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Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail

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Trail

0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 8' 3 m
Descent: -7' -2 m
High: 10' 3 m
Low: 4' 1 m

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Max Grade: 1% (0°)

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Trail shared by Rick Hagen

An elevated boardwalk path above scenic tidal marsh.

Rick Hagen

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly A wide, smooth trail. Bikes are allowed.

This area is open dawn to dusk.

Need to Know

Parking right near the trailhead is marked for boat slip holders only. There is free public parking about 100 yards away near the recreation center. Bicycles are allowed.

Description

This trail begins from the parking area behind the Chesapeake Beach Community Center. It is an elevated boardwalk above a tidal marsh along Fishing Creek. The trail forms a Y-shape with Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail - North Branch. The stem of the Y parallels the creek to an intersection where the arms of the Y branch. The right branch (Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail - North Branch) crosses a side creek and climbs slightly where it ends at the rear of a housing development. The left branch crosses the main creek and continues on a paved surface along an old railroad bed to a dead-end above the creek.

The entire trail is boardwalk and paved trail and there are trail signs that include mileage. There are also alcoves on the boardwalk with benches and informative signs describing the landscape and wildlife.

Flora & Fauna

Along the elevated boardwalk one can see herons, osprey, gulls, and other seabirds. There are several osprey nesting platforms along the trail.

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Contacts

Land Manager: Town of Chesapeake Beach

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Feb 14, 2020
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View of elevated boardwalk at start of Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail
Oct 7, 2018 near Chesape…, MD

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