9 Top Things to Do This Fall on Maryland’s Beaches
Worcester County, Maryland, is a haven for nature enthusiasts and is home to beautiful beaches, wineries, protected state parks and rivers. Once the leaves begin to change into brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow, visitors can explore the area or attend many fall festivals while admiring the beautiful autumn atmosphere. From canoeing down the Pocomoke River, to watching a yellow-throated warbler, to dancing along to country music, here are some the top things to do in the fall in Worcester County along Maryland’s beaches.
Bring along your bike and head out to Snow Hill to see breathtaking giant sycamore trees and a self-guided tour throughout the historic district. Bikers will see charming architecture along the Pocomoke River and can stop by the Harvest Moon Tavern for a light meal and refreshing drink. Follow this popular trail guide of the Pocomoke River State Forest and Park. Another great way to explore the historic architecture of Worcester County is by going to Pocomoke City, where history dates back to the 1600s. Bikers can ride through the charming downtown to get a better view of this small but stately town. For nature lovers, a stop at Pocomoke River State Forest Park to ride along the scenic river and catch a glimpse of deer, eagles, otters, muskrats and many other creatures is a must. Finally, a cycle stop in Berlin is ideal for dining and shopping. The town’s main street is a great place to pick up a small antique or souvenir in the place that Budget Travel named America’s coolest small town.
Visitors to Worcester County who want to experience nature by the water can easily rent a canoe or kayak at many inland areas in the county. Corker’s Creek Black Water Canoe Trail is a 1.5-mile long river trail ideal for amateur paddlers. A fun idea is to pick up the trail’s brochure guide for identifying various flora and fauna. For a longer, easier river trip, Nassawango Creek Trail is a 2.5-mile long ride along the dense cypress forest and makes an excellent fishing spot. However, seasoned paddlers that want a full day of canoeing fun can pay a visit to Porter’s Crossing and Snow Hill Canoe Trail where a 5.5-mile trek awaits. The river is narrow and gives paddlers a more adventurous taste, and it’s flanked by large cypress trees where wildlife like eagles and turtles hang back. The E.A. Vaughn Kayak Trail stretches out for six miles in Chincoteague Bay, and works for both experienced and inexperienced paddlers. For a scenic kayak trip, take the Sinepuxent Bay Water Trail for 2-mile long path within the salt marshes of Assateague Island.
3. Bird Watching
Worcester County is proud to be home to more than 350 species of birds, including pelicans, eagles and yellow-throated warblers. Bring a pair of binoculars when visiting Worcester County and stop along the road to see droves of migratory birds during autumn. Beachside areas like Assateague Island are ideal places to spot gulls, terns and other shore birds The Pocomoke riverbanks are one of the most scenic areas to view prothonotary warblers resting on a tree branch in an autumn-colored forest.
4. Surf Fishing
Head over to the shores of Ocean City or Assateague Island to try surf fishing, which is the general term to describe standing along the shoreline and wading in the surf while casting a fishing line. The Atlantic Ocean along Worcester County is known for having an abundance of delicacies like kingfish, red drum, flounder and bluefish. There are hundreds of locations along the county’s 37-mile coast to try. Check out Worcester County’s Anglers Guide for details.
5. Berlin Fiddler’s Convention
Music lovers in the area head to Berlin every September for the annual Fiddler’s Convention. Fiddles are the star instrument of the event, but banjos, mandolins and guitars are featured prominently as well. Visitors can listen to the string of musicians fiddle or strum on their instruments along to folk tunes or “Hillbilly Bluegrass.” The event takes place in the middle of the beautiful, historic downtown Berlin near its quaint cafes and shops.
6. Chesapeake Celtic Festival
Whether you have Irish or Scottish blood in you or not, the Chesapeake Celtic Festival is a fun time for everyone. Each fall, visitors browse through an on-site Celtic marketplace for leather goods and jewelry. Traditional food like shepherd’s pie and fish n’ chips are served by festival vendors. Imported beers, ciders, Scotch and Irish whisky are also offered. The festival also puts on a handful of shows and contests like sheep herding and Celtic dancing. Participants with Irish or Scottish ancestry can swing by the Clan Row to find out more about their heritage and history.
Each year, locals in Berlin celebrate Octoberfest celebration with German beer and folk music. Attendees are treated to authentic meals like pretzels, schnitzels and tasty strudels, and they’re encouraged to dress up in lederhosen or dirndls to enter the best-dressed contest to win a prize. A sidewalk sale features German souvenirs like beer mugs and jewelry.
For some fun in the early fall sun, head over to Ocean City for its annual Sunfest in late September. This four-day event brings in popular musicians like Wynonna Judd, Tony Orlando, Gin Blossoms and more. Sunfest is held at the city’s inlet next to the beach and boardwalk and guests can browse through arts, crafts and food vendors. The family-friendly activities also include activities like hayrides.
9. Delmarva’s Wine and Ale Trail
The area is proud to be home to several breweries and wineries, Sample the best craft brews and wine along Delmarva’s Wine and Ale Trail. Wine lovers can check out the complete listing of wineries and breweries along the Delmarva Peninsula. In Berlin, Burley Oak Brewing Company is one of the county’s most popular breweries for guests to go on a tour and taste its varieties. Costa Ventosa, Fin City Brewing Co. and Maryland Wine Bar are also great stops along the trail. To further explore the best of the area's’ craft beers, OC Brewing Company, Assawoman Bay Brewing Company and Backshore Brewing Company offer tours and tastings.