Most of Fenwick Island has been undeveloped until the last several years when developers decided to gamble with Mother Nature. This tender slice of sand placed between the Atlantic Ocean and Little Assawoman Bay is constantly being altered by wind and storm. Begin the beach hike from the parking area, crossing over the dunes via a boardwalk. Be sure to glance back at the crest affording a perspective of the slender island. Private homes are seen at the beginning of the hike diminishing to zero at one mile. Perhaps several other hikers and a handful of shorebirds break the solitude. At 2.4 miles, one of several WWII observation towers stand guard, once spying for German submarines. Start heading back south from this point to reach the 2.9-mile point at York Beach. Turn east and hike across the dunes to reach SR 1. Head left and walk 0.1 mile reaching Assawoman Bay Recreation Area. Journey into the area for a relaxing adventure where birdlife thrives, bay breezes refresh and picnic tables offer a resting spot. Blue herons, osprey, cormorants, and even bald eagles use the Assawoman Wildlife Area as a nesting ground. Retrace your steps back to the beach and back to the parking lot for a 5.3-mile ocean and bay excursion. Sunscreen, drinking water, and bug repellent are recommended.
Directions: From Ocean City, MD, The park is located only 1.5 miles north of Ocean City, Maryland. Take Route 1 north and turn into the park. (The park is 3.5 miles south of Bethan Beach, Delaware.)
Elevation: Sea Level
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Distance: 5.3 miles
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