For anyone looking for a free and active way to fill a Saturday or Sunday in the outdoors during a beautiful fall day, consider walking the Marshyhope Creek Greenway Trail in Federalsburg. Grab those sneakers and the kids and walk the 2.5 miles and enjoy the sunshine. Rather ride a bike along the trail? Go for it!
Many of us are familiar with Marshyhope Creek, a 37-mile tributary of the Nanticoke River, but what some of us may not realize is that there is this wonderful multiuse greenway sitting right along the water’s edge.
The trail begins as a gravel pathway off of Rosser Road (formerly known as the VFW Boat Ramp). Head north through a natural area and be on the lookout for wildlife and waterfowl. Don’t miss the chance to honor our fallen service members at the Federalsburg Hometown Veterans Memorial, located along the trail. Cross over a series of wooden pedestrian bridges to the Marina Park, which features three pavilions for family gatherings with picnic tables, playgrounds, a walking track, a volleyball court, splash pad (in season), and a basketball court.
The trail then switches to asphalt and wanders into downtown. There are pretty vistas of the river from this vantage point. Plenty of benches along the path are great for relaxing and there are lots of trash receptacles to keep the path clean.
There is ample parking at both ends of the trail at the Zion United Methodist Church and Marina Park on South Main Street. Children will gravitate to the playground equipment behind the church, so allow extra time for swinging and sliding.
“The Marshyhope Creek Greenway Trail is perfect for people who want to do a nature walk with different types of activities along the way to keep a family experiencing something new,” said George Mayer, Main Street and Grant Administrator for the Town of Federalsburg.
The newest attraction to the trail is a canoe and kayak float dock, located at Northwest Fork Dock Park just off Central Avenue. This soft boat ramp landing for kayaks and canoes, which is ADA compliant, also features ladders.
More information about the trail and soft boat launch is available at the Federalsburg Town Hall, located at 118 North Main Street. Happy exploring!