I was looking for a new spot to take pictures, and looking for nice spot to catch the last bits of the Milky Way that we will see this year. I pulled up my light pollution map, and found a nice spot south of Deep Creek Maryland. My trip took me into Maryland, and then over to the border of West Virginia to the Jennings Randolph Lake/North Branch of the Potomac River (depending on which state you are in). The trip was all around gorgeous, and it since it is only an hour and a half from home it was a perfect day excursion.
On the way out, I managed to make it to the overlook on RT 40 near Ohiopyle during sunset.
For my night trip I visited the north boat ramp for the Savage River Branch, and I visited Bear Run State Park.
The next morning we headed back to the north boat ramp, and to Bear Run State Park.
With a fire pit available and the sound of the creek running into the Savage River, I could have spent my entire day sitting in Bear Run State Park.
After we left Bear Run State Park we headed for West Virginia to visit the Jennings Randolph Lake/North Branch of the Potomac. The trip there was absolutely amazing. I stopped along to the way to get some pictures.
There was a park in West Virginia, but most of it was closed for the season. We were able to access one location to get some nice shots. I also saw the first signs of snow this year while I was there. (It was 19F degrees the night before when I was shooting the sky. By the time we reached West Virginia it had gotten into the high 30s F.)
It was an all around wonderful trip, and I look forward to repeating it in the spring!