Pocomoke River State Park is tucked away on Maryland’s lower eastern shore near Snow Hill, Maryland and is owned and maintained by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The highlight of this 15,000-acre park is the wild and scenic Pocomoke River, where locals and travelers come to boat, canoe, kayak, and fish. Pocomoke means black water, and the scenery is outstanding around these dark, tannin-stained waters. The river originates in the Great Cypress Swamp in Delaware and flows southwesterly 45 miles to the Chesapeake Bay. The surrounding forest is famous for its stand of loblolly pine and for its cypress swamps which border the river. There are several campgrounds in the park and they are divided into two separate areas by the Pocomoke; the Shad Landing Area on the south and the Milburn Landing Area on the north. The park offers riverfront campsites, mini cabins, picnic areas, a marina, watercraft rentals, multi-use trails, a camp store, playgrounds, and a swimming pool. Pets are allowed in the following areas:
– The marina day-use area, including the boat ramp area to board vessels.
– The Acorn Trail camping loop.
– They are allowed in all day-use areas after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend.
– Pets are welcome in all areas of the park.
– Snow Hill, Maryland
Adjacent to Pocomoke River State Park is the Nassawango Creek Preserve which is one of the northernmost bald cypress swamps in the country and is the reason I was drawn to this area. I’ll be posting about the preserve later.
Shad Landing Camping: Shad Landing has 175 campsites. The camp loops at Robins Nest and Waters Edge remain open for winter camping. Each campsite provides a picnic table, steel fire ring with adjustable grill, and a lantern post with attached table. Centrally located bathhouses have hot water showers, sinks, flush toilets, and a laundry tub. All types of camping units are welcome and some campsites have electric hookups. Sites are limited to six persons per site and all camping units must fit on the camping pad and driveway. A dumping station is available for sewage and potable water. Camper registration and firewood is located at the camp store and all vehicles must be registered for overnight stays.
Milburn Landing Camping: Milburn Landing has 32 campsites (some electric) and is operated remotely from Shad Landing. Campers must self register at the office upon arrival. All campsites provide a picnic table, steel fire ring with adjustable grill, and a lantern post with table. The new bathhouse is complete and offers hot water showers, sinks, flush toilets, and laundry tubs. A firewood box where campers can purchase firewood for $5 per bundle is located at the registration office. Canoeists can access the camping area from the river. A dump station is available.
The grounds and facilities in both areas are very clean and well maintained with great views of the forest and the Pocomoke River.
Youth Group Camping: Two Youth Group Camping sites are available at both Shad Landing and Milburn Landing. These primitive sites are available to groups as large as 40. The Shad Landing site is equipped with pit toilets. The Milburn Site utilizes the campground bathhouse or day use comfort station. Advance reservations are required for all youth groups. There is a $2.00 per person per night service charge for sanctioned youth groups. A valid Maryland DNR Youth Group Pass is required to reserve a designated Youth Group camping area.
Group Camping: Group sites are located within the Blue Heron camp loop. Sites are equipped with a large fire ring, benches, picnic tables, hammock stands, and group grill. Occupants must park in designated parking areas. Two sites are designed to accommodate 40 people and one site accommodates 20.
Rating Our Stay at the Shad Landing Deer Run Loop:
Site Quality: 4
This park is ideally located near the Nassawango Creek Preserve, Furnace Town, Ocean City, Assateague Island National Seashore, Chincoteague Island, and the Chesapeake Bay. This is an excellent location for boating and fishing.
Overall Rating: 4.6
Address: Shad Landing Area – 3461 Worcester Highway, Snow Hill, MD 21863
Milburn Landing Area – 3036 Nassawango Road, Pocomoke City, MD 21851
GPS Coordinates: 38.137493, -75.442042
Phone Number: 410-632-2566
Hours of Operation: Sunrise to sunset daily.
Campground Check-in: 3:00 pm Check-out: 1:00 pm
Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/pocomokeriver.asp
Weather Forecast: Snow Hill