All Things Kayaking

Pitts Creek, New Church, VA

A new home base opens up new kayaking locations for Maryland Kayaker. Venturing just inches south of the Maryland/Virginia border brings one to Pitts Creek off the Pocomoke River. The launch site features a small parking area on a bend of the Pocomoke. Kayaking north about half mile finds the entrance to Pitts Creek.

This area features a nice blend of marsh and hardwood forests next to the creek. Paddling upstream during high tide meant few wadding birds were spotted. On the return trip at lower tide the birds are more obvious. Pitts Creek winds back and forth for a number of miles and offers as much kayaking as one wishes. Image

On a day in early June we paddled about five miles upstream with the usual bald eagle spotting. Nearly to the end of our paddle we spotted an eagle’s nest on the western shore. This also looks like a nice area to take a dip on a hot summer day.

A nice restful paddle one needs only watch the wind and boats while on the Pocomoke.

Directions to launch site:

A GPS is useful to find this place at the end of Bell Rd. Southbound on US 13 turn left on Rt. 709 (1 1/2 miles south of MD/VA line). Stay on Rt. 709 which makes several turns. Eventually 709 becomes Pitts Creek Rd. Take a right onto Bell Rd. (Be sure and notice the house on the left!). The boat launch is at the end of Bell Rd. No facilities are located here. The closest are in New Church.

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