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Boxes Point Trail is oftentimes a very rewarding birding trail.

Begin the Boxes Point Trail at the Tubby Cove parking area and walk back a short distance along the main road toward the entrance bridge. This broad trail begins along the border between the forest and the marshland. Boxes Point bends to reveal an agricultural field on the right, where migratory Canada geese often gather in the fall and winter. From there, the trail enters a forest of mixed evergreen and deciduous trees with a very open understory. The forest fades to marsh as the trail nears its terminus at Boxes Point, looking northeast with a view of the entrance bridge and Fryingpan Cove. Waterfowl, including tundra swans, are often visible here in the late fall, winter, and early spring. Bald eagle sightings can be common from this point, particularly in the spring and early summer.

Directions: From Chestertown, MD, Take State Route 20 South to Rock Hall (12 miles). At Rock Hall turn left onto State Route 445 South. Travel 8 miles to reach the refuge. Visitors must drive across a wooden bridge to gain access. Once you cross Eastern Neck Narrows, travel to the first parking lot. Here you'll find trailhead parking for Boxes Point Trail and Tubby Cove Boardwalk. Restrooms, too.

Elevation: 15 feet

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Difficulty: Easy

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Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland

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