Pocomoke River State Park to Grow by Hundreds of Acres

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There is good news if you like to spend time at Pocomoke River State Park on Maryland's lower Eastern Shore. The state just acquired 212 acres of new park land.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced a former golf course is being repurposed to provide access to the Pocomoke River Water Trail, and will also allow for more opportunities to play at the park.

DNR says parts of the property will be allowed to reforest, which will protect water quality on Corbin Branch and the Pocomoke River. That's because coastal forests and marshes help provide some natural resilience to flooding and erosion

“This acquisition will benefit Pocomoke River State Park as well as the Lower Eastern Shore watershed,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “....we can enhance and expand our state park, providing even greater public access and recreation, while shoring up the rivers now and into the future.”

The property, located in a Target Ecological Area, scored a 90 on the department’s scoring system, which is based on a 0-100 scale.

-Meg Walburn Viviano

Bay Bulletin