Pocomoke River State Park which featured in the November 2006 issue of National Geographic Adventure, offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun. Bike, hike, picnic, camp, canoe and swim to your heart's content in a park known for its towering loblolly pines and cypress swamps which line the beautiful Pocomoke River. In addition, there's parasailing and windsurfing at Ocean City nearby. BBOnline gives you a run down on what to expect from the Great Outdoors in the area.
Pocomoke River State Park
3461 Worcester Highway
Snow Hill, Maryland 21863
Boat and Swim
Milburn and Shad Landing which offer boat launch facilities are on opposite sides of the Pocomoke River. You can paddle from one to the other, but Shad Landing with its established water trails is the better option in the Pocomoke River State Park.
Shad Landing has an Olympic size swimming pool with a wading pool for small children. It also offers boat slips with electric and water hookups, a lighted dock area and fuel. For concessions on food, drinks, boat rentals and marine gasoline, try timing your stay at your comfortable Snow Hill Bed and Breakfast from April through November.
The flat water of the river is ideal for kayaks and canoes and you can see the cypress swamps with their black water (in the Native American language, Pocomoke means "black water") up close. Expect to see wildlife such as warblers and otters.
A couple of water trails you can try are the 2-mile Corkers Creek - Blackwater Canoe Trail and the 4.5-mile Shad Landing to Milburn Landing trail which is great for birdwatching.
The former is a self -guided canoe trail, beautiful with flowering plants from April through October. The latter trail takes you downriver to Milburn Landing and on the way, you're likely to see bald eagles, kingfishers, cormorants and mallards.
Hike and Bike in Pocomoke River State Park
Hiking is easy and enjoyable in the Pocomoke River State Park, especially in the Milburn area which allows slightly quicker access to almost 15, 000 acres of forest.
On the 1-mile Milburn Cypress Nature Trail, you'll come across gorgeous loblolly pines and a cypress swamp.
The 4.5-mile Milburn Landing Trail travels along narrow fire trails and cuts through the woods, offering you the chance to see plenty of plants and animals. The solitude of the bald cypress swamp along the river is a welcome change. Bicycles are not allowed in the Wildlands portion of the trail.
Bikers can try the easy 4.5-mile Tarr Tract Bicycles Trail – a wooded double-track which winds through different types of forests. There are many loops for those who prefer shorter rides or you can follow the dirt road to the river.
The Hudson Tract Trail is also open to mountain bikers.
Parasailing and other Exciting Water Adventures
Ocean City, Maryland 21842
In nearby Ocean City, you can go parasailing. As you soar hundreds of feet above the lovely Chesapeake Bay, you'll have stunning views of Charlestown and Havre de Grace. Or you could go windsurfing and kiteboarding on the beach and experience the thrill of a speedboat ride. Ocean City is just about 30 minutes away from your cozy Snow Hill Inn.