Pocomoke River State Forest and Park
Snow Hill, MD
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Brief Description: Pocomoke River State Forest and Park provides almost 15,000 acres for exploring stands of loblolly pine, cypress swamps, and the beauty of the Pocomoke River, a major Eastern Shore tributary. The Pocomoke (which means “black water” for the stream tinted by tannins leached from fallen leaves) originates in the Great Cypress Swamp in Delaware and flows southwesterly 45 miles to the Chesapeake Bay. The state forest and park offer a great variety of plant and animal life, including white dogwood and pink laurel in the spring, river otters and bald eagles, and over 50 species of fish. The two major use areas, Shad Landing and Milburn Landing, provide starting points for canoeing, boating, fishing and hiking.
Location / Directions:

The park is located on the Eastern Shore along the banks of the Pocomoke River and is divided into two sections:

Shad Landing Area: Located 3.5 miles south of Snow Hill along U.S. Rte. 113.

Milburn Landing Area: Located 7 miles northeast of Pocomoke City along MD Rt. 364.

Driving Directions
Address: Pocomoke River State Forest and Park
3461 Worcester Highway
Snow Hill, MD 21863
Phone: (410) 632-2566

The park offers trails for biking and hiking, a boat launch and rentals, camping and camp fire programs, fishing, flat water canoeing, picnicing areas, playgrounds, swimming (pool), and opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Nearby Gateways Nassawango Creek Preserve/Furnace Town and Sturgis Memorial Park can be reached from the park by water.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Boat Access Camping Fishing Hiking Picnicking Swimming Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating Hours: Year around, dawn to dusk.
Fees: No entrance fees. There are fees for use of campsites and other selected facilities.
Visitor Facilities:

Boating: The Shad Landing Marina has 23 boat slips with water and electrical hookups, launching ramp, lighted dock area, and a fuel and transient pier. Rowboats and canoes may be rented. Milburn Landing has a launching ramp.

Fishing: The Pocomoke River and nearby creeks are available for fishing. A Chesapeake Bay Sports Fishing License is required to fish the Pocomoke River and nearby creeks. A "Fish for Fun" pond is located across from the marina parking lot and requires a freshwater license; a trout stamp is required to possess trout.

Camping at Shad Landing: Shad Landing has 187 campsites. The camp loops at Robins Nest and Waters Edge remain open for winter camping. All campsites are equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. Centrally located washhouses have hot water showers, flush toilets and a laundry tub. All types of camping units are welcome. Some campsites have electric hookups. Sites are limited to six persons per site. All camping units must fit on the camping pad. Dumping stations are available for sewage and potable water. See camping season dates and rates or make campground reservations.

Camping at Milburn Landing: Milburn Landing has 32 campsites, some with electric. Amenities are limited at Milburn Landing and pets are allowed in the campground.

Youth Group Camping: Camping sites are available at Shad Landing and Milburn Landing. Advance reservations are required for all youth groups. Groups with a Maryland Youth Group Pass camp free.

Picnicking: Milburn Landing and Shad Landing have picnic areas with tables, grills, playground equipment, pavilions, and comfort stations. Pavilions are available for rent by advance reservation. Reservation fees cover the rental of the pavilion but not the surrounding areas, which are on a first come, first served basis.

Concessions: Concessions are operated daily May through September, and weekends only in April, October, and November. Snacks, souvenirs, camping equipment, groceries, canoe rentals, gas, firewood, and boat slips with electric and water hookups are available.

Pets: Permitted at Milburn Landing Area campground. Pets are not permitted at Shad Landing.

Cabins: There are 12 mini-cabins, four at Milburn Landing and eight at Shad Landing. Cabins have one double bed and one set of bunk beds, to sleep four. No linens are provided. All cooking must take place outside the cabin. A picnic table and campfire ring are provided. ADA cabins have two bunk beds. Cabins at Shad Landing are available year round.

Swimming Pool: The pool opens for weekend use on Memorial Day and daily beginning mid-June. The pool closes Labor Day weekend. The 25-meter pool ranges from three to twelve feet. There is a wading pool for small children. There is a service charge to use the pool. The pool is available for rentals for larger gatherings. Contact the park for further information.

Off-road Vehicles: Motorcycles and four-wheeled ATV's are permitted in the Chandler Land Use Tract, located across from the Shad Landing entrance. A permit is required and off-road vehicle standards apply.

Size: 14,753 acres
Accessibility: Pocomoke State Park offers accessible picnic areas, shelters, boardwalk fishing, boat lift, campsites, mini cabins, swimming pool lift, bathhouse and pond fishing. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit Accessibility For All.
Website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/pocomokeriver.html

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