Tuckahoe State Park, MD is approximately 25 minutes east of the Bay Bridge. From Route 50 traveling east, turn left onto Route 404. Travel approximately 8 miles. Turn left at stoplight onto Route 480. Travel a short distance and turn left onto Eveland Road. The park visitor center is a white farmhouse located approximately 3 miles on the left.
If it's outdoor adventure you are looking for, this is the place to find it. Tuckahoe State Park is divided by Tuckahoe Creek, which runs the length of the park's 3,800-acres. Mountain bikers, equestrians and hikers can explore gentle terrain on over 15 miles of scenic trails in this stream and valley park. A short section of The American Discovery Trail (ADT), which traces a route from the eastern seaboard to the west coast, passes through Tuckahoe State Park. There are several self-guided water trails to explore by kayak and canoe. Park Naturalist-led canoe trips within the park are also available year-round. Other trails include a self-guided Natural Trail and a 2 mile Physical Fitness Trail.
Due to the unique composition of the area's streams, fields, forests, wetlands and 60-acre lake (no motors allowed), a tremendous diversity of plant and wildlife can be enjoyed. It is not uncommon to spot bald eagles, ospreys, and great blue herons. Don't be too suprised if a beaver or muskrat swims past your canoe.
Park facilities include: family camping area, cabins, central bathhouse with showers and restroom facilities, picnic areas with tables and grills, playgrounds. Mountain bikes, kayaks, paddleboats and canoes are also available for rent at the park during the spring, summer and fall. Contact the park for current service charges, available days and times and stop at the Park Visitor's Center for more information.
The Adkins Arboretum and the nearby Crouse Mill historic site (see Notes below) are worth a visit before or after your mountain biking adventure.
Tuckahoe's trails are mostly level, easy paths. Following periods of rain they can be very slippery, especially along riverbanks and flooded woodlands. It's best to avoid biking here during wet periods.
Tuckahoe Valley Trail: 4.5 miles (easy to moderate)
Tuckahoe Office Spur Trail: .25 miles (white blaze with blue dot)
Arboretum Spur Trail: .25 mile (white blaze with red dot)
Creek-Side Cliff Trail: 1.25 miles
Piney Branch Loop Trail: .4 mile
Equestrian Cutoff Trail: 1.4 miles
Turkey Hill Trail: .25 miles
Little Florida Trail: 1.75 miles
Greiner's Fishing Trail: .5 mile
Pee Wee's Trail: 1.6 miles
Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre preserve operated by a private, non-profit agency within the park boundaries. The Arboretum trail system has 3.5 miles of interpretive trails and gravel handicapped accessible walkways.
Visit their website for information about interpretive programs: www.adkinsarboretum.org
This area has a very rich history. The area's earliest inhabitants were the Nanticoke Indians, who established villages along Tuckahoe Creek. Although officially undocumented, it is widely believed that Tuckahoe Creek was also part of Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad, a secret network of safe houses where runaway slaves could stay on their journey north to freedom. Another famous runaway slave and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, was born in a log cabin located along Tuckahoe Creek.
Crouse Mill Site:
For more information:
Tuckahoe State Park
Phone: (410) 820-1668