Marshyhope Hike and Bike Trail


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Marshyhope Hike and Bike Trail Facts

States: Maryland
Counties: Caroline
Length: 2.5 miles
Trail end points: Zion United Methodist Church and Veterans Drive/ Rosser Road (VFW Boat Ramp)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Gravel
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 10375118

Marshyhope Hike and Bike Trail Description

The Marshyhope Creek is a 37-mile tributary of the Nanticoke River running from Delaware to Maryland. One of the towns it passes through is Federalsburg, Maryland, where a 2.5-mile multiuse greenway sits right on the water’s edge. The trail begins as a gravel pathway from the (now closed) VFW boat ramp on Rosser Road heading north through a natural area where one can spot wildlife and waterfowl. The Federalsburg Hometown Veterans Memorial honoring fallen service members can be found at the intersection of S Main Street and State Route 318. A series of wooden pedestrian bridges take trail users above the water as they travel. At the Federalsburg Marina Park, the trail switches to asphalt and heads up into downtown Federalsburg, providing scenic views of the creek. There are benches and trash receptacles scattered along the path.

Parking and Trail Access

To access the trail, you can park behind Union United Methodist Church (301 N Main St.) and at the Federalsburg Marina Park (S Main St.)

To reach to the southern endpoint, take SR 313 to Federalsburg, to SR 308 (Main Street), north. Continue onto Veterans Drive/ Rosser Road. The ramp is off the east side of the street.

Information and directions can also be found for free at the Federalsburg Town Hall (118 N Main St.)

Marshyhope Hike and Bike Trail Reviews

Nice route but needs maintenance

Drove over from our home in Bridgeville, DE for a short, scenic ride this morning. The trail going upstream (north) from the Marina is paved. One short section crosses over to the east bank of the creek and returns via the E. Central Ave vehicular bridge. Markings or directional signs for the continuation of the path are lacking, but we figured it out.

A short way above the return to the west bank, we encounted a section of flooded path due to the high tide but we continued on to the loop at the northern end of the path.

Returning to the marina area, we took the path downstream (south) under the MD 318 bridge. The path here is poorly maintained crushed stone and seriously overgrown. The flooding along this stretch was even worse so we weren't able to continue on to the very end.

Still the path is a nice, short ride (or walk) that offers peaceful views of the creek. We were even afforded a close encounter with a Great Blue Heron we somehow snuck up on along one of the wooden sections south of Rte 318. Hopefully, the town can find some money to put into maintaining/improving the path in the near future.

Nice for a stroll

Asphalt uneven by church parking lot, but otherwise well-maintained. Saw 2 blue heron, killdeer, and sparrows. Some activity by boat ramp, otherwise we were the only people on the path. WCs by Marina Park and at boat ramp. Drizzly day when we walked, but we will come back again.

Bridges over Dorchester County

Scenic ride by and over water. Three playgrounds along the way. Good spots to stop and fish and/or picnic.

Nice, scenic trail.

On one end (south?) the path is loose gravel and not well suited to narrow tires. Also, in a spot or two, the trail apparently floods in high tide. But, the majority of the path is dry and suitable for any tires. Beautiful scenery. Quiet trail to walk or bike.

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