Tuckahoe State Park
Queen Anne, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: Tuckahoe State Park surrounds the upper reaches of Tuckahoe Creek, a quiet Eastern Shore stream flowing south to the Choptank River. In the park, the creek is bordered by for most of its length by wooded marshlands which support an abundance of wildlife in various habitats. A 60-acre lake offers boating and fishing on 20 acres of open water. The rest of the water is flooded woodland. The park contains 12 miles of scenic hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, plus picnic grounds and a playground for children. Adkins Arboretum, another Chesapeake Bay Gateway, sits largely within the park, with three miles of surfaced walkways leading through native woodlands.

Tuckahoe State Park is a great place to get a feel for part of the Eastern Shore and the beginnings of the streams that eventually flow to the Bay.

Location / Directions: Tuckahoe State Park is located approximately 35 miles east of the Bay Bridge, just off MD Route 404 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Traveling on Route 50, proceed to the intersection with Route 404. Turn east (left if coming from the north; right if coming from the south) onto Route 404. Go approximately 8 miles, then make a left onto Route 480 at the intersection of Route 404 and Route 480. Make an immediate left onto Eveland Road. Follow signs to specific park areas.

Driving Directions
Address: Tuckahoe State Park
13070 Crouse Mill Road
Queen Anne, MD 21657
Phone: (410) 820-1668
Activities: Tuckahoe State Park boasts excellent hiking, biking, and equestrian trails that wander through the park—including the popular Piney Branch Trail, the Physical Fitness Trail, and the Lake Trail.

Canoeing at Tuckahoe State Park is a popular activity on both the lake and the creek. You can watch bald eagles, ospreys, and great blue herons—as beavers and muskrats swim past your canoe. There are several pockets of the park that are accessible only by canoe. The park rents canoes and offers guided canoe trips by the park naturalist. There’s a launch ramp for boaters; gasoline motor use is prohibited.

The park even manages several organized canoe trips throughout the year:

  • Evening Canoe Trip, July 28, 5:00pm-6:30pm. $7 per adult, $4 per child.

  • Full Moon Canoe Trip, September 1, 9:00pm. $7 per adult, $4 per child.

  • Fall Foliage Canoe Trip, October 27, 9:00am-2:00pm. $12 per adult, $7 per child.

The park offers a family camping area with 33 campsites (including 18 with electric hookups) and a central bathhouse. There’s also a youth group camping area with four campsites that each accommodate as many as 30 people. Pets are allowed in the campground, but you must keep them on a leash at all times.

You can rent camper cabins or picnic shelters via the statewide reservation system. The park’s four camper cabins sleep four people each, and they come equipped with ceiling fan, electricity, and air conditioning. There are two 80-person shelters.

Two picnic areas each provide shaded sites with picnic tables, charcoal grills, and playground equipment. Larger groups can rent the Lake Pavilion via the statewide reservation system.

Tuckahoe State Park also runs two camps during the summer:

  • Fishing and Canoeing Camp, June 21-22 (session 1), July 12-13 (session 2). $35 per camper.

  • Advanced Climbing Camp, July 26-27. $45 per camper.

Contact the park office for more details and to reserve space in either camp.

Biking Birding and Wildlife Viewing Camping Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Picnicking Canoeing / Kayaking Hunting

Operating Hours: Tuckahoe is open daily from 10:00am to sunset.

Family camping is permitted at Tuckahoe from March 25 to October 31 this year. The picnic shelters are available from March 30 to October 28.

Fees: There are no fees to visit Tuckahoe for day use.

Use of campsites and picnic pavilions at Tuckahoe State Park is billed at the following nightly rates:

  • Campsite, $20/night

  • Campsite with electric, $25/night

  • Camper cabins, $50/night

  • 80-person picnic shelters, $40/day

Check with park personnel for current fees for canoe rentals and park-guided trips.

Visitor Facilities: Tuckahoe State Park features a visitor center, campsites with electrical hookups and a central bathhouse, camper cabins and shelters, picnic sites and a large pavilion, a launch ramp for boats, and multi-use trails.
Accessibility: Tuckahoe State Park offers handicapped-accessible picnic areas, hunting, visitor center and nature trail, lake playground, and campground and restroom.
Website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/tuckahoe.html

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