What to do in Pocomoke River State Park

With 14,753 wooded acres in the Southwestern section of Worcester County, between Snow Hill and Pocomoke City, the state forest, which includes the state park, is famous for it's stand of loblolly pine and for it's cypress swamps which border the Pocomoke River. Pocomoke means black water, and there is good fishing in these waters. The river originates in the Great Cypress Swamp in Delaware and flows southwesterly to the Chesapeake Bay.

The park's combination of swamp and upland offers a great variety of plant and animal life, including white dogwood and pink mountain laurel in the spring, river otters and bald eagles, and over 50 species of fish.

Pocomoke River State Park falls within the confines of Pocomoke State Forest. Two recreational areas are defined: Shad Landing Area and Milburn Landing Area. Each offers superb recreational opportunities including camping, youth camping, rustic camper cabins, picnic areas with pavilions, boat launches, and great fishing opportunities. Shad Landing has a nature center where ranger-led nature programs enlighten folks of all ages. It is also the area featuring the summer swimming pool. Pets are permitted at Milburn Landing but not Shad Landing. Hunting and off-road-vehicle use is permitted on state forest land only.

Biking trails, boat launch, boat rental, camp fire programs, campsites, camp store, dump station, concession, fishing, flatwater canoeing, hiking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, picnic shelters, swimming pool, and nature center are found with the park.

Pocomoke River State Park is located in eastern Maryland, along the banks of the Pocomoke River and is divided into two sections. The Shad Landing area is 3.5 miles south of Snow Hill near RT. 113. The Milburn Landing area is 7 miles northeast of Pocomoke City via RT. 364 or RT. 12.

Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

3461 Worcester Highway
Snow Hill, MD 21863

Phone: 410-632-2566

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