Pocomoke River State Park
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Introduction

Pocomoke River State Park, established in 1939, lines both banks of the Pocomoke River between Snow Hill and Pocomoke City in Worcester County, Maryland. The Shad Landing Area rests on the south bank of the river with Milburn Landing Area situated on the north bank. The park, 15,000 acres in area, is located in the southwestern section of the Worcester County. Pocomoke River State Park offers guests a tranquil base from which to engage in a variety of outdoor recreational activities. The forest surrounding Pocomoke River State Park is renowned for its distinguishing geographical features including lush pine growth and swamplands which run the length of the river itself. The name Pocomoke means black water, but don't let the name fool you, as this body of water is anything but dark and lifeless. The Pokomoke River is chock full of up to 50 different varieties of popular fish species, making Pocomoke River State Park a popular spot among avid anglers looking for their next great catch. The Pocomoke River finds its origins in Great Cypress Swamp in Delaware, and continues its trajectory to the southwest of Chesapeake Bay, running a total length of 45 miles. This popular recreational area is comprised of lush swamp and verdant green forest. Pocomoke River State Park visitors who like to spend time looking for unique vegetation will enjoy searching for the diverse plant species that decorate the park. Some of the exciting plants that people love to look for are the flowering white dogwood and the perfect pink laurel. The animal life in the park is just as impressive as the plant life. Common wildlife critters you may encounter include river otters and bald eagles. For an amazing outdoor adventure that you'll want to repeat, plan your next RV stay at Pocomoke River State Park. It's a fantastic place for a holiday.

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Transportation in Pocomoke River State Park

Driving

Pocomoke River State Park is located 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 US-113, and the Milburn Landing Area is seven miles northeast of Pocomoke City via MD-364 or MD-12. Guests staying in the Milburn Landing area may feel that they have gotten lost on the winding road leading to the camping area. However, they will find that they are indeed on the correct path.

Parking

Parking may be found throughout the park. Parking is available at the on-site store, marina area, and nature center.

Public Transport

Campgrounds and parking in Pocomoke River State Park

Campsites in Pocomoke River State Park

Reservations camping

Chincoteague Island KOA

Chincoteague Island KOA is a resort-style KOA providing RVers and camping guests with upscale amenities. RVers will love the large, big-rig friendly, pull-through sites and full-hookup facilities. If you enjoy sitting outside during your RV trips, consider reserving one of the upgraded patio sites, the perfect addition to your rig's shade canopy. The Chincoteague Island KOA is one of the most family-friendly KOAs in the area. The snack bar, bike rentals, pool, and dog park help to give both kids and dogs something fun to do during their stay. Best yet? This KOA is steps away from an action-packed waterpark. If you prefer a quieter water experience, the beach is minutes away from the KOA.

Pocomoke River State Park Milburn Landing Area

Milburn Landing, a seasonally-operated, pet-friendly campground, is located along the northern shore of the Pocomoke River. It is both more secluded and more rustic than the Shad Landing area. Indeed, guests may feel that they have lost their way while traveling the winding road to the camping area. Milburn Landing is operated remotely from Shad Landing. Campers must self-register at the office upon arrival. Milburn Landing has 32 campsites, some with electric hookups. Amenities are limited at Milburn Landing, but there is a restroom, playground, picnic area, and dump station.

Pocomoke River State Park Shad Landing Area

Shad Landing campground is bounded on the west and east sides by Corkers Creek. The campground is a multi-looped campground with 175 campsites. While most of the loops are open seasonally, the Robins Nest and Waters Edge loops operate year-round. The sites accommodate RVs and trailers up to 30 feet in length. The majority of the sites are primitive, but some lucky campers can reserve the electric-only spaces. No matter what kind of site you stay at, you will have a picnic table, fire ring, and access to the centrally located showers, flush toilets, and laundry area. Don't worry about limited hookups, campers have access to potable water, and at the end of your stay, you can clean your tanks at the onsite dump station.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Pocomoke River State Park

In-Season

Swimming

The Shad Landing Pool is an excellent place to take the family for a day of fun in the sun. The pool is situated within a thick grouping of trees, providing welcome shade from the heat of the day. The Olympic-sized pool is big enough for your whole family. After taking the plunge into the pool's refreshing waters, you can lounge poolside on a beach towel or in one of the reclining chairs. The arrangement is perfect for catching up on your suntan or devouring the latest bestseller in a total state of bliss. To ensure you've got everything you need to stay poolside all day, pack sunscreen, drinking water, and plenty of snacks to share. For the pool's hours of operation, lifeguard hours, and associated fees, it is best to consult the pool's website.

Fishing and Boating

Pocomoke River State Park is a stunning place to spend time in the water. The Shad Landing Marina is home to 23 boat docks which contain both water and electrical hookups. You will also find a pier, a launch ramp, and a lighted dock area. For your convenience, the purchase of fuel is available on the premises, and there is also an area where you can pump out fluids contained in holding tanks. The marina is home to several shops where rentals of water sports equipment such as electric boats, canoes, and kayaks can be obtained. The camp store staff is happy to assist visitors with trips to both Corkers Creek and Pocomoke Cypress Swamp by appointment. To fish in the Pocomoke River, a Chesapeake Bay Sports Fishing License is required. Directly across from the marina, you will find a pond where you can fish with only a freshwater license. This particular pond is a body of water dedicated to the Put and Take trout program, meaning all who fish in these waters must purchase the required trout stamp.

Picnicking and Social Gatherings

Pocomoke River State Park, with its lush greenery and open spaces, is the perfect place to host a social gathering or have a family picnic. Both Milburn Landing and Shad Landing have first-come, first-served picnic areas with tables and grills. The picnic areas are conveniently located next to playgrounds and comfort stations, making it convenient to stay for an extended period without heading back and forth to your RV. If you have a large group, reserving your pavilion is the best option to ensure you have enough space for everyone. The pavilions at Shad Landing can accommodate between 50 to 180 people. They are complete with fireplaces, grills, and picnic tables. Milburn Landing also has two pavilions available for rent with one pavilion that can accommodate 50 people and the other pavilion that can accommodate 75 people. The pavilions at Milburn Landing are extremely popular due to the incredible picnic-front views, so it's best to reserve your space in advance.

Off-Season

Nature Center

The Pocomoke River State Park Nature Center is a must-see. The facility offers interactive exhibits and tanks containing reptiles, amphibians, and fish native to the Pocomoke River area. The nature center is open every weekend from May through September and Thursday through Tuesday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Park rangers and local naturalists offer nature programs and guided canoe and kayak trips throughout the year. The friendly staff at the nature center are eager to field visitors' questions. They will happily point out the local trails where guests can learn the difference between native hardwood forests and cypress swamps. Although small, the nature center is well stocked and provides an excellent space to explore native wildlife, flora, and fauna.

Hiking

Pocomoke River State Park shares trail space with Pokomoke State Forest, and depending on the area of the park you stay in will determine the closest hiking trails to your vicinity. People interested in hiking should pick up a Pocomoke River State Forest and Park Trail Guide at the park's headquarters. The complete trail guide is a multi-use, detailed map of all of the trails within the Pokomoke trail system. Among the most popular trails found on the grounds of Pocomoke River State Park are the Algonquin Cross Country Trail, the Chandler-Colburne Trail, and the Old Furnace Trail loops. All of these trail systems vary in length and intensity with something sure to suit the age and activity levels of every member of your group. The trails are dog-friendly, but dogs must be leashed at all times, and owners should clean up after their pooch and properly dispose of their waste.

Horseback Riding

Pocomoke River State Park is a beautiful, forested landscape that has multi-use trails winding throughout the park. Many of the multi-use trails allow horses, giving recreational horseback riders a quiet place to ride for long stretches at a time. One of the park's more popular trails, the Milburn Landing Trail, is a favorite path for horseback riders. The trailhead has ample parking, large enough for horse trailers. Although the trail is 3.7-miles long, horses are only permitted on the portions of the trail that parallel the Algonquin trail. Horseback riders can access the trail inside of the state park at the trailhead, or also find parking on Camp Road or Nassawango Road. The Milburn Landing trail is a shared-land trail that begins in the Pocomoke River State Park and extends into Pokomoke State Forest land.

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