Just a short drive from the Bay Bridge in Queen Anne’s County lies a Maryland gem — Terrapin Nature Park & Beach. An ideal destination for families, this sprawling 276-acre destination invites visitors to enjoy all they have to offer!
Located along a stretch of beach, park visitors can spread a blanket and enjoy the sandy beach and the opportunity to treasure hunt along the shoreline, searching for shells, sea glass, and other beachside wonders. Please note, swimming is not permitted.
One of the park’s standout features is its remarkable 3.25-mile walking trail, affectionately known as the Oyster Chaff Trail. Along this path, enjoy panoramic views that range from wildflower meadows and wetlands to tidal ponds and dense woodlands. Along the way, strategically placed observation blinds give a front-row seat to the tidal ponds’ magic, while a beautifully situated pavilion offers a picturesque view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Interlaced with wooden bridges, this trail not only serves as a window to the park’s diverse wildlife, but also connects to the Cross Island Trail. The Cross Island Trail is a 6.5 miles long tree-lined linear park free of non-vehicular transportation. The trail spans east to west from Terrapin Park to the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center at Kent Narrows, with future expansion plans.
Historically, the Chesapeake Bay area, which the park overlooks, holds immense cultural significance. It has been a central point for commerce, exploration, and settlement since the early days of American history. Native American tribes originally inhabited its shores, and it later witnessed the growth of the American colonies. Over the centuries, the Bay and its surroundings, including areas like Terrapin Nature Park, have been conservation focal points.
Terrapin Nature Park & Beach • Stevensville, MD (Map)
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