Pocomoke State Forest Hiking Trail

Salisbury, Maryland 21802

Pocomoke State Forest Hiking Trail

Pocomoke State Forest Hiking Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"An easy loop hike through the woodlands and along the swamps of the Pocomoke State Forest on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Pocomoke River runs through southeastern Maryland from southern Delaware down to the northern border of Virginia.

Before emptying into the Chesapeake Bay at Pocomoke Sound, the river drains the fertile farmlands west of Ocean City and the deep, shady woods of southern Worcester County. In Pocomoke State Forest, you can experience the river’s wilder side as you walk among the pine, poplar, magnolia, and mountain laurel that flourish on its banks. Special considerations: Where the trail is grassy, ticks are plentiful."

Pocomoke State Forest Hiking Trail Trip Reports

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Parking area appears to be used as an open toilet area. (Watch your step) Lots of feces and paper on the ground. The trail starting into the woods off of the dirt road opens up into a clear cut area of the timber for about a 1/4 mile. The trail then turns away from the logging operation and heads toward a paved road. Young growth of trees in this area. When you cross the road, you enter an area that has quite a deverse selection of plant and wildlife. The trails goes through a nice stand of oak trees that were dropping acorns and the birds and squirrels were everywhere. It then drops down into a low area with lots of ferns where it should have been wet, but we are experiencing a drought that has it 11 inches below normal in rain fall for the year. There were plenty of spiders hanging webs across the trail to keep one busy in the early morning hour. The forest service has done a nice job keeping the trail clear and cut. It was 84 degrees today in October which kept the chiggers and ticks moving. Use a good spray with DEET for prevention of tick or chigger bites. Seventy-five percent of the ticks are known to be carriers of Lime Disease now. It is an easy and enjoyable walk.
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Nice footing. The trail draws you to nature at the edges.

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Trail Information

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Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
October - April
Pocomoke River State Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Snow Hill, Maryland
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