5 Things You Must Do in Worcester County Before Summer Ends
Loaded with tons of outdoor activities, beaches and protected parks, Worcester County has been a popular destination for active families for decades. Here, you can pitch a tent on the beach, snag a large-mouth bass on the Pocomoke River, and observe a herd of beautiful, wild horses on a protected national seashore. Here are five things you must do during the summer in Worcester County, Maryland.
1. Visit Assateague Island.
Located on the easternmost coast of Maryland, Assateague Island is a 37-mile barrier island that spans both Maryland and Virginia. The northern two-thirds of Assateague Island National Seashore is located in Maryland and Worcester County. This is where you'll find natural beaches at their finest. Assateague Island and Assateague State Park are full of hidden coves and intriguing residents, including wild ponies that have roamed the beaches, forest and salt marsh of Assateague Island for centuries. The ponies are usually very easy to see, usually traveling the island in groups of five to 10. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Assateague Island National Seashore, and there are a number of special events scheduled throughout the year. Check the seashore's Facebook page for weekly event updates.
2. Explore the Pocomoke River and State Park.
Whether you're a novice or a seasoned angler, Pocomoke River is a fishing oasis in Maryland. With designated free fishing areas, visitors can take a shot at nabbing catfish, largemouth bass, spot croakers, bluegill, sunfish and eel, though as expected a fishing license is required. You can fish from the docks or rent a canoe or kayak and paddle down the river. Keep your eyes peeled for adorable river otters often seen during the summer. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the Pocomoke River Canoe Company. The broader Pocomoke River State Park is home to 14,753 acres of lush forests and great hiking trails. Like elsewhere in Worcester County, the park is a haven for birds of all kinds (including rare bald eagles). The park is famous for its cypress swamps and loblolly pine trees, and has several designated camping sites for tents and RVs with access to restrooms and bonfires, as well as cabins.
3. Add some adventure to your camping trip at Frontier Town.
Frontier Town is a combination campground and entertainment center just south of Ocean City in Berlin, Maryland. As you'd expect from a campground, the park offers spacious camping sites for small and large campers or tent camping. What you might not expect to find is the on-site waterpark, zip-line adventure park, Wild West shows and miniature golf. (You don't have to be a registered camper to take part in the activities; they're open to the public. There are plenty of ways to tire out young campers, but if you're looking to relax, you can always find yourself cruising the lazy river at the waterpark.
4. Go fishing.
The Pocomoke River is an excellent location to snag a fish, but Worcester County has plenty of other fishing opportunities. The area is home to various charter boat services that take families out to sea to hook some big game fish. If you're a skilled boater, rentals are also available. For freshwater fishing, the Nassawango Creek is a quiet 18-mile long tributary full of hungry bass, and saltwater fishing along the surf is very accessible and popular for visitors.
5. Attend the Worcester County Fair.
The annual Worcester County Fair is held every summer during the second week of August. With free admission, families can enjoy dozens of activities and entertainment options like livestock shows, hands-on art projects and a petting zoo. The fair also has famous fair food like corn dogs and funnel cakes.