Near Snow Hill, MD exists several kayaking opportunities through cypress swamps.
Byrd Park in Snow Hill is one of the best launch spots. Two boat ramps, restrooms, shaded picnic areas and playground equipment exist in the park. Leaving from Byrd Park kayak south on the Pocomoke River. Tidal flow and winds both have an effect on padding the Pocomoke so be prepared. Fishing boats tend to fly through the area. Staying out of the boat channel is a good practice.
Two miles south of Snow Hill the mouth of Nassawango Creek opens up on the right. Different from other paddling locations in this area both the Pocomoke and Nassawango Creek are bordered by hard wood forests to the shore line. Paddling close to shore one quickly realizes in times of high water a hardwood swamp often extends quite a distance into the forest. Several miles up Nassawango Creek Cypress trees become more predominant. While song birds are quite numerous in this area, very few water birds exist. The water is dark and limits their ability to fish.
This is a peaceful paddle passing just a few houses. Approximately two miles from the Pocomoke one kayaks under a bridge. A mile further upstream is a landing on the left which is part of Nature Conservancy lands. An orange sign on the tree is about the only way to spot the landing, and the water is deep to the shore so disembarking is a challenge. There are benches and some hiking trails in the area. Putting ashore here for a break is a good idea as there are few other spots.
In mid May on a high tide we were able to go another mile upstream pass the Nature Conservancy landing. Finding the best route through the water lilies became more challenging. Signs posted by the Pocomoke Canoe Company in the upper area do come in handy. At over 10 miles round trip this might for a relaxing paddle on this late spring day.
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