Getting outdoors is an excellent way to take some important time and focus on yourself. The semester is quickly beginning to wind down. Seniors are completing their theses, course work may be piling up for some, and exams are creeping up upon us. It is important to make sure you are taking the time to take care of your mental and physical health. Getting some fresh air for a little while can help you clear you mind and relax. Here are a few places nearby where you can get outside, take a walk, or even go for a hike.
Campus – We walk around campus every day but how often do you walk with no destination? Taking a leisurely stroll through our beautiful campus can help you get a quick break from school.
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge – This wildlife refuge is very close by, located in Rock Hall. It is a great place for fishing, hunting, bird watching, or just walking around. The refuge is also located on the Chesapeake Bay so you can sit by the water and take it all in.
Tuckahoe State Park – Tuckahoe is located in Queen Anne, a quick drive from campus. The park has over 20 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding. There is also a huge jungle gym made out of tires to unleash your inner child.
Patapasco Valley State Park – This state park is one of my favorites for hiking. It is located in Ellicott City, about an hour and a half away from campus. However, it is certainly worth the drive. There are tons of hiking trails and lots of beautiful scenery to look at while getting away from the daily stress of life.
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