Terrapin Beach Nature Park
&
Horsehead Wetlands Center

 
1.  Terrapin Beach Nature Park, Kent Island, MD

Heading east onto Kent Island on US 50/301, take the first exit (Exit 37) and go north on MD 18. Take the first left into Chesapeake Bay Business Park and continue to natural area.

Just north of the Bay Bridge on Kent Island is a small natural gem called Terrapin Beach Nature Park, located off MD 18, inside the Chesapeake Bay Business Park. A new 1-mile nature trail, a pond, and two observation blinds are popular with those who enjoy the outdoors. Raptors, migratory birds, and breeding waterfowl draw bird watchers and photographers. A boardwalk leads to the Bay.

2.  Horsehead Wetlands Center, Grasonville, MD

From MD 18 at Grasonville (just east of Kent Island), go south on Perry Corner Road 0.5 mile to the entrance, on the right. MD 18 runs parallel with US 301/50; the junction with Perry Corner Road is between Exits 43 and 45. 

The Wildfowl Trust of North America operates this 500-acre sanctuary.  Visitors can take paths skirting 6 waterfowl ponds, each representing a different wetland habitat. At the visitor center, a large window overlooks a pond with a variety of native waterfowl such as northern shovelers, redheads, wood ducks, and tundra swans. The ponds also attract black ducks, canvasbacks, wigeons, scaups, teal, herons, and turtles. 

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