Terrapin Park

Terrapin Beach Park

This award-winning 276-acre nature park features a 3.25-mile oyster chaff walking trail, which meanders through wildflower meadows, wetlands, tidal ponds, woodlands and sandy beaches. The trail provides a unique vantage point for viewing an incredible variety of waterfowl, wildlife and plant species. A gazebo and wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, located along the beach afford a spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and park benches located along the trail provides a brief respite for the weary. The trail, which wanders over several ridges, across marshlands and through woodlands, features two observation blinds overlooking the tidal ponds. The trail connects to the County’s Cross Island Trail system. Nearby free parking for the Cross Island Trail system is available at Old Love Point Park. Portable toilets are available year round.

The park includes over 4,000 feet of shoreline and 73 acres of wetlands, making it a destination for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. From the two observation blinds which border the tidal ponds, herons, ospreys, swans, turtles, bullfrogs and a variety of songbirds can be seen.

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Hours

The park is open from dawn to dusk.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

A current Beach Permit must be displayed by all vehicles parked at Matapeake Clubhouse and Public Beach, Terrapin Nature Park (including area designated on Log Canoe Circle) and designated parking for Ferry Point Park.

Maryland residents: $5 daily / $35 annually

Out of state: $10 daily / $60 annually

Activities

Visitors may walk the nature trails through meadow, wetlands, tidal ponds and woodlands to the sandy beach at the Bay shoreline. The trail, observation blinds boardwalk provide a vantage point for viewing waterfowl and the Bay. A small picnic area is located at the site of an old homestead. Shade trees and portable rest room facilities are nearby. Fishing is allowed except in posted areas (license required). Camping is allowed by permit only. Hunting, trapping, and firearms are prohibited.

Facilities

The facility currently offers a one mile nature trail, two observation blinds, several sitting areas foot bridges, a gazebo, a parking area, and a boardwalk leading to the Chesapeake Bay. Portable toilets are available year round. 

Accessibility

Trail and boardwalk are wheelchair accessible.

Pets

On leash. Pick up after your pet.

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