Self-Guided Opportunities
Day Hike
Location Pocomoke River State Forest and Park, 301-632-2566
Worcester County
Trail Access Loop Road just north of Marina Parking Lot
Distance One mile
Time Approximately 45 minutes
Trail Single track, one way loop through upland forest and cypress swamp
Skill Level Easy to moderate
Suitable For Families? Yes (strollers not recommended)
Hazards/Restrictions No bicycles or motorized vehicles
Potable Water Available in the state park day-use area
Natural Features Cypress swamp and mixed bottomland hardwoods
Historic/Cultural Features None
Camping State park campground at Shad Landing Area, Pocomoke River State Forest and Park: 410-632-2566 or 1-888-432-2267
Other Points of Interest State Park Nature Center
hike park campground roads
Other Accommodations Nearby motels and bed and breakfasts
Fees or Permits Camping fees only
Description A self-guided trail approximately one mile long leads you through old growth forest, which was once farmland, to the cool temperatures of the cypress swamp. Learn how this forest through time and man's activities has adapted and changed.

Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Small first aid kit
  • Water and a snack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Compass
  • Rainwear
  • Wear appropriate shoes. Sandals, bare feet or flimsy canvas shoes may not be suitable.
  • Practice "Leave No Trace" ethics
  • Please protect the environment and wildlife
  • Be a relaxed hiker