Pocomoke River State Park, established in 1939, lines both banks of the Pocomoke River between Snow Hill and Pocomoke City in Worcester County, Maryland. Shad Landing rests on the south bank of the river and Milburn Landing rests on the north bank. The park, 15,000 acres in area, is located in the Southwestern section of Worcester County, Maryland.
Pocomoke River State Park offers guests a tranquil base from which to engage in a variety of outdoor and tourist activities. The forest surrounding Pocomoke River State Park is famous for its stands of loblolly pine and for its cypress swamps which border the wild and scenic Pocomoke River. Pocomoke means black water, and the river provides good fishing with over 50 species of fish.
The Pocomoke River, which originates in the Great Cypress Swamp in Delaware, flows southwesterly 45 miles to the Chesapeake Bay. The Pocomoke River State Park offers a combination of swamp and upland forest. The park gives guests the opportunity to view a wide variety of plant and animal life. Guests can expect to see white dogwood and pink laurel in the spring. Wildlife visitors can expect to encounter include river otters and bald eagles.
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Transportation in Pocomoke River State Park
Pocomoke River State Park is located along the banks of the Pocomoke River and is divided into two sections. The Shad Landing area is three and a half miles south of Snow Hill near RT. 113.
The Milburn Landing area is seven miles northeast of Pocomoke City via RT. 364 or RT. 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. Guests should be aware that although hiking and biking are encouraged in the Milburn Landing area in winter, the campground is itself closed in the winter months.
Enter the following street addresses into your favorite mapping device to get directions to Pocomoke River State Park:
Milburn Landing Area
3036 Nassawango Road
Pocomoke City MD 21851
Shad Landing Area
3461 Worcester Highway
Snow Hill MD 21863
Parking may be found throughout the park. Parking is available at the park store, marina area, and nature center.
There is no public transportation available within the park.
Campgrounds and parking in Pocomoke River State Park
Campsites in Pocomoke River State Park
Pocomoke River State Park Shad Landing Area
Located on the south bank of the Pocomoke River, Shad Landing campground is bounded on the west and east sides by Corker’s Creek. The campground offers a boat launch, a hiking loop. Guest may enjoy their lunch in a picnic area on the shore of the Pocomoke River. The campground offers swimming, a marina, and provides space for youth group camping. RV’s up to 30 feet in length can be accommodated in the campground.
Camper Registration is located at the Shad Landing camp store. Pocomoke River State Park has 175 campsites. The camp loops at Robins Nest and Waters Edge remain open for winter camping. All campsites are equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. Centrally located bathhouses have hot showers, flush toilets and a laundry tub. All types of camping units are welcome. Some campsites have electric hookups. Sites are limited to six persons per site and all camping units must fit on the camping pad and driveway. A dumping station is available for sewage and potable water. Campsites are limited to two vehicles per site. Additional parking is available at parking lots located at the marina. All vehicles must be registered for overnights stays.
Pocomoke River State Park Milburn Landing Area
Milburn Landing, located along the northern shore of the Pocomoke River, 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. Amenities are limited at Milburn Landing and pets are allowed in the campground. A dump station is available.
It should be noted that Milburn Landing is a seasonal campground and is closed during winter months. The camp area opens in Spring and remains oven until late fall. The campground offers 6 mini cabins as well as camping sites. The campground provides a bathhouse and restrooms, a picnic area, playground, and a boat launch.
Seasonal activities in Pocomoke River State Park
Pocomoke River State Park offers swimming at the Shad Landing Pool. Surrounded by mature forest the Shad Landing pool is the perfect spot for a cool dip on a hot summer day. The Olympic size pool operates weekends only from Memorial Day weekend to mid June Wednesday through Monday mid-June through mid-August; and weekends only from mid-August to Labor Day weekend. Daily pool hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. The pool is staffed by certified life guards and has a snack bar with sodas, water, hot dogs and ice cream.
The fee for pool use is free for campers, active duty military, and veterans. Punch passes are available for groups and visitors wanting to frequent the pool. Golden Age Pass holders, children 5 years old and under and Maryland Park Service Annual Passport holders are admitted free of charge.
Youth groups can reserve space at the pool by making a reservation for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The pool is also available for rental when not open to the public.
Fishing and Boating
Pocomoke River State Park is a stunning place to spend time in the water. The Shad Landing Marina has 23 boat slips with water and electrical hookups, launching ramp, lighted dock area and a fuel and transient pier. Ethanol free unleaded fuel and a pump out station are available.
More secluded Milburn Landing also has a launching ramp, pier, and soft landing for hand launched vessels. Electric boats, canoes and kayak rentals are operated by the camp store staff and allow visitors to get up close and personal with Corkers Creek and the Pocomoke Cypress Swamp for an experience of a lifetime.
Guests will find relaxing fishing opportunities along the stunning the Pocomoke River and in the nearby creeks. A Chesapeake Bay Sports Fishing License is required. A "Fish for Fun" pond is located across from the marina parking lot and requires a freshwater license. The pond is part of Maryland's "Put and Take" trout program. Guest are required to obtain a trout stamp.
Picnicking and Social Gatherings
Pocomoke River State Park is an ideal location for picnic and tranquil social gatherings. Both Milburn Landing and Shad Landing have picnic areas with tables, grills, playground equipment, and comfort stations.Picnic Pavilions are available for rent at both areas. Alcohol is only permitted at Pavilions rented with a valid permit that can be purchased at the time of reservation.
Shad Landing Pavilions
Shad Landing offers wo large pavilions (180 person capacity) with fireplaces, grills and picnic tables are available for rent. There is also a Small Pavilion (50 Person Capacity) located in the sports field area. All Pavilions are available by advance reservation. Reservation fees cover the rental of the pavilion and not the surrounding area which is on a first come, first served basis. Arrival time is after 8 a.m. and departure is at sunset.
Milburn Landing Pavilions
The Milburn Landing area offers two pavilions for rent by advance reservations. Reservation fees cover the rental of the pavilion and not the surrounding area which is on a first come, first served basis. The Mataponi Pavilion has a seating capacity of 50; and the Nassawango Pavilion has a seating capacity of 75. Both shelters have stunning views of the Pocomoke River, and the Nassawango Pavilion is located near the park's tire playground. Arrival time is after 8 a.m. and departure is at sunset.
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 weekends in May and September Thursday through Tuesday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Park Ranger and Naturalists offer nature programs and guided canoe/kayak trips throughout the year.
The friendly staff at the Nature Center are eager to field questions. They will happily point out the local trail where guests can learn the difference between native hardwood forests and cypress swamps. Although small, the Nature Center is well stocked and provides a nice space to explore native wildlife, flora, and fauna.
Pocomoke State Forest has over 25 miles of hiking trails available for day hikes or multi-day experiences. It should be noted that there is no motorized or off-road vehicle recreation use allowed on Pocomoke State Forest or Chesapeake Forest trails.
Trail guides and maps are available for purchase at the Chesapeake Forest/Pocomoke State Forest and Pocomoke River State Park offices. The trail system offers a variety of terrain but is generally flat. Guests may find stream or road crossings or standing water on the trails. Guests are encouraged to wear blaze orange during the hunting season.
Algonquin Cross County Trail:
The Algonquin Cross County trail is a winding 12.5-mile trail through the Chesapeake Forest and Pocomoke State Forest from Snow Hill Road (MD Route 12) south of Salisbury to Milburn Landing State Park. Parking areas are available at both trailheads, as well as at many points along the trail. This trail is ideal for those looking for a full day hike or a hike with an overnight stay at Milburn Landing. Parking at the Foster trailhead can accommodate large vehicles, such as trucks with horse trailers.
The Chandler-Colburne Trail has a total of seven miles of trails with multiple loops. There are multiple trails designated by three different colors. The large loop (green) is four and a half miles when starting from the south parking lot. An additional one and a half-mile blue trail loop begins and ends at the northeastern edge of the green loop. The one and a half-mile white trail begins at the south parking lot and terminates at Corker’s Creek. Parking for the Chandler tract is located off Worcester Highway (US 113) directly across from the Shad Landing area of Pocomoke River State Park.
Colurne Tract Trail:
This two-mile loop trail is identified by red markers and is located on the Colburne tract. A 1-mile white spur trail begins at the northeast corner of the red loop trail and leads towards Corker’s Creek. Parking for the Colburne tract is located off Onley Road approximately 1¼ miles from the intersection of Betheden Church Road.
Hubdons-Tarr Bike Trail and Mattaponi Soft Launch:
Located between Snow Hill and Pocomoke City near the Shad Landing area of Pocomoke River State Park, this eight and a half-mile network of single-track mountain bike trails winds through the Hudson and Tarr tracts of the Pocomoke State Forest. Trail sections and loops are marked using 4our different colored blazes (blue, green, white, and yellow). Parking is encouraged near the trail crossing on Blades Road. Although this trail is designed for non-motorized bike use, all compatible uses are supported.
The Mattaponi soft launch is located at the end of Blades Road. Boat unloading and parking areas are available near the soft launch. The soft launch is designed for small watercraft, such as kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and jon boats.
Milburn Landing Trail:
Located adjacent to the Milburn Landing area of Pocomoke River State Park, this three and a half-mile loop trail traverses through upland pine and hardwood forests, as well as bald cypress bottomlands. Approximately two miles of the trail is shared with the Algonquin Cross County Trail. Horses and non-motorized bikes are allowed only on the shared portions of the trail. Parking is available on Camp Road, Nassawango Road, or in Pocomoke River State Park.
Old Furnace Loop Trails
The Old Furnace Loop Trails are comprised of three trails of varying length and difficulty:
Red Furnace Loop - 6.2 miles
The longest of the three loop trails connects Furnace Town and the Algonquin Cross County Trail. The red loop trail begins north of Furnace Town on Millville Road. This trail offers guests the opportunity to explore a variety of terrains. Guests will see inland sand dunes, low land swamps, and pine flats. This loop connects with both the Orange and Yellow Loops for additional hiking opportunities.
Orange Furnace Loop - 3.9 miles
This loop begins at the intersection of the Algonquin Cross County Trail and Forest Road. The trail traverses through multiple forest types and ages. An additional 0.6 miles on Forest Road connects this loop.
Yellow Furnace Loop - 1.8 miles
The yellow loop trail is the shortest of the three loops. The yellow loop trail passes through a globally rare shortleaf pine and mixed oak forest community that developed on an inland sand dune.
Pusey Branch Trail:
This self-guided interpretive 0.6-mile loop trail is located approximately four miles west of Furnace Town near the intersection of Old Furnace and Old Beech Roads. The trail features interpretive waypoints that provide hikers with educational information about the various forest communities that are present on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Pocomoke River State Park is a stunning space for horseback riding. This tranquil preserve stretches both sides of the Pocomoke River from Snow Hill to Pocomoke City in Worcester County, Maryland.. The area offers a combination of swamp and and upland forest. The park, a favorite of many outdoor enthusiasts, is however a well-kept secret among horseback riders.
The park offers miles of well-maintained horseback riding trails. It also provides three parking areas for guests with horse trailers. Guests will be enchanted by the tranquil trails that lead them beneath the loblolly pines, hardwood, and cypress trees native to the area. Guests may expect to see bald eagles, river otters, muskrats, and perhaps even osprey along their ride. It should be noted that horseback riding trails are open year-round for guests' enjoyment.