With cooler days ahead, now is a great time to plan an outdoor adventure in Caroline County. Here are a few favorite spots to get outside to hike, bike, horseback ride or take a leisurely stroll. Trail maps for each of these destinations are available online at VisitCaroline.org/CarolineCountyTrails.
12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely
410-634-2847 | AdkinsArboretum.org
This 400-acre native garden and preserve features miles of interpretive paths that lead visitors through a diverse setting of woodlands, meadows, wetlands, streams, and display gardens. Adkins Arboretum is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and conservation of the rich and diverse native plants of the Delmarva Peninsula.
Idylwild Wildlife Management Area
4404 Houston Branch Road, Federalsburg
410-376-3236 | DNR.Maryland.gov/_ildlife/Pages/PublicLands/Eastern/Idylwild.aspx
Surrounding the headwaters of Marshyhope Creek, Idylwild Wildlife Management Area consists of 4,000 acres of diverse forest, including 27 miles of trails (maintained but not marked) for bird watching, hiking, hunting, canoeing and kayaking. Alongside the Marshyhope Creek is Federalsburg’s four-mile long Greenway, which is paved for hiking and biking.
Parking area at the end of Robin’s Creek Road, Preston
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s Lynch Preserve offers about two miles of hiking trails that wind through a forested canopy along the Choptank River and Robin’s Creek. The 206-acre natural area was donated to the Conservancy by Mary Lynch in memory of her husband Jim Lynch, Sr.
Martinak State Park
137 Deep Shore Road, Denton
410-820-1668 | DNR.Maryland.govPublicLands/Pages/Eastern/Martinak.aspx
Enjoy a peaceful hike at Martinak State Park. Located along the Choptank River and Watts Creek just south of historic Denton, Martinak State Park is the perfect place to stroll through the forest or take in views of the river along the Point Trail.
Tuckahoe State Park
13070 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne
410-820-1668 | DNR.Maryland.gov/PublicLands/Pages/Eastern/Tuckahoe.aspx
Tuckahoe State Park has more than 20 miles of scenic trails perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding. A 60-acre lake feeds the Tuckahoe Creek, which winds through the length of the park. Printed trail maps are available for hikers at the Park Office.
To plan your outdoor adventure or for more information, visit VisitCaroline.org.