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Monday, June 2, 2014

Pocomoke River SP

This past weekend, our Sunday bike ride destination was Pocomoke River State Park located on Maryland's lower eastern shore. The park is well known for cypress swamps that border the Pocomoke River, which originates in the Great Cypress Swamp in Delaware and flows southwesterly 45 miles to the Chesapeake Bay. 


This state park is within Pocomoke State Forest on the banks of the Pocomoke River between Snow Hill and Pocomoke City in Worcester County, MD. The park is divided into two areas, Shad Landing (544 acres) on the south bank of the river off Rte 113, and Milburn Landing (370 acres) on the north bank on Rte 364. The Shad Landing area was historically important in a chain of refuges for runaway slaves seeking freedom in the north.

We cycled on the Shad Landing portion and while there were a number of others folks there, most campsites were empty as the busy summer season hasn't started. The park offers hiking, biking, camping, kayak and canoe rentals, boat launch, picnic areas and shelters, playgrounds, swimming pool, camp store, and a nature center. 



The park's location between northern and southern regions provides a variety of plants, such as dogwood and pink laurel, bald cypress, yellow pond lily, and loblolly pine. 


Wildlife includes otters, prothonotary warblers, pileated woodpeckers, bald eagles, northern water snakes, and red skinks; fish include large mouth bass and pickerel. 
The laurel was in bloom along our ride. However, the most wildlife we saw were squirrels, birds and a red-headed skink seen near a restroom.
The past two weekends have provided perfect weekend bike riding weather, so we're enjoying them before it gets TOO hot.

We hope y'all had a great weekend too.

17 comments:

Sandra said...

what a gorgeous place and the photos are wonderful.. love the pink laurel, have not seen that in over 50 years

gigihawaii said...

Great scenery! I enjoy your photos.

Daisy said...

What a beautiful place to go biking! I'm glad you had good weather so you could get out and enjoy it.

Gail Dixon said...

What a beautiful area to bike in! Lots of greenery, blooms and happy faces. Nice to see. :) Our weather has been nice, but only when we can dodge the rain. Enough to go kayaking for an hour on Saturday. :)

Montanagirl said...

What a beautiful Park to visit and take a bike ride in! Lots of really pretty photos!

L. D. said...

This is a beautiful place tor ride bikes. You have some wonderful photos on your post.

NCmountainwoman said...

What a great place to bike. Love the pictures.

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Hi Dorothy! I always wanted to visit Snow Hill. I hear it's quite the groovy little town.

William Kendall said...

A beautiful place!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

The scenery is gorgeous! It looks like the perfect place for a bike ride. Loved all your pretty photos!

Anvilcloud said...

We had a foretaste of heat yesterday (86F) but that will be the hottest day for the next few days at least. Happy cycling to you.

Out on the prairie said...

Very beautiful area to explore.i would enjoy visiting here

grammie g said...

Hi B... It sure looks like you two had a great day biking!! Beautiful spot!
Thanks for the call, it made my day a better one!! : )

Grace

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

What a beautiful place!

Have a great day!
Christer.

Linda said...

Beautiful pictures!

i am pam said...

beautiful state park. And I love biking as well. It is always hot in FLA so early mornings is the best time to make it happen for us. Enjoy the weather!

Elaine said...

Gorgeous photos!

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