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12 Things You Can Count On at Maryland’s Seaside

Posted April 20, 2020

Some things never change in Worcester County, Maryland.

There are some things you can always count on. Maryland’s seaside has many aspects that never change—and we love that!

Whether you live in Worcester County or are planning to visit as soon as it’s possible, there is comfort in knowing that some things remain constant. Among the treasures that endure, here are some of our favorites.

A glorious way to start the day: Stand on the beach in Ocean City or on Assateague Island and see a sunrise as ocean waves lick your toes. Even just thinking about the experience can make you feel the ahhh!

37 miles of pristine beach encircle our barrier island, Assateague. Stretched between the wind-swept dunes and ocean waves, the wide strip of rippled sand is speckled with a variety of shells, including scallops, angel wings, slipper shells, and knobbed whelks. Birds rush in and out, dancing in step with the water while digging for crabs and clams. It’s a natural haven that offers a breath of fresh air.

Wild horses roam free on untamed Assateague Island National Seashore, sometimes frolicking in the waves. It’s a picturesque scene that’s been happening here since the early 1700s when horses were first brought to the island. The resilient Maryland herd is managed as wildlife, free to graze on grasses or splash in the waves without human intervention.

Variety is, as has been said, the spice of life and Worcester County boasts multiple habitats from the Atlantic Ocean to maritime forests, Sinepuxent Bay to sand dunes, the salt marsh to creeks and rivers. Horses may be our most famous resident creatures, but our biodiversity offers homes to more wildlife including deer, turtles, tree frogs, crabs, dolphins, otters, and a myriad of birds including waterfowl, wading birds, raptors, owls, and shorebirds.

Serenity among cypress thatcan live for more than 1,500 years is here now and these trees were common during the Jurassic period when dinosaurs roamed the earth! Home to the nation’s northmost cypress groves, Pocomoke River boasts pristine and unspoiled waters. It counts osprey, bald eagles, egrets, blue herons, and otters among its residents. Hickory Point Cypress Swamp, the largest southern swamp system in Maryland, supports at least 14 threatened and endangered species. The wetland, which is located in Pocomoke State Forest, is home to bald eagles, owls, warblers, butterflies, and several fish including the rare longnose gar.

Natural beauty can be discovered on trails that meander through several different parks, including three different half-mile loops on Assateague Island, a 0.66-mile route in Ocean City’s Herring Creek Nature Park, the one-mile “Paul Leifer Nature Trail” loop through the Nassawango Cypress Swamp in Snow Hill’s Furnacetown, the 4.25-mile Milburn Landing Trail or 6.5-mile Chandler Tract Trail in Pocomoke State Forest, 0.6-mile low-impact path at Stephen Decatur Park in Berlin, or the one-mile loop at Whitehorse Park in Berlin, among other scenic options.

The incomparable views of Assawoman Bay at Greys Creek Nature Park, which is located at the extreme tip of Worcester County, are thought-provoking. This 574-acre tract boasts an upland coastal forest as well as sensitive non-tidal and tidal saltwater wetlands. Preserved to protect the habitat and its resident wildlife, the quiet place stands in contrast to the towering skylines of Ocean City, Maryland and Fenwick Island, Delaware that it overlooks.

Tranquility at places like Nassawango Creek Preserve in Snow Hill can calm the soul. One of the last true wilderness areas on the East Coast, the primeval forest is home to many native plants including orchids yet is dominated by bald cypress and black gum. From its shimmering black water to trilling warblers, it envelops the senses.

History lingers in Berlin, which boasts 47 structures on the National Register of Historic Places spanning two centuries of architecture. The downtown area, which is a designated National Register Historic District, has served as a filming location for Paramount Pictures “Runaway Bride” and Disney’s “Tuck Everlasting.”

Our inspiring landscapes motivate artists from around the world, evidenced by the impressive works at The Art League of Ocean City’s Center for the Arts. Ocean City’s only gallery showcases exhibits by regional and local artists. Its event calendar includes workshops for artists of all ages and skill levels as well as an annual plein air painting competition.

Community spirit. Worcester County is home to 11 distinct towns—Ocean City, Berlin, Pocomoke City, Snow Hill, Ocean Pines, Bishopville, Girdletree, Newark, Stockton, West Ocean City, and Whaleyville—united by cooperation more than proximity. We treat our guests as we treat our neighbors, with kindness and unrivaled enthusiasm that endures the test of time.

Spectacular sunsets. Whether you’re sitting in a hot tub in a private hotel suite, sipping a cocktail at a bayside dining establishment, or strolling the promenade at Sunset Park (Ocean City’s newest park) with its panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Assateague Island, and the Sinepuxent Bay, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of wonder you get watching the sun dip below the horizon and in the process stripe the skies in various hues.

Discover more reasons to love Worcester County, Maryland’s only seaside county, at www.beachandbeyond.org. We’re ready for you when it’s safe to travel again.

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