P.O. Drawer 490, Davis, WV 26260, (304) 259-5216
Named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge. More water in early spring. Lots of special events.
11661 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville, VA 20132
“Our 894 acres are home to deep woods, streams, a working farm, wildflower meadows, historic farmsteads, apiaries, and wildlife.”
2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, DE 19977
See the Wildlife Calendar for the best times to see flora and fauna.
7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville, VA 20121
Early April: Bluebells Bloom
Free for locals, there is a fee of $7 for non-residents
1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902
May – Sept: “Wings of Fancy” Live Butterfly Exhibit in a large greenhouse
Best to visit weekday mornings after school is out.
There is a fee of $6.
NOTE: “Wings of Fancy” will close at 12 noon during the following National Weather Service conditions:
Heat Advisory, Excessive Heat Warning, Code Red or Purple Air Quality Alert.
The exhibit may also close at other times during severe thunderstorms or other emergencies. Please call or check the website before your visit.
Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW Washington, DC 20007 (202-653-5190
Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854 (301-767-3714
Brunswick Visitor Center is located at 40 West Potomac Street Brunswick, MD 21716 (301-834-7100)
Williamsport Visitor Center, Cushwa Basin, 205 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD 21795 (301-582-0813)
Hancock Visitor Center, Bowles House near lock 52, 439 East Main Street, Hancock, MD 21750, (301-678-5463)
Cumberland Visitor Center, Western Maryland Railway Station, Room 304, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, MD 21502 (301-722-8226)
The park is open during daylight hours. Some visitor centers operate on a seasonal schedule. Contact each current hours of operation. There is access to a limited area of the Potomac’s Great Falls from the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center
The Tidal Basin, Washington, DC
Schedule varies year to year; be sure to check newspapers or web site.
Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA 19063
There are several civil war reenactments and other events of historical significance.
Cunningham Falls State Park, Inc.
14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont MD 21788
Cunningham Falls – more water in the early spring. Also of note: Historic Catoctin Iron Furnace, annual maple syrup program, numerous special events.
1703 32nd Street, NW, DC 20007 (located in Georgetown)
Flowers bloom through the year, (http://bloomingatdoaks.com/average-bloom-times-2/).
Gardens are closed during inclement weather, federal holidays and on Christmas Eve.
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children and seniors.
Commercial photography is not allowed. No tripods or monopods.
1478 Mill Run Road, Mill Run, PA 15464
Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, surrounded by deep forests.
11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool MD 21711, 301-842-2155
See calendar of special events
2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230
See calendar of special events
From I-95/495 take exit 3, Indian Head Higway South/MD 210.
Travel about 4 miles to Fort Washington Road, turn right. The park is located at the end of the road.
See calendar of special events
Gettysburg National Military Park, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Civil War Re-enactments http://www.gettysburgaddress.com/HTMLS/Reenact.html
9200 Old Dominion Dr., McLean, VA 22102
See C&O Canal for Maryland access.
$5.00 Vehicle Pass. Good for three consecutive days for one vehicle, including motorcycles, in Great Falls Park and C&O Canal National Historical Park in Maryland. $20.00 Annual Pass. Good for one year from the date of purchase in Great Falls Park and C&O Canal National Historical Park in Maryland.
There is Harpers Ferry Historical Park, which includes much of the oldest part of the town.
Park Visitor Center is at 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
http://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm And there is the town of Harpers Ferry, which is very quaint with many old buildings and is host numerous festivals and craft/art fairs. http://historicharpersferry.com/ & http://www.harpersferrywv.net/
Near the full and new moons of May and early June, predominantly at night, hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs will make their way on to sandy beaches to spawn. This spawn also serves as fuel for the migration of shorebirds from Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America to the Northern Arctic circle where these birds will nest. There is some spawning activity on Maryland inland sandy beaches both in the Chesapeake Bay and along the coast if you don’t want to travel so far. Also if you intend to observe the horseshoe crab spawning on the Delaware Beaches make sure you stick around until day time to observe the shorebirds which feed on the horseshoe crab eggs.
Huntley Meadows Park & Visitor Center
3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria, 703-768-2525
1,425 acres Fairfax County’s Hybla Valley has ½ mile boardwalk wetland trail, wildlife observation platforms and a 2 mile interpretive trail system. Offers some of the best wildlife watching in the Washington metropolitan area with excellent views of beavers, frogs, dragonflies and herons. Huntley. Is well known as a prime birding spot, with over 200 species identified in the park. Visitors center closed Tuesdays, but the park is open. Hours vary; see web site.
60 Ida Lee Drive, NW, Leesburg, VA 20176
Near the heart of old town Leesburg, great day of shooting and lunch!
5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553
The winery has a Renaissance Festival on property, In addition, you have access to the lake (a bit more of a drive), but lots of opportunities for shooting in this area.
6800 Lily Pons Road, Adamstown, MD 21710,
Lily Pons is a private dealer of aquatic plants and water gardening supplies. They allow public access to their extensive landscaped ponds.
830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood, VA 22646
6511 Sudley Road
Manassas, VA 20109
National Park: $3 per person, good for 3 days. National Park Pass accepted
Bluebells bloom by the old bridge early April.
12410 Lawyers Road, Herndon, VA 20171
A private collection of irises and other flowers that is open to the public each spring. Open sunrise to sunset. There is no entrance fee.
Off River Road adjacent to C&O Canal National Park
The two sunflower fields are major attractions in July.
There are two fields. The first is located just off River Road at the first parking lot for Mc-Kee Beshers.
The second field is on Sycamore Landing Road, just south of River Road. You’ll need to park along the side of the road for the second field since there isn’t a convenient parking lot. Each field covers a few acres.
(Note: different fields planted for 2012 – flowers scattered along with wild growth
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court Vienna, VA 22182
95 acre complex of large ornamental display gardens and unique native plant collections. Walking trails, lakes, more than twenty varieties of cherry trees, irises, peonies, an extensive shade garden, native wildflowers, gazebos, birds, butterflies, seasonal blooms and foliage.
There are two entrances: 3501 New York Avenue, NE, DC 20002
24th & R Streets, NE, off of Bladensburg Road. (best)
Lots of photogenic monuments, memorials, museums and small secluded gardens. Don’t forget about the Vernal Equinox (March) when there is alignment of full moon with monuments. Can also be viewed from Arlington, VA
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg, VA 20175
Oatlands is beautiful throughout the year. The facility is closed January through March.
Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 13950 Dawson Beach Rd., Woodbridge, VA 22191
Excellent place to photograph Osprey
8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls, VA
St. Paul’s Rock Creek Episcopal Parish
Rock Creek Church Road & Webster St., NW, Washington, DC 20011
Open daily 8:00 am until 6:00 pm
Dates to 1719 and contains may sculptures and monuments. It is of note because of the several mausoleums with stained glass. There are also many notables in residence,
8769 Old Dumfries Rd. Catlett, VA 20119, 540-272-7839
Park along the lower drive; you may walk past the lavender shop up to the lavender field in front of the gray Cape Cod house.
See Directions to the four entrances
This area could be visited in any month.
Union Mills Homestead
3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, MD. 21158
100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20001
Use of tripod requires a permit; call (202) 226-4145