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Terrapin Nature Park, Stevensville

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  • This trail was wonderful for running while we were on vacation. The beach run is spectacular!!! Safe, dog friendly, wonderful!  more »
  • My husband's family had a shore home on the Chester River so he grew up on the Eastern Shore and he had never heard of this place when I mentioned it to him after seeing it on a list of great swimming...  more »
  • You can hike, run, bike or walk. There's a beach, a duck blind (used to be two but one burned), a boardwalk to bird watch or deer watch. There's a small area to swim or fish the bay. Two huge ponds. H...  more »
  • If you're looking for a beautiful place for a long nature walk or just a short one to enjoy the natural sites of the Chesapeake Bay and estuaries, this certainly is a great spot to do so! You can take a long looping trail that totals around 2-3 miles, passing through forested areas, estuaries, tidal marshes, and eventually ends up along a beach facing the open Chesapeake Bay and Bay Bridge. The park also connects to the local Cross-Island trail, which is a 7+ mile paved trail that heads east across the island. If you would like to enjoy the sites, but do not want to walk as much, there are shorter gravel trails as well (shortest walk to the beach is about .25-.5 miles maximum). All trails through the park are runner and biker friendly. Would not recommend roller blades unless you stay on the Cross-Island trail, which is paved. The beach here itself is very long (but short in terms of distance to the water), with a decent amount of space for visitors to sunbathe and swim, even on busy summer weekends and holidays. There are porta-potties scattered around the park, but do tend to be a little dirty during busy summer months (what porta-potties aren't?). If you would like to fish, there are also designated spots where you can do just that. Sometimes seaweed does wash up during the late summer due to storms/dredging, but I cannot rule that as a downside because that will always be an occurrence along the Chesapeake Bay in the summer. Only real downside to this park that I can think of is that the parking lot will fill up fast on busier days and visitors will have to resort to parking along the local street.
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