Home to romping Assateague wild horses, pristine beaches and mouth-watering seafood menus, it's no wonder why so many out-of-towners flock to Worcester County annually. Snow Hill, just a short drive from the beach, is a charming riverfront town with a population of only 2,100 residents and rich with historic architecture.
The convenient location by the Pocomoke River makes the town ideal for history buffs and nature lovers to spend their weekend vacation. From kayaking on the river, to going on a historic walking tour, to staying overnight at an historic bed and breakfast, here is your guide to the best things to do and places to visit in Snow Hill, Maryland.
What to Do:
Why explore by foot when you can do it by water
? Head over to Pocomoke River Canoe Company
, where its bright red, Colonial style building is hard to miss. From there, you can rent kayaks and canoes to explore the famous 66-mile long Pocomoke River. The area is known for its wealth of wildlife, including a wide variety of birds such as wild turkeys, ducks, owls and cuckoos (a birding list
can be downloaded before your trip). Visitors will enjoy the lush trees and marshlands as they paddle around the area. Float by picturesque towns with historic architecture, bald cypress and fields of flowers (depending on the season), before delving deep into the wilderness. CanoeKayak.com
ranked Snow Hill as one of the best paddling towns, praising its small-town scenery and mosquito-free water trails. For paddlers traveling with small children, tandem kayaks are available for rent.
Historic Walking Tour
Take a self-guided tour through Snow Hill's historic homes and buildings, with approximately eight churches and 52 historical homes. Walk by and you'll get a glimpse of what life looked like during the pre-Colonial days to the late 19th century. The historic architecture includes examples of Queen Anne, Victorian, Federal and Gothic Revival architectural design. Interested in adding a bit of spice to your experience?Â Reserve tickets in advance for the hair-raising Snow Hill Ghost Walk
, a 1.5-hour night tour of historic houses known for their haunted entities and spooky past.
Take a walk inside the idyllic Byrd Park
, nestled by the Pocomoke River and the largest of three parks in Snow Hill. The park is home to a large gazebo that provides an ideal spot for picnics with a nice bit of shade during hot summer days. An environmentally-friendly playground is available on-site, occupying children while parents admire the view of swaying trees and soft green grass. Several docks and a boat ramp are accessible for visitors looking to go fishing or boating
. For a truly relaxing time, take a cruise with Pocomoke River Cruises or go for a quiet canoe ride with boat rentals from Pocomoke River Canoe Company. Sturgis Park is a slightly smaller area that is popular for community events and dances.
Don't leave Snow Hill without visiting one of the prominent museums in the area, such as the Julia A. Purnell Museum
. Originally a Catholic church, visitors can spot the museum by its stained glass windows and steeple. The story goes, Julia A. Purnell was a prolific quilter and cross stitcher, and was so talented that she was inducted into the National Hobby Hall of Fame. After her death in 1943, her son received an outpouring of donations, including thousands of artifacts and collectibles which are now housed at the museum. Today, visitors can browse through 10,000 pieces, including artifacts that highlight the local history. The Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum
is another must-see venue in Snow Hill. The museum is comprised of an authentically reconstructed village, giving visitors a glimpse of life back in the 19th century. On the premise, are realistic settings of a blacksmith shop, farm, spin house, print shop, and most notablyâ€”the Nassawango Iron Furnace. Friendly staff in period attire, provide live demonstrations on the various trades.
Chalk things off your wish list as you explore downtown Snow Hill. Starting on Green Street, there are various galleries displaying works from talented local artists (think unique gifts for friends back home). Many of the galleries, including Bishop's Stock
and Nancy Ellen Thompson Studio, specialize in landscape paintings and much of the artwork reflects the tranquil views of Worcester County and the Pocomoke River. Antique collectors will jump at the chance to scavenge for vintage goods at Antiques by the River, while home chefs will enjoy looking for homemade ingredients at The Corner Shoppe. While you're browsing, take time to enjoy the architectural beauty of the downtown's pre-Colonial brick buildings.
Pocomoke River State Park
Get your nature fix by camping overnight at Pocomoke River State Park
, where you can rent cabins or pitch your tents at designated campsites. From the campsites, campers have convenient access to a swimming pool, bathhouse, dump stations, hiking and biking trails, and a canoe rental facility. The 15,000 acre-wide park is home to cypress swamps and towering pine trees overlooking the river. Don't be surprised to find river otters frolicking in the water and bald eagles flying occasionally overhead, as the park is a haven for local wildlife. Bring along your fishing rods and bait, and try your hand at catching over 50 species of fish that dwell in the river. By nightfall, campers can cozy up by the campfire, roast marshmallowsâ€”and on a clear night, enjoy a sky filled with stars.
Where to Eat:Harvest Moon Tavern
on Green Street is a local favorite in the downtown area, just two blocks away from the Pocomoke River. Due to the restaurant's convenient location to the water, seafood is served fresh and diners are encouraged to try the po'boy sandwiches, ahi tuna, and crab pizzas. Diners will notice the intimate atmosphere of vintage memorabilia throughout the place, including a salvaged toy tractor and Americana posters. A large, fully-stocked bar is available for diners, who want to sip on a cold one while watching their favorite sport on flat-screen TVs. For a quick lunch or a nice little coffee break, Daily Brew Coffee House, with its warm and welcoming environment, offers sandwiches, smoothies and sweet treats to go along with a great cup of coffee.
Where to Stay:
Bed & Breakfast Inns
For a grand experience, book an overnight stay at one of the three bed and breakfast inns in Snow Hill. Chanceford Hall
is a breathtaking historic mansion-turned-inn with five well-preserved rooms to choose from. The inn maintains its 19th century-style interior, giving guests a true taste of historical living in Snow Hill. River House Inn
is another great overnight escape, complete with Victorian architecture and details, located on the river and within walking distance to the downtown area. The rooms, which tend to be a bit more spacious, are perfect for large groups and traveling families. Or stay at the Cedars Bed and Breakfast
, built in 1850, with a hot tub, along with Victorian-inspired rooms and canopy beds.
A complimentary breakfast is served to guests at all three locations.