Hikes on the Mid Shore

Hiking on the Mid Shore is a great way to get outdoors, enjoy nature and get the blood pumping all year round. Here are some hikes to consider on the Mid Shore this year:

Talbot County

Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park

29761 Bolingbroke Point Drive, Trappe

Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park welcomes guests to the Choptank River Trail, a self-guided hike through a wooded area overlooking the Choptank River. A great area for bird watching, the trail is about a mile in length. For more information, visit https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/choptankpier.aspx.

Bolingbroke Park – Izaak Walton League

2665 Money Make Road, Trappe

The Mid-Shore Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America invites the community for a rejuvenating hike at the scenic Bolingbroke Park. This family-friendly hike offers an opportunity for individuals and families to explore the natural beauty of the area. For more information, visit https://iwla.org/mid-shore.

Seth Demonstration Forest

Dover Neck Road, Easton

This 121-acre property is located just east of Easton and is managed by Maryland Department of National Resources. The forest has several marked trails about 1.9 miles in length and is perfect for a serene hike through tall trees. For more information, visit https://dnr.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/publiclands/CFL/Demonstration-Forests.aspx.

Oxford Conservation Park

4890 Boone Creek Road, Oxford

Talbot County Department of Parks and Recreation manages this scenic bird paradise. The park includes a .6-mile loop trail with convenient on-site parking. For more information, visit https://talbotparks.org/parks.

Pickering Creek Audubon Center

11450 Audubon Lane, Easton

Explore four miles of walking trails that wind through 450 acres of a variety of habitats representing the Coastal Plain of the Eastern Shore. Trails are open daily. For more information, visit https://pickeringcreek.org.

Pickering Creek Audubon Center in Talbot County has four miles of walking trails.

St. Michaels Nature Trail

South Talbot Street, St. Michaels – across from Bay Hundred Pool

This 1.3-mile paved trail is easily accessible and features nice water views and a bridge that goes over San Domingo Creek. Explore the beauty of St. Michaels and walk into town afterward for a meal or shopping. For more information, visit www.traillink.com/trail/st-michaels-nature-trail.

Caroline County

Adkins Arboretum

12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely

Enjoy five miles of paths throughout the arboretum’s 400 acres. They meander through various habitats, including upland meadows, maturing hardwood forest, and lush wooded bottomland. The paths are well marked for those who venture on their own or attend a one-hour guided walk with a naturalist on the first Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. Visit adkinsarboretum.org.

Martinak State Park

137 Deep Shore Road, Denton

Stroll along the paved one-mile trail and take the opportunity to try the fitness stations or look for different bird species. It’s a great trail for the whole family. Visit https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/martinak.aspx for more details.

Tuckahoe State Park

12282 Eveland Road, Ridgely

Grab binoculars and walk about two miles through fields and woods looking for different animal species. Visit https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/tuckahoe.aspx.

Dorchester County

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park

4068 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek

This two-mile hike goes along a portion of Wildlife Drive through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The Wildlife Drive is flat and paved, so it makes for an easy hike. For more information, visit https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/tubman.aspx.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge

Open daily from dawn to dusk, the refuge offers five miles of hiking on Marsh Edge (.41 miles), Woods (.87 mile), Key Wallace (2.75 miles) and Tubman Road (1.5 miles) trails. Visit https://www.fws.gov/refuge/blackwater for hiking details.

Open daily from dawn to dusk, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County offers five miles of hiking. Photo courtesy of MEWUSFWS.

Kent County

Cypress Branch State Park

10803 Galena Road, Millington

While walking through grass, stroll about .3 miles along the pond between 8 a.m. and sunset. Visit https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/cypressbranch.aspx.

Sassafrass Natural Resource Management Area (NRMA)

13540 Turners Creek Road, Kennedyville

Take a leisurely stroll through the fields, around the tidal pond, and down to the Sassafras River. Catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagle on this 2.5-miles hike. Leashed pets are welcome. Open sunrise to sunset. Find more details at https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/sassafras.aspx.

Turner’s Creek Park

Turner’s Creek Road, Kennedyville

Located adjacent to the Sassafrass Natural Resource Management Area, Turner’s Creek is part of the National Park Service, Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. On its 147 acres, explore trails, wooded acres, open fields, and a waterfront bluff overlooking Turner’s Creek off the Sassafrass River. The Lathim Trail is .57 miles where one can view the historic tree grove. The Pavilion Trail is .16 miles and has a fishing pier, restrooms, a picnic area and boat ramp. The Cattail Trail is a mere .06 miles where one can view the Kent Museum. Call 410-778-1948.

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

1730 Eastern Neck Road, Rock Hall

Open daily from dawn to dusk, the refuge offers expansive views of the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay along seven different trails, including Boxes Point Trail (1.2 miles), Duck Inn Trail (one mile), Wildlife Trail (.5 mile), and Bayview/Butterfly Trail, to name a few. View restored grasslands, the shoreline, waterfowl, woods, native plants and butterflies. Visit www.fws.gov/refuge/eastern-neck/visit-us/locations/eastern-neck-national-wildlife-refuge.

Queen Anne’s County

Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area

632 Wye Island Road, Queenstown

The 2,800 acres of Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area consists of tidal recesses of the Chesapeake Bay between the Wye River and the Wye East River. Enjoy Wye Island’s six miles of trails. The School House Woods Nature Trail takes hikers through a mature hardwood forest while the Ferry Landing Trail leads beneath a canopy of Osage Orange Trees. Wye Island also houses a Holly Tree that is more than 290 years old. Follow the Holly Tree Trail to view it. Visit https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/WyeIsland/Trails.aspx for more information.

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville

Experience many self-guided hikes at CBEC’s 510-acre wildlife preserve exploring native woodlands, tidal marshes, and meadows. There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated. Stop at the visitor’s center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for maps and materials or visit bayrestoration.org.

Cross Island Trail

1701 Piney Creek Road, Chester

This 6.5-mile-long trail has various access points. Parking is available at the Terrapin Nature Park, Old Love Point Park, Castle Marina Road, the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center and the public lots beneath the Kent Narrows US 50/301 Bridge. These lots are open daily from sunrise to sunset. The trail offers views of creeks, woods, meadows and farmlands. Dogs are allowed on leash. Visit www.qac.org/facilities/facility/details/crossislandtrail-134.

Terrapin Nature Park

191 Log Canoe Circle, Stevensville

This oyster chaff walking trail is 3.25 miles long and meanders through wildflower meadows, wetlands, tidal ponds, woodlands and sandy shoreline. View lots of waterfowl and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The trail connects to the Cross Island Trail system. Call 410-758-0835.

South Island Trail

Marine Academy Drive, Stevensville

The trail is located on Kent Island and is a seven-mile paved trail that runs parallel to Route 8 beginning at Matapeake State Park and ending at Romancoke Fishing Pier. Call 410-758-0835.

Off-Road Trail at Terrapin

117 Bateau Drive, Stevensville

This natural surface trail provides four loops for all skill levels and is shared by hikers and bikers. The main loop measures 1.2 miles long and there are three additional loops with more difficult terrain, adding .6 more trail. Call 410-758-0835.

Church Hill Park

1130 Sudlersville Road, Church Hill

Encompassing 40 acres, the park has a one-mile paved walking trail that wraps around the park. With its many trees and flowers, the trail has an arboretum atmosphere all year round. Visit www.qac.org/facilities/facility/details/churchhillpark-15.

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