Recreational and Hunting Opportunities

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If you are looking to spend some quality time outdoors, you are coming to the right place! From hiking and driving trails to children’s activities, the watershed houses something for everyone. When you aren’t paddling the river, be sure to check out some of these recreational and hunting opportunities!

 

Maryland

Caroline County

Please note – only one town in Caroline County lies within the Nanticoke Watershed. However, additional nearby sites have been included here for your convenience.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Federalsburg Cycling Loop – This 26-mile loop takes you past Federalsburg Elementary School, around the Idylwild Wildlife Management Area (where you will ride into Delaware briefly), and by Houghton Airport.
  • Highland Aerosports – Highland Aerosports offers introductory tandem hang gliding lessons to altitudes of 2,500 feet, one mile and 10,000 feet.  Tandem flight makes it safe and easy for the new comer to get into the air within minutes of arriving for their first lesson.
  • Idylwild Wildlife Management Area – Surrounding the headwaters of the Marshyhope Creek, Idylwild consists of approximately 4,000 acres of diverse and unique recreational forest, including 27 miles of trails for bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, canoeing and kayaking. The trails are closed to motorized vehicles. Alongside of the Marshyhope Creek is Federalsburg’s four-mile long Greenway, which is paved for hiking and biking.
  • Skydive Maryland – Enjoy breathtaking vies of the Bay Bridge and the Chesapeake Bay as you experience the ultimate sky diving adventure.

Hunting and Fishing

  • Caroline County Shooting Preserve – Enjoy a guided hunt on a 700 acre preserve, complete with clubhouse. Quail, Chuckar, Pheasant and Duck packages are available with dogs and guides for rent. Hunters can bring their own dogs as kennels are available too. Bird cleaning services are offered upon request. 
  • Schrader’s Bridgetown Manor Hunting and Sporting Clays – Schrader’s offers 25,000 acres of prime hunting grounds for waterfowl, deer, turkey, doves and upland birds. Sport fishing is also available on local ponds and tributaries. A 24 station sporting clays course with five-stand and wobble trap is open all year long with certified instructors on staff. Rentals available. Stately 11 room bed & breakfast available year round.

Supplies and Equipment Rentals

  • Northern Choptank Adventures – Northern Choptank Adventures is a full-service kayak outfitter that bases out of the historic Riverside Country Inn in Greensboro, Maryland.  They offer both single and tandem kayaks and can provide shuttle service as well.  
  • Denton Ace Hardware – Denton Ace Hardware rents and sells kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, and all the equipment you need to get out on the water.  

For more information about recreational and hunting opportunities in Caroline County, please visit the Tour Caroline County website.

Dorchester County

Family Fun

  • Breckenridge Adventures – Breckenridge Adventures offers all kinds of adventure, including 14 miles of ATV trails, a nine-acre corn maze in the fall, 4 paint ball fields, playground, and more.
  • Camp Hyatt – Pirate’s Cove offers a fun-filled activities program where kids can make new friends and learn new skills. Parents… head off on your own adventures or enjoy some quiet time while your kids learn and discover new experiences only found here on the Eastern Shore!

Recreational Opportunities

  • Blackwater Wildlife Refuge – Located 12 miles south of Cambridge, the refuge consists of over 27,000 acres of woodland, rich tidal marsh, freshwater ponds and managed cropland. Blackwater also features a Butterfly Garden, an Eagle Camera, an Osprey Camera, a Wildlife Drive, and various hiking, cycling, paddling, and walking trails. More information is available at their Visitors Center.
  • Chesapeake Forest Lands – The Chesapeake Forest Lands comprises 460 parcels totaling more than 58,000 acres in five Eastern Shore counties, including Dorchester. Approximately half of the forest area (29,000 acres) is open to public hunting.
  • Elliott Island – Elliott Island is just 18 miles south of Vienna off Route 50. This quaint waterfront village on Fishing Bay is home to approximately 70 locals. Great views of the wetlands, wildlife and waterfront wait as you take this beautiful scenic drive.
  • Heart of Dorchester Tours – Enjoy a guided tour of the land Harriet Tubman grew up on, offered by a family that has called Bucktown home for generations.  Groups are welcome.
  • Visitor Center at Sailwinds Park East – Open daily 8:30am-5pm, the Visitor Center at Sailwinds Park is the place to get up-to-date information on the exciting attractions and events in Dorchester County.  

Hunting and Fishing

  • Double A Charter Fishing – Fishing out of Hoopers Island (Fishing Creek, MD), Double A Charter Fishing has the latest and most sophisticated electronics available, not only to help you catch fish but also to insure your trip to be a safe one under any and all conditions.
  • Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area – The Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area encompasses 28,518 acres. Furbearers (trapping permits issued through bid process), forest game, upland game, waterfowl, white-tailed and sika deer (bow, muzzleloader, shotgun and rifle). Camping is not permitted. Fishing Bay WMA is also home to a water trail, specially designed for kayak and canoe users with an interest in birding and wildlife photography. This water trail offers an outstanding opportunity for paddlers to observe a variety wetland wildlife species in their native habitats.
  • LeCompte Wildlife Management Area – The LeCompte WMA encompasses 485 acres. Furbearers (trapping permits issued through bid process), forest game, upland game, dove, waterfowl (mobility impaired and youth hunting by permit only), deer (bow, muzzleloader, shotgun and rifle). No squirrel hunting.
  • Muddy Marsh Outfitters – Muddy Marsh Outfitters invites you to come share a memorable outdoor experience with us on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Located in Dorchester County, we offer some of the most unique deer hunting available east of the Mississippi.
  • Paradise Farms, LLC – Paradise Farms is proud of our good quality customer care.  We take the time to make sure our birds stay wild and keep them out of contact with humans.  Our hospitality is excellent with our new lodge.  We are excited to present an outstanding overall experience, not just a hunt.
  • Taylor’s Island Wildlife Management Area – The Taylor’s Island Wildlife Management Area encompasses 1,114 acres. Furbearers (trapping permits issued through bid process), forest game, upland game, waterfowl, white-tailed and sika deer (bow, muzzleloader, shotgun and rifle). Primarily boat access.
  • Tide Runner Fishing Charter – Enjoy the challenge of fishing the shallow water flats of the Honga River and Tangier Sound for Speckled Trout, Rockfish and Red Drum, drift fishing for Hardheads and Flounder, and exciting top water casting and deep jigging the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay! It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned fly fisherman, looking for that fish of a lifetime or a first timer just wanting to take the kids bottom fishing, your trip will be designed to suit your needs.

Supplies and Equipment Rentals

  • Blackwater Paddle & Pedal Adventures – BPPA is your one-stop outfitter for your outdoor entertainment! Offering rentals of bicycles, kayaks, motorboats, personal watercraft; guided cycling and paddling tours; sunset cruises on the Choptank River, shuttle service, and more.
  • Chesapeake Classics Sporting Goods – We have supplies for the angler, hunter, boater, and outdoorsman or woman. We carry live bait and tackle (including 24-hour bait and tackle vending), rods and reels, and fishing and hunting licenses. We also house a sub shop, where you can eat in or take out.
  • On the Rivet Cycle Sport Shop – This bicycle & fishing kayak shop in Cambridge, Maryland, features vintage, custom, and leather wrapped bicycles. They also offer the rental of high-end road bicycles for serious riders, as well as repairs.

For more information about visiting Dorchester County, including additional recreational and hunting opportunities, please visit the Tour Dorchester County website

Wicomico County

Family Fun

  •  Cedarhurst Playground – Seemingly tucked away on Rockawalkin Ridge Road, Cedarhurst Playground is actually very close to Route 50 (just a few blocks) and also easily accessible from the Nanticoke Road and Hebron areas. The spacious and well shaded neighborhood park has a playground area that includes a play set with slides and climbing equipment, two swing sets and a merry-go-round. There are several picnic tables and a grill on the far end of the park, perfect for a family Bar-Be-Que. Additionally, the park boasts a nice basketball court and a recreational softball field, great for pick-up games or a round of home run derby.
  • Emerson C. Holloway Park – Emerson C. Holloway Park is a large, wooded area located just around the block from the National Guard building on the west side of Salisbury. The neighborhood park has a spacious picnic area with several picnic tables, benches and grills for family cook-outs. There is also a playground area, two basketball courts, a recreational softball field, and a small pavilion with tables. 
  • Gordy Park – Gordy Park has a large playground area with sheltered picnic tables. Next to the playground are two fenced basketball courts and a skate park with ramps, both added as part of a renovation project in 2009. The park also features four ball fields of varying sizes along with lights, electronic scoreboards, bleachers, and concession stands. The park hosts the range of Delmar’s Little League teams.
  • Indian Village Playground – Indian Village Playground is a neighborhood park located just a few blocks from Route 50 on the west side of Salisbury. The wooded park is nicely shaded and has a spacious playground area, two basketball courts, and a recreational softball field. There is also a permanent building with a small storage room, a covered area with picnic tables, and restroom facilities. In the summertime, Indian Village is one of the county’s free Playground Program sites, providing supervised activities for children ages 5 and up from 9:30 – 4:30 each day.
  • Lake Street Playground – The Lake Street Playground is located right across the street from Chipman Elementary School and shares a parking lot with the First Baptist Church Family Life and Cultural Center. The well-maintained neighborhood park has a recreational softball field, two lighted basketball courts with bleachers, a large playground area, a pavilion with picnic tables and grills, and a permanent concessions building with restroom facilities. The playground equipment includes a Gametime play set for school age children with a climbing wall and 6 slides.
  • Salisbury Zoo - photo courtesy of Wicomico County TourismSalisbury Zoo – The Salisbury Zoo was founded in 1954 when some animals were placed on permanent exhibition in the City Park. The Zoo’s present form resulted from improvements made in the 1970s. The Zoo now provides naturalistic enclosures for species native to North, Central and South America. With its animals, staff, volunteers, and park-like setting, the zoo encourages an appreciation of wildlife and inspires conservation of our natural world.
  • Schumaker Pond Park – Schumaker Park is a beautiful, 11 acre wooded area nestled peacefully along the waterline of Schumaker Pond. The park is somehow spacious and intimate at the same time, making it perfect for either a large gathering or a quiet, casual outing. Family reunions, for instance, can be easily accommodated in the large pavilion, which features an oversized grill situated right next-door in its own shelter. At the other end of the park is a playground with swings, slides, riding toys and a play set. Picnic tables and benches are spread throughout the well-shaded park, providing many separate areas for rest and relaxation. Down the hill from the wooded area is a narrow beach along the pond and a long dock which can be used for fishing. There is also an 18-hole disc golf course spread throughout Schumaker Park.
  • WinterPlace Park – WinterPlace Park is Wicomico County’s largest recreational area, encompassing over 377 acres of land. Located just off of Route 50 across from Perdue Stadium, the versatile park is easily accessible to locals as well as those traveling from out-of-town. Because of its size and convenient location, WinterPlace Park hosts many of Salisbury’s large events and festivals. WinterPlace Park is also a great spot for sports and general recreation. It is equipped with a walking and cross country trail, a pavilion, permanent restroom facilities, and a playground area. The park property also boasts: 2 softball fields, 4 baseball fields (home to the East Wicomico Little League), 2 soccer/lacrosse fields, 2 tennis courts, and 2 beach volleyball courts. It is also home to an Equestrian Center. 

Recreational Opportunities

  • Cherry Beach Park – Cherry Beach Park is located along the upper Nanticoke River in Sharptown, about 15 minutes from Salisbury. The heavily used recreation facility provides Sharptown and greater Wicomico County residents with a boat ramp, a fishing pier, a large pavilion with picnic tables and a beach area. Updated in 2009 as part of the park’s Master Plan, Cherry Beach also now has an expanded parking lot, a new Gametime Playground for school age children, a revitalized beach and shoreline, and a walking path connecting it to neighboring Cope Bennett Park. With all it has to offer, Cherry Beach is a great place for families to spend a day enjoying the beauty of the Nanticoke.
  • Chesapeake Tours & Promotions – Chesapeake Tours and Promotions can custom design your Chesapeake itinerary saving you time and taking the worry out of making those travel plans. Designed by experienced travel planners native to the region, you can be certain your 2-night, 3-night and longer custom itinerary will not only take you to the heart of Chesapeake country, but also to the lesser known treasures of the area.
  • Cove Road Beach – Cove Road Beach is the perfect beach spot for kids and sunbathers alike, and the quick, scenic drive down Nanticoke Road beats sitting in Route 50 beach traffic any day. The beach area is long and narrow with tall beach grass separating it from the parking lot and shaded picnic tables. From the warm sand, the view of the Nanticoke River is beautiful. The water is calm and shallow, perfect for young children to swim in without the worry of being knocked over by an ocean wave. Plus, it’s a good fishing and crabbing spot in the quiet of the early morning or evening hours. Parking availability and space is limited in capacity. Early arrival is recommended, as spaces fills quickly.
  • Pemberton Park – Pemberton Historical Park is a gorgeous, 260 acre expanse of nature and wildlife, incredibly located just minutes from Route 50 along Pemberton Drive. Created by the Wicomico County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism in the 1980’s, the park surrounds Pemberton Hall which is a plantation home built in 1741 and rich in Eastern Shore history. Appropriately, the park’s mission is to provide a setting that blends together both history and the natural environment. This unique combination makes the park suitable for all types of visitors. Amenities include a nature trail system with 7 unique trails ranging from .2 to 1.1 miles, fresh water ponds with fishing allowed on a catch and release basis, public restrooms, and several picnic areas. The park also offers environmental education and nature programs led by the on-site Park Naturalist.
  • Roaring Point Park – Roaring Point is a beautiful park tucked quietly away along the Nanticoke River, Maryland, secluded by dense trees and wildlife. The park is located about 30 minutes from Salisbury via Nanticoke Road. A short path through the wooded area leads to a .8 mile stretch of beach with a picturesque view of the lower Nanticoke River as it widens to reach the Tangier Sound and Chesapeake Bay. Roaring Point is well known as a good fishing and crabbing spot by the locals, thanks to its location on the river and its long, rocky jetty that extends far out into the tide. The park is also a good spot for a peaceful walk through the woods or a stroll along the beach. And it’s a great place to bring young children in the summer to play in the sand and splash in the calm, shallow water of the Nanticoke River. Parking availability and space is limited in capacity.  Early arrival is recommended, as spaces fills quickly.
  • Tyaskin Park – Located about 15 miles from Salisbury, Tyaskin Park is tucked away at the end of Tyaskin Road on the Nanticoke River. The park has a picnic pavilion at the water’s edge, a small beach area which provides water access, and a large pier perfect for fishing or crabbing.

Supplies and Equipment Rentals

  • Adrenaline High – Custom biking and kayaking tours.  Our tours are affordable and customized for you. We can accommodate all ages, fitness, and skill-levels.  You do not have to be in great shape to get outdoors and enjoy the Eastern Shore with us! 
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods – Located in Salisbury, Dick’s Sporting Goods carries all the outdoor equipment you could need, including apparel, hunting and fishing equipment, camping and hiking equipment, and bicycle tools, parts, and accessories.
  • Gander Mountain – Located in Salisbury, Gander Mountain carries hunting, fishing, camping, and more outdoor gear. With the slogan “We Live Outdoors,” they are bound to be able to accommodate most of your supply and equipment needs.
  • Survival Products – Kayak and stand up paddleboard rental.  For any paddler and any paddling experience.  We’ll even get you set up with the rack you need for your car!

Delaware

Sussex County

Bethel

Recreational Opportunities

  • Bethel Memorial Park – Located between Main Streets in historic downtown Bethel, the park provides a small pavilion perfect for a relaxing picnic.

Hunting and Fishing

  • Edward Koch Fishing Area -Located along Broad Creek, the Ed Koch Fishing Area has plenty of space for shoreline fishing, picnicing or even launching a canoe or kayak.  This is also an offical access area for the Nanticoke River Water Trail.
  • Portsville Pond – Located at 31414 Dogwood Lane, Portsville Pond offers anglers good fishing opportunities for bass, sunfish, and chain pickerel.  The 15 acre pond managed by the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife, has a boat ramp and limited shoreline fishing.
  • Tussock Pond – Tussock Pond is a nine acre impoundment managed by the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife.  At this pond located on Dogwood Lane, fisherman will find a boat ramp and some limited shoreline fishing opportunities.  Waters levels in Tussock Pond can drop significantly during very dry summers making the boat ramp inaccessible.  Please check with the Division of Fish & Wildlife for potential closures.

Blades

Recreational Opportunities

  • Blades Public Park – Located on East 7th street the Blades Public Park has pavilions for picnics, basketball courts, a tot lot, playground, and restrooms.
  • Blades Triangle Park
  • Nanticoke River Marina – The Naticoke River Marine Park opened in May 2002, and is the only marina on the north end of the Nanticoke River.  Only 39 miles from the mouth of the Cheasapeake Bay, it is a wonderful destination for boaters who want to experience the wonder of the scenic Nanticoke.  Transients welcome!

Laurel

Recreational Opportunities

  • Broad Creek Greenway – Located on the banks of Broad Creek, the greenway offers shoreline fishing opportunities and a great place for a relaxing picnic.
  • Delmarva Board Sport Adventures – Based in Rehoboth Beach, Delmarva Board Sport Adventures offers paddling eco-tours on Broad Creek via Laurel and at Trap Pond State Park.
  • Janosik Park – Located on Broad Creek just below the spillway at Records Pond, Janosik Park offers lots of shoreline fishing opportunities and scenic pathways along the riverfront.
  • Market Street Square Park – Located off Market Street in the historic town of Laurel, the Market Square Park offer a covered pavilion and lots of picnic opportunities.
  • Skydive Delmarva – Skydive Delmarva is the best-appointed skydiving operation serving the Mid Atlantic Metro Corridor. Encompassing the Washington DC, Baltimore, Wilmington and Philadelphia Suburban Areas, with the added advantage of our close proximity to the Delaware and Maryland Beach Resort Areas, our central though rural location makes for a great day out and break away from the hustle and bustle of city life!
  • Trap Pond State Park – Freshwater wetlands once covered a large portion of southwestern Sussex County. Trap Pond State Park retains a part of the swamp’s original beauty and mystery, and features the northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees in the United States. The pond was created in the late 1700s to power a sawmill during the harvest of large baldcypress from the area. The Federal Government later purchased the pond and surrounding farmland during the 1930s and the Civilian Conservation Corps began to develop the area for recreation. Trap Pond became one of Delaware’s first state parks in 1951.

    Visitors have many opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the wetland forest. Hiking trails surround the pond, providing opportunities to glimpse native animal species and many flowering plants. Birdwatching is a popular activity and the observant hiker may spot a Great Blue Heron, owl, hummingbird, warbler, Bald Eagle or the elusive Pileated Woodpecker.

Hunting and Fishing

  • Chipmans Pond –  Located on Chipman Pond Road, this 52 acre pond has a boat ramp and plenty of parking.  Anglers will need a small boat, canoe or kayak since there is almost no shoreline fishing access available.
  • Horseys Pond – Anglers searching for bass, sunfish or crappie will want to check out Horseys Pond, Delaware’s deepest impoundment.  Accessible from Sharptown Road, this 46 acre impoundment has a boat launch and plenty of shoreline fishing opportunities.
  • Nanticoke Wildlife Area - Phillips Landing – Managed by the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife, the Nanticoke Wildlife Area consists of three large tracts of land lining the shores of the Nanticoke River and Broad Creek.  Totaling just over 4,400 acres, the expansive forests and swamps are a popular spot among hunters, fisherman, hikers, and birdwatchers alike.
  • Records Pond – Located at 155 Sussex Highway in Laurel, Records Pond provides a variety of fishing opportunities.  During most seasons, bass, sunfish, crappie, catfish and even striped bass can be caught.  The 92 acre impoundment has a boat launch and accessible fishing pier in the southwest corner of the pond near the water control structure.

Supplies and Equipment Rentals

  • A&K Enterprises Bait Shop
  • Branchy’s Gun Shop – Branchy’s Gun Shop is the BIGGEST little gun store on the shore, with a large inventory of rifles, shotguns, handguns, black powder guns, BB guns, youth firearms, ammunition, scopes, cross bows, Liberty Safes and all types of accessories.
  • Broad Creek Rifle Works

Seaford

Recreational Opportunities

  • Nibblett Stables – Come experience the joy of horseback riding at Nibblett Stables in Seaford, Delaware. Our goal at Nibblett Stables is to give both horse and human an encouraging place to learn, progress, and succeed in any discipline of horsemanship using a natural horsemanship training. We are also committed to building confidence, teaching safety through effective horse handling and the development of an ideal relationship with your horse.
  • Nutter Park – Named in honor of past Councilman Henry E. Nutter, Jr., Nutter Park is located on Collins Avenue in east Seaford.  The park includes playground equipment and basketball courts.
  • Seaford Riverwalk – Come experience the splendor of the Nanticoke River in downtown Seaford.  The Seaford Riverwalk has space for fishing and picnicking, as well as a floating dock and canoe launch.
  • Soroptimist Park – Located on Williams Pond, Soroptimist Park has playgrounds, ball fields, pavilions for picnics and shoreline fishing opportunities.
  • Seaford Sports Complex – Seaford’s newest park, the Seaford Sports Complex includes ball fields and the newly constructed Jay’s Nest playground.
  • Kiwanis Park – A beautiful Memorial Park located along Stein Highway.
  • Hooper’s Landing Golf Course – Come play this 18-hole public course, which is spread over 203 acres of land. The Arthur H. Tull designed course was constructed in 1949, and continues to serve the community today.  In addition to the 18 holes, this 72-Par course has a driving range and putting green for your enjoyment.
  • Chapel Branch Nature Preserve – Managed by the Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy, this preserve offers nature trails and a picnic area.
  • Barnes Woods Nature Preserve – The Barnes Woods Nature Preserve south of Seaford offers a self-guided nature trail through hardwood forests.
  • Seaford Canoe Launch – Owned and managed by the city of Seaford, the floating canoe launch provides access to the upper portions of the Nanticoke River Water Trail.
  • Seaford Boat Ramp – Managed by the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife, the Seaford Boat launch has four boat ramps, restrooms, a pier to tie off and ample parking.  The launch provides direct access to the Nanticoke River Water Trail.

Hunting and Fishing

  • Concord Pond – Located at the head of Deep Creek, Concord Pond provides good fishing opportunities for sunfish, crappie and bass.
  • Craigs Pond –  The small 11 acre pond provides good shoreline fishing access for bass and crappie.  For boat anglers, a small launch is available along Craigs Mill Road.
  • Hearns Pond – Located off Hearns Mill Road, the 53 acre mill pond provides excellent bass fishing to both shoreline and boat anglers.
  • Northern Wings – Northern Wings was founded in 1995 by Michael and Susan Veasey. Michael began carving professionally in 1980 with his father Bill Veasey. Most of their time was spent making decorative carvings, until friends started asking them to make some cork hunting decoys. Realizing a need for a quality cork hunting decoy they developed the Dead Duck Decoy® series. By 1997 nearly 90% of the carvings were cork hunting decoys.

    After finding reliable sources for recycled untreated pine they decided to try making some antiqued decoys. Spending the next few years experimenting with different techniques they created our American Folk Art line. Comprised of ducks, swans, herons with constant additions.

Supplies and Equipment Rentals

  • Rommel’s Ace Home Center – Rommel’s Ace rents and sells single and tandem kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, and all the equipment you need to get out on the water.
  • Walker’s Marine Inc – Located in Seaford, Delaware, Walker’s Marine is a full-service shop for all of your boating needs. You will also find hunting and fishing supplies as well as a fully-stocked parts department.
  • Delmarva Shooting Supply – Committed to providing access to the best and latest in shooting gear, as well as top quality gun repair and a knowledge of the shooting sports.
  • Coastal Gun Works – America’s largest online firearms and accessories mall.
  • Olympia Sports – Olympia Sports is a service and family oriented retail sporting goods company featuring a broad assortment of high quality name brand merchandise in sports equipment, apparel, athletic footwear and accessories.
  • Delmarva RV Center – Delmarva Service Center is here to serve both your new and pre-owned RVs.  Our recently remodeled Parts Department has thousands of parts in stock to make it easy to find exactly what you need to keep your vehicle running smooth.