Turner's Creek Park & Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area
Kennedyville, MD
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Brief Description: Turner's Creek Park and Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area lie side-by-side along the Eastern Shore's Sassafras River. The 143 acre park and the nearby natural harbor of Turner's Creek was once the site of a thriving local shipping port, disbursing agricultural goods throughout the Bay region. Now the tranquil harbor is now home to a half dozen crabbing and fishing boats. A granary still stands on the site where an earlier commissary shipped supplies to Washington's troops at Valley Forge. The Kent Museum, housing many artifacts from the Kent County of bygone years, stands a few hundred yards up the hill from the Granary and Landing.

Spectacular views open at every turn along the trails and old roads of the adjacent Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area. Fresh and saltwater ponds, wooded ravines, farm fields, a variety of forest stands and the river itself create prime habitat for viewing waterfowl and many other species.

Location / Directions:

Turner's Creek Park is located in Kent County, Maryland.

From Chesapeake Bay Bridge: From the Chesapeake Bay Bridge head east on route 50 E to 301 N. In 6 miles take route 213 N to Chestertown (19 miles). Continue through Chestertown on route 213 N for 10 miles and turn left on MD route 298. Travel approximately 2 miles and turn right on Turner's Creek Road. Drive approximately 1.5 miles to Sassafras (on left) or 3 miles to Turner's Creek parking lot on left immediately before the wharf.

Physical Address: Turner's Creek Park & Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area
Turner's Creek Road
Kennedyville, MD 21645
Mailing Address: Turner's Creek Park & Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area

Turner's Creek Park
Kent County Parks & Recreation
PO Box 67
Worton, MD 21678
Queen Anne, MD 21657

Turner's Creek Park: Fishing opportunities both from land and on the water are good. Two well marked trails, half mile and one mile long, provide opportunities for walking. An historic tree grove flourishes on the hillside above the parking area, beside both a Forestry Demonstration Area and a Soil Conservation Agricultural Demonstration Area. Special events include a Fishing Derby, for youth 15 and under, each Spring and Fall Fest in October with a variety of activities for adults and children alike. The Pavilion picnic area offers barbeque grills, volley ball court, horseshoes and swings, all with spectacular panoramic views of Turner's Creek. Turner's Creek provides excellent waters for kayaks and canoes.

Sassafras NRMA: Visitors can enjoy the varied trail system on foot, bike or on horseback. Fishing is available on a small freshwater pond and along the river's shoreline. Hunting is permitted for certain species during the legal hunting seasons.

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

Operating Hours: Turner's Creek Park: Open daily year-round. (Kent Museum open Saturdays from noon to 3:00 pm - May through September)

Sassafras NRMA: Open daily from sunrise to sunset

Fees: No entry fees.

Public boat launch at Turner's Creek Park requires launch permit (3-day permit - $10.00; annual permit - $20.00 for MD residents); call Public Works 410-778-7439 to order (also available at several local stores).

Visitor Facilities:

Turner's Creek Park: Parking; boat launch accessible year-round (permit required); 100 foot pier and 80 foot board walk; restrooms (April to October); two walking trails; frisbee golf course; pavillion picnic area (available for rental by calling Parks & Recreation Office 410-778-1948); Kent Museum.

Sassafras NRMA: Parking; several miles of trails.

Accessibility: At Turner's Creek Park, the wharf, picnic pavilion and restrooms are all accessible to wheelchairs.
Website: http://www.kentcounty.com/gov/parkrec/parks/turner.htm

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