Pocomoke State Forest Recreational Opportunities

Hunting

Please refer to the hunting maps located here for the designated areas to hunt on Pocomoke State Forest.

The Guide to Hunting & Trapping in Maryland contains the current regulations and seasons for hunting on the Pocomoke State Forest.


Trails

Pocomoke State Forest has over 25 miles of hiking trails available for day hikes or multi-day experiences. Camping is not allowed on Pocomoke State Forest or Chesapeake Forest Lands. Camping is allowed by reservation on Pocomoke River State Park in the Milburn Landing or Shad Landing areas. Visit the Pocomoke River State Park website here: (http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/pocomokeriver.aspx) or contact their office at 410-632-2566 for more information. There is no motorized or off-road vehicle recreation use allowed on Pocomoke State Forest or Chesapeake Forest trails.

Trail guides and maps are available for purchase at the Chesapeake Forest/Pocomoke State Forest and Pocomoke River State Park offices. The trail system varies in terrain, but is generally flat. There may be stream or road crossings or standing water on these trails. Visitors are encouraged to wear blaze orange during the hunting seasons. Remember, you are responsible for having the necessary skills, knowledge, and equipment for a safe and environmentally friendly visit.

The trails on Pocomoke State Forest are as follows:

Algonquin Cross County Trail

The Algonquin Cross County trail is 12.5-miles winding through the Chesapeake Forest and Pocomoke State Forest from Snow Hill Road (MD Route 12) south of Salisbury to Milburn Landing State Park. Parking areas are available at both trailheads, as well as at many points along the trail. This trail is ideal for those looking for a full day hike or a hike with an overnight stay at Milburn Landing.  Parking at the Foster trailhead can accommodate large vehicles, such as trucks with horse trailers.


Chandler-Colburne Trail

Chandler Tract Trail

The Chandler tract has a total of 6.8 miles of trails with multiple loops. There are multiple trails designated by three different colors. The large loop (green) is 4.4 miles when starting from the south parking lot. An additional 1.7-mile blue trail loop begins and ends at the northeastern edge of the green loop. The 1.5-mile white trail begins at the south parking lot and terminates at Corker’s Creek. Parking for the Chandler tract is located off Worcester Highway (US 113) directly across from the Shad Landing area of Pocomoke River State Park.

Colburne Tract Trail

A 1.9-mile loop trail designated with red markers is located on the Colburne tract. A 0.9-mile white spur trail begins at the northeast corner of the red loop trail and leads towards Corker’s Creek. Parking for the Colburne tract is located off Onley Road approximately 1¼ miles from the intersection of Betheden Church Road.

Hudson-Tarr Bike Trail and Mattaponi Soft Launch

Located between Snow Hill and Pocomoke City near the Shad Landing area of Pocomoke River State Park, this 8.5-mile network of single-track mountain bike trails winds through the Hudson and Tarr tracts of the Pocomoke State Forest. Trail sections and loops are marked using 4 different colored blazes (blue, green, white, and yellow). Parking is encouraged near the trail crossing on Blades Road. Although this trail is designed for non-motorized bike use, all compatible uses are supported.

The Mattaponi soft launch is located at the end of Blades Road. Boat unloading and parking areas are available near the soft launch. The soft launch is designed for small watercraft, such as kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and jon boats.

Milburn Landing Trail

Located adjacent to the Milburn Landing area of Pocomoke River State Park, this 3.7-mile loop trail traverses through upland pine and hardwood forests, as well as bald cypress bottomlands. Approximately 2.2 miles of the trail is shared with the Algonquin Cross County Trail. Horses and non-motorized bikes are allowed only on the shared portions of the trail. Parking is available on Camp Road, Nassawango Road, or in Pocomoke River State Park.

Pusey Branch Trail

This self-guided interpretive 0.6-mile loop trail is located approximately 4 miles west of Furnace Town near the intersection of Old Furnace and Old Beech Roads. The trail features interpretive waypoints that provide hikers with additional information about the various forest communities that are present on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.