Our family visited the Pocomoke River State Park in Maryland, Saturday, July 26th. We were visiting the Eastern Shore of Maryland for a family wedding, and wanted to explore the local environment. Since we’ve previously been to chincoteague island (also in the immediate area of Pocomoke, MD) we went inland.
The park is located within the 15,000 acres of the Pocomoke State Forest which contains two distinct environments — a stand of loblolly pine and cypress swamp. It is this border between upland forest and swamp that encourages a great range of plant and animal life in a small area. The river itself boasts over fifty species of fish.
Amenities at the park include: campsites, boat launch, boat rentals, outdoor swimming pool, trading post, snack bar and nature center.
We started our trip by visiting the nature center and talking with the local scientist about things to see and do within the park. She recommended a one mile loop trail called the “Trail of Change” which showcases the various plants and animals found along the border between the upland, old growth forest and the cypress swamp areas. After investigating the various displays and live animals at the nature center, we parked near the river and took the short loop trail.
While we had arranged to stay at a nearby hotel in Pocomoke, we did look at the family campsites with an eye towards future visits. The campsites are nicely arranged to balance privacy and efficient use of space. I would think this an wonderful place to visit with a troop of boys who are eager to go boating, learn about nature and enjoy the large, well maintained outdoor pool (there are two youth group camping areas — each with a 40 person capacity)
Nearby attractions make this campground a good base of operations for trips to places like: Assateague and Chincoteague islands; NASA’s Wallops Island visitors center; the Delmarva Discovery Center; Furnace Town; and the historic towns of Pocomoke City, Snow Hill, and Berlin.
If you’d like to learn more about Pocomoke River State Park, consider visiting their web page at: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/pocomokeriver.aspx