdoor concert venue.

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Anacostia Park, Washington, DC

One of DC’s largest parks, it includes aquatic gardens, four boat clubs, a public boat ramp with access to the Anacostia River and areas to play baseball, basketball and tennis.

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