North Point State Park

Fort Howard, Maryland

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See how things have (and haven’t) changed in an area of undeveloped bay-front property where evidence of human habitation dates back 9,000 years. The white-blazed gravel-and-grass trail behind the portable bathroom spits you back onto the road at the gatehouse after just 75 feet. From there, take an immediate left onto the trail, which is initially shaded by tall, thick trees but opens up at 0.2 miles into the 232-acre Black Marsh. The marsh and forested buffer surrounding, protected as a Wildland and Natural Heritage Area, provides a haven for birds. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the birds found in and around the marsh include bald eagles, rare American bitterns, Northern harriers, great horned owls, red-tailed hawks, and elusive black rails. The marsh also serves as home to wading birds such as herons and egrets as well as waterfowl such as canvasbacks, goldeneyes, ruddy ducks, mergansers, and scaup. In summer, the white blooms of rose mallows, one of the eight species of rare or endangered plants in the area, cover the entire marsh.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

See how things have (and haven’t) changed in an area of undeveloped bay-front property where evidence of human habitation dates back 9,000 years. The white-blazed gravel-and-grass trail behind the portable bathroom spits you back onto the road at the gatehouse after just 75 feet. From there, take an immediate left onto the trail, which is initially shaded by tall, thick trees but opens up at 0.2 miles into the 232-acre Black Marsh. The marsh and forested buffer surrounding, protected as a Wildland and Natural Heritage Area, provides a haven for birds.

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the birds found in and around the marsh include bald eagles, rare American bitterns, Northern harriers, great horned owls, red-tailed hawks, and elusive black rails. The marsh also serves as home to wading birds such as herons and egrets as well as waterfowl such as canvasbacks, goldeneyes, ruddy ducks, mergansers, and scaup. In summer, the white blooms of rose mallows, one of the eight species of rare or endangered plants in the area, cover the entire marsh.

©  Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Fort Howard
Distance: 3.6
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: North Point State Park
Local Maps: USGS Sparrows Point
Driving Directions: Directions to North Point State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

11/6/2010
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Used a Baltimore County Guide for this hike. Easy trail -- took our 1 year old grandson with us. Very beautiful area with some historical significance for Baltimore.


7/24/2010
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More of a nature walk than a hike. In addition to the birds mentioned on this site, there were also hordes of dragonflies, butterflies, and grasshoppers. There are serviced bathrooms at the visitor center near the bay. A good place for taking a relaxing stroll rather than an exhilerating hike.


9/3/2006
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Don't expect much. Trails marked well - view of Bay great. Spiders abound -carry a stick to swat webs.



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