Martinak State Park is located just south of the town of Denton, MD, along the Choptank River. The park is named after George Martinak, who gave the land to Maryland in 1961, and the park opened in 1964.
Being located on the banks of the river, boating and fishing are very popular here, but there are also hiking trails, a campground, and a nature center.
The campground is on the peninsula that separates Delaware Bay and the Chesapeake Bay, across from the metropolis of Baltimore. An RV rental in Caroline County is a great base to explore this varied area of forests, lakes, and rivers.
Martinak State Park is relatively small, covering just 105-acres, but a few miles north is the much larger Tuckahoe State Park of nearly 1000-acres and with a 60-acre lake.
On a wide section of the Choptank River and Watts Creek, the park is a great location for a fishing vacation and camping with an RV. Anglers will be able to find plenty of fish, including bass, perch, sunfish, and catfish. A boat launch is located in the park, and if you don’t have your own boat, canoes can be rented on site.
Hiking is popular here, with several trails to choose from. If you are feeling energetic, then perhaps the activity trail, that loops around campsite Loop A will appeal. This trail is also wheelchair accessible.
Very close to camping Loop A there is a Nature Trail, which follows one of the many creeks that run through the park. Along the way, you’ll see many different habitats and hopefully some of the wildlife that call Martinak State Park home.
Martinak Trail is around 1.2-miles long and is recommended for all skill levels. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on a leash. The first half of the trail is a loop, but eventually, the trail takes you to the edge of the water.
A boat launch is located on Watts Creek, close to Loop B. Bring your own canoe or rent one while here and get out on the water with the family.
Camping at Martinak State Park
There are 63 sites at the Martinak State Park campground, split over two areas, called Loop A and Loop B. Half the sites on Loop A are for either tents or RVs, while on Loop B there are another 30 sites for your rental RV.
At the center of each loop is a restroom with hot showers and toilets, plus a playground for the children. Electric hookup with a 30-amp supply is available at most campsites, and all the spots have a picnic table and a fire ring. There are no water hookups on these sites, but water is available on both loops. Pets are allowed in all areas of the park, but dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
Exploring the Area
Just a mile north of the park is the town of Denton. For all your essentials while camping at Martinak State Park, this town should have everything you need. There are several general stores, including a Walmart Supercenter, a wide choice of restaurants and several gas stations.
If you are RV camping at Martinak State Park at the beginning of July, then make a plan to visit the Tuckahoe Steam and Gas annual show. It’s held in Easton, close to the edge of Chesapeake Bay. The two-day event is dedicated to industrial and agricultural machinery from the golden age of steam power. If your passion is antique steam engines, then this is a must for you!
Easton also holds the interesting Waterfowl Festival. Much of the festival is dedicated to local artists that specialize in waterfowl images displaying and selling their work. Although it may seem a little funny, the locals may not so don’t take the mickey when you hear the goose and duck calling contests! You’ll also find a whole range of gift items on display.
Of particular interest is the Delaware State Fair, held near Harrington, DE each year since 1919. Only a half-hour drive from Martinak State Park camping ground, the fair offers a very wide range of activities and events to enjoy. For the kids, there is a carnival with rides and amusements, plus a livestock show where children are encouraged to get involved and show their prize-winning animal!
Entertainment from live bands and circus acts is a common occurrence throughout the show, along with a parade of beautiful Clydesdale horses. There’s plenty of parking for your rental RV, so for a great day out, the Delaware State Fair has just about everything anyone would need.