Out & About in the Watershed – MRC Staff Picks
The best way to experience the Midshore’s abundant natural beauty is to GET OUTSIDE!
Backroads of Talbot County — From Easton, Cross the Miles River Bridge and continue riding on Unionville Road, enjoy the small towns of Unionville and Copperville. Take a left at left Bruffs Island Road and then another left onto Copperville Road. Turn onto Tunis Mills Road and enjoy crossing the Tunis Mills Bridge as you enter the waterfront village of Tunis Mills. Continue on Tunis Mills Road and take a right on Unionville Road, and you’ll be on your way to back to Easton.
Feeling adventurous? — Ride down Oxford Road to the quaint Eastern Shore town of Oxford, take the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry to Bellevue, and return to Easton via Bellevue/Royal Oak. Check ferry schedule before embarking on this ride—open seasonally. Or take Oxford Road to Oxford, stop at the riverfront beach on the Strand if you like, back to Oxford Road to Almshouse to White Marsh Road to Sanderstown to Island Creek Road, then reverse to return to Easton.
Ride for Clean Rivers (formerly Tour de Talbot)—MRC’s annual fundraiser has three great routes depending on your adventure level, 65, 35, and 20 mile routes. Bike on the backroads of Queen Anne’s County and a little bit of Talbot County. One can even explore Tuckahoe State Park with the routes.
Kings Creek Water Trail — Starting from Kingston Landing, take a right and travel about 1/3 of a mile to the mouth of Kings Creek. Be mindful of the tides and don’t forget to explore the side streets of the Kings Creek. Want to take your trip a little further? Check out a River Explorer Pack at the MRC office.
Izaak Walton League — Explore Bolingbroke Park, which is located at the headwaters of Bolingbroke Creek, a tributary of the Choptank River. After traversing the hiking trails of Bolingbroke Park, launch your kayak, near the parking area and explore Bolingbroke Creek.
Upper Choptank River — Launch kayaks at the Greensboro boat launch, which consists of a large parking lot, two boat ramps and bathroom facilities. Traveling upstream go through the downtown area of Greensboro, and soon be off and enjoying the waterways of the Upper Choptank. Be sure to bring nature guidebooks!
Adkins Arboretum — Enjoy exploring this 400-acre woodland, meadow, wetland, and garden park. Hike five miles of trails within the park, but be sure to explore the Arboretum Tuckahoe Valley trail which connects to Tuckahoe State Park. This place is great for all ages. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
Pickering Creek Audubon Center —Make this a multi-sport day. Take the backroads of Easton and bike to Pickering Creek Audubon Center. Then, enjoy the four miles of nature trails, while on the look-out for the hundreds of species of flora and fauna. After lunch, it’s back to Easton by bike. Remember to take plenty of water on your trip. Pickering Creek is open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year.
Wye Island Natural Resource Managment Area — Wye Island NRMA is located in the tidal recesses of the Chesapeake Bay between the Wye River and the Wye East River. Of Wye Island’s 2,800 acres, 2,450 are managed by the Department of Natural Resources Maryland Park Service for resource management, recreation and agriculture. A major emphasis at Wye Island is to provide suitable habitat for wintering waterfowl populations and other native wildlife.