Exploring Outdoor Princess Anne, Maryland: Five Suggestions

Princess Anne, Maryland is on the southeastern shore of Chesapeake Bay and is the county seat of Somerset County. The town was established in 1733. Located along the Manokin River, the streets are lined with historic Federal and Victorian style buildings, many listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Town of Princess Anne
30489 Broad St.
Princess Anne, MD 21853
(410)651-1818

Take a self-guided walking tour of the town. There are 36 historic buildings, all within a 10-block radius. The Teackle Mansion was built in 1802 and is a classic Federal style home. The William Geddes House, built in 1735, is the oldest home in Princess Anne. The Old Presbyterian Church Lecture Hall is a fine example of Gothic style architecture.

Deal Island Wildlife Management Area
Deal Island Rd
Deal Island, MD 21821
(410)543-8223

Just down the road from Princess Anne, Maryland, Deal Island Wildlife Management Area has over 13,000 acres of wetlands. It is one of the best spots in the state for bird watching. One can observe a huge variety of waterfowl, including wigeons, pintails, gadwalls and shovelers. Giant blue herons, ibises and egrets are also commonly seen. There are miles of trails for hiking and biking, and many offer scenic views of Chesapeake Bay. The crabbing is excellent here. Hunting is available in season and in certain designated areas. After a full and rich day of sightseeing, you'll certainly love relaxing at a Princess Anne Bed & Breakfast before heading out to choose a delicious restaurant.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Maryland Route 822
Princess Anne, MD 21853
(410)651-2200


Get in the spirit and take in an athletic event at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. There are cross country, men's and women's basketball games at the Hytche Center, baseball, track meets and tennis to choose from, depending on the time of the year. The UMES Hawks are fun to watch and tickets are easily available. Root for the home team!

Pocomoke River State Park
3461 Worcester Hwy.
Snow Hill, MD 21863
(410)632-2566


Not far away to the west, Pocomoke State Forest beckons with 15,000 acres of woodlands and wetlands along the Pocomoke River. The forest is known for its magnificent cypress swamps and its stately loblolly pines. There are two public boat ramps and boat rentals are also available. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking are popular. River otters are plentiful; bald eagles can also be frequently seen. There is a Nature Center with interactive exhibits of the area's wildlife. The kids will love the scavenger hunt and learn about nature at the same time. Take advantage of the ranger-led nature tours and guided canoe and kayak tours all year long in this Princess Ann, Maryland destination.

Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum
Snow Hill Rd.
Snow Hill, MD 21863
(410)632-2032

Just north of the park is the Nassawango Iron Furnace. Built in 1828, it is the only surviving blast furnace of its kind left standing in the U.S. It was used to produce iron from the bog ore that was all around in the wetlands. Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum offers visitors a glimpse into life in the 1800s. It is open from May through October. Afterwards, drive back to your cozy Princess Anne Inn.