Begin this hike from the popular marina and paddle west on Daugherty Creek Canal. Enter Ward Creek and continue west into Flat Cap Basin. At the far western edge rests a dock which is your first destination. After docking the boat, look for the seldom-used path across the sand and grass marsh. Flatcap Beach is just several hundred feet away. This stretch of beach offers the widest stretch of sand for sunbathing and swimming. To the north rests a picnic area and Rock Hole. To the south, the direction you'll hike, offers the best areas for fishing and crabbing. The beach can be wide and relatively flat with just the opposite being true as well. Wind and water continually sculpt the seascape. You can usually hike about 1.5 miles south along the water's edge to a strong and oftentimes deep tidal creek flowing from the island's interior. From here, turn around and retrace your steps back to your boat then paddle back to the marina. A picnic lunch, bug repellent, sunscreen, and plenty of drinking water are recommended for this 3 mile island excursion.
Directions: From Westover, MD, Travel south along MD State Route 413 approximately 11 miles to Plantation Road. Turn right and travel 1.5 miles to Alfred Lawson Road. Turn right to reach park entrance. Turn left at the park office to reach the marina. Canoe and hiking trail begin at Daughtery Creek Canal.
Elevation: Sea Level
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Distance: 3.2 miles
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