Spring has always been about shaking off the effects of a long hibernation and getting yourself back in action – and this year, that’s truer than ever. This is definitely the perfect time for a road trip to Chesapeake, Virginia, where the splendors of springtime are on full display, including the spring bird migration.
Take in the fresh air and be inspired by the beauty of nature as you explore Chesapeake’s scenic waterways, diverse trails and historic sites. And when you’ve worked up a thirst and appetite, you’ll have lots of options for savoring culinary delights ranging from eclectic eateries to farmers’ markets and working farms to local breweries.
Follow the Flock to Chesapeake, Virginia
Ready for a fun nature excursion and genuine birdwatching experience? Grab your binoculars and hit the road for Chesapeake. During the great spring bird migration, large flocks of migrating birds will meet you there. Whether you’re a hardcore birder (it’s the fastest-growing wildlife-related hobby in the country, after all) or you’re looking for an outdoor adventure to share with your family, you’ll find yourself enjoying the air show and savoring the natural beauty of springtime in Chesapeake.
Located within the Atlantic Flyway, Chesapeake is the perfect springtime birdwatching destination. It features acres and acres of forests, marshes, waterways and wetlands, habitats that make it an irresistible stopover for migrating birds. Each spring, over 200 species of birds – along with a sizeable flock of birding enthusiasts – land in Chesapeake, a place that’s been recognized as a premier birding oasis since as long ago as the 1600s. The spring migration in Chesapeake is truly an event to behold as the birds and their observers alike are all atwitter, nature-style.
So Many Scenic Sites to Choose From
Home to the South Chesapeake Loop of Virginia’s Birding and Wildlife Trail, it’s no wonder Chesapeake is so popular with birders, hikers and nature lovers in general. The scenic locales of the Loop include Oak Grove Lake Park, Northwest River Park and Campground, and the woodland trail system that meanders through the mature hardwood forest at Chesapeake Arboretum, each free and open to the public daily.
Additional favorite birding and hiking sites include Bells Mill Park, where blue herons hunt in the marshy shallows, and the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, where birdlife abounds, along with the occasional bear or bobcat.
Hoppy Beverages and Eclectic Eats
With all that birdwatching, hiking and general communing with nature, you and your crew are sure to work up a powerful thirst and appetite. Don’t worry, Chesapeake has you covered there, too, with appropriate distancing accommodations built in to your experience to help you stay safe.
Many visitors to Chesapeake delight in sampling the delicious offerings at Chesapeake’s one-of-a-kind microbreweries, Big Ugly Brewing and The Garage Brewery, which both offer seasonal, locally inspired and colorfully named beers on tap. (If you’ve never had the Garage’s Sun-kissed Strawberry Blonde, you’re in for a treat!)
You’ll also discover why so many of Chesapeake’s charming eateries, working farms and farmers’ markets have garnered a reputation as not-to-be-missed highlights for famished birders and hikers (and, well, everyone else). In fact, places like Bergey’s Breadbasket, Big Woody’s Bar and Grill, the Cutting Edge Cafe and Wicker’s Crab Pot Seafood have become destinations in themselves for foodie excursions and family outings.
Find Yourself in Small Moments That Become Lifelong Memories
If you’re looking for the perfect excursion to get life rolling again, head for Chesapeake, where nature’s in full bloom and calling your name. Whether you’re coming from Richmond, Western Virginia or the Northern Virginia area, it’s perfect for a day trip, weekend getaway or longer.
Rediscover the joy of the open road. Destination? Fun, discovery and adventure. Whether you’re a bird nerd looking to spot a new species to add to your life list … or you’re simply excited to stretch your legs and your horizons and take a hike on scenic trails showcasing nature’s springtime splendor like nowhere else … find yourself in Chesapeake, Virginia.
All photos courtesy of Visit Chesapeake