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Home > Visit a Gateway > Choptank & Tuckahoe Rivers Water Trail
Choptank & Tuckahoe Rivers Water Trail - Upper Choptank & Tuckahoe Rivers - Caroline & Talbot Counties, Maryland (Eastern Shore)
Choptank & Tuckahoe Rivers Water Trail
The Choptank River is the longest of the rivers on the Chesapeake Bay's Eastern Shore. Paddling or boating along the Choptank and its primary tributary, the Tuckahoe River, is a wonderful way to explore this classic Chesapeake landscape where steamboats, sail craft, and dugout canoes once plied the rivers. Captain John Smith did not explore these rivers (the present-day James Islands, then connected to the mainland, obstructed his view of the wide mouth of the Choptank). His map noted the area as wooded interior, but he did not note the area's habitation by the Transquaking, Ababco, and Hatsawap groups. His description was apt, as the Choptank Valley area was heavily forested by oaks, hickories, and chestnuts. A mature forest can still be seen today at the Adkins Arboretum near Tuckahoe State Park. The Choptank & Tuckahoe Rivers Water Trail encompasses 80 miles along the two rivers, linking multiple public access points and many natural and historic areas, The Water Trail allows visitors to experience the rich heritage of the Choptank and Tuckahoe rivers in canoes, kayaks ,and small powerboats.

Please note that boating, canoeing, kayaking and other activities on rivers can be dangerous. Obtain a water trail map and guide in advance, plan your trip, and follow all safety precautions. See the rest of this site for more details.

Hours: May- September -Fridays & Saturdays 11 AM - 3PM, other times by appointment. Landings (launch and take out sites) are typically open for daylight hours, spring through fall.
Fees: There are no fees for accessing public landing sites in Caroline County. There are permit fees for using the Talbot County public landings ($10/year).
For more information about Choptank & Tuckahoe Rivers Water Trail call (410) 479-4950 or visit the following website: http://www.riverheritage.org.

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