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Janes Island State Park is split into two sections. The first section is the mainland portion of the park, which is mostly dedicated to the campgrounds, cabins to rent, picnic areas, pavilions, boat ramp, and marina. The island part of the park is the part that is actually called Janes Island and is made up of over 2900 acres of saltmarsh and pristine beaches.
Despite being easy reaching distance to a number of towns, and the fact that people have harvested the resources of the island for thousands of years, the beaches remain isolated and untouched, making it one of the best places to search for an RV rental in Somerset County. Outdoor lovers can experience a truly rural landscape that is still largely ruled by the tides and wildlife in Chesapeake Bay, and bordered on the west by Tangier Sound with neighboring towns of Crisfield, Pocomoke City, and Westover.
Without a doubt, one of the most popular activities in the state park is to experience one of the many marked water trails. There are over 30 miles of trails to enjoy, with a number of transport options in which to make use of them, including a canoe or kayak. These trails are ideal for both novice and the more experienced paddler and is a great way to take in your natural surroundings from a very different perspective. Both canoes and kayaks are available to rent in the park, and with 25 boat slips, getting out onto the water couldn’t be easier.
The docks, marina, and number of streams make great fishing and crabbing spots. Crabbing in particularly popular activity, and in the warmer months the banks are filled with people trying to catch these critters. There is always the open waters of the Tangier Sound to make use of as well, where eager anglers can fish for striped bass, croaker, sea trout, flounder and bluefish. In the waters surrounding the park, Chesapeake Bay blue crab are in abundance, which is great for family fun. The fish cleaning station is conveniently located at the marina.
The island provides an ideal environment for a large number of birds, including migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. Visitors can pop into the nature center for more information on the best places in the park to see the birds, or for a bird's eye view, head up the observation tower with a pair of binoculars and see what you can see. It is activities like these that makes camping at Janes Island State Park particularly popular.
Equipped with electrical hook-ups, the mainland section of the park offers over 100 campsites suitable for camping with an RV. Each of these sites has a camping pad, picnic table, fire ring, and a lantern post. There are three units which contain flush toilets and hot showers, all of which are centrally located for ease of access from all campsites.
Pets are allowed with you when RV camping at Janes Island State Park, so you can enjoy your stay with your furry friend. It is also kid friendly with a playground and a range of recreational trails around the campsites. The park store offers a range of amenities and is always well-stocked, making Janes Island State Park camping a popular choice.
Animal lovers will be pleased to know that Salisbury Zoo is located nearby. The zoo aims to provide naturalistic enclosures for species which are native to North, Central and South America and is home to more than 100 animals. These animals include wallabies, ocelots, sloths, llamas, jaguars, and raptors, to name just a few. It is one of the few zoos not to charge an entrance fee, and instead relies on donations for the welfare of the animals. It makes a great day trip when making use of the State Park RV campgrounds nearby.
Although a short boat ride away, the Smith Island Cultural Center and Museum are well worth a visit. The center sits on Smith Island, which is a small island measuring only three by five miles. Located in the village of Ewell, it tells the story of the rich history of the island and the surrounding land. The boat trip there is an adventure in itself and presents a great way to take in the sights, with a light narration of the passing scenery.
Costen House Museum is also an interesting stop. The house was built by Dr. Isaac Costen after the civil war and was then loved in by his family for many years. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and once you see the beautiful architecture, it is not hard to see why.