Jane's Island State Park

Eastern Chesapeake Shore, Maryland

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  • The park marina, where boats can be rented.- Jane's Island State Park
  • A boat docked at the marina.- Jane's Island State Park
  • Loading up a boat after a day on the water.- Jane's Island State Park
  • Kayaking the Yellow Trail to the beachfront.- Jane's Island State Park
  • Beached kayaks and canoes at Jane's Island State Park.- Jane's Island State Park
  • Abandoned crab pots.- Jane's Island State Park
  • A view of the beach.- Jane's Island State Park
  • Walking along the beach.- Jane's Island State Park
  • One of many dead trees emerging from the sandy shores.- Jane's Island State Park
  • A view of the beach.- Jane's Island State Park
  • A view of the marshes that make up the majority of the island.- Jane's Island State Park
  • A view of the beach and trees in the sand.- Jane's Island State Park
  • Waterlogged trees in the sand.- Jane's Island State Park
  • A view of the beach.- Jane's Island State Park
  • People and their pets play in the surf.- Jane's Island State Park
  • A family relaxes in the shade of their umbrella.- Jane's Island State Park
  • Kayakers landing on the island.- Jane's Island State Park
  • A kayaker prepares for the trip back.- Jane's Island State Park
  • A crab trap, one of many in the area.- Jane's Island State Park
  • Kayaking back to the marina.- Jane's Island State Park
  • A family crabbing in their canoe.- Jane's Island State Park
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Pros: 
Miles of water trails. Relatively empty beach.
Cons: 
Beach only accessible by watercraft.
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Region:
Eastern Chesapeake Shore, MD
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Jane's Island State Park is located on the western bank of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and is an amazing example of the ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding areas with over 2,900 acres of salt marsh. Some of its many highlights include over 30 miles of water trails, boat rentals, isolated beaches, fishing, and crabbing.

The beaches of Jane's Island allow unfettered access to the Tangier Sound, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The beach, however, is only accessible via boat/canoe/kayak. Kayaks and canoes may be rented (from April to October) at the park office for $10 per hour, or you can bring your own and launch it from the marina.

The shortest water trail to reach the beach is the 1.27-mile Yellow Trail, which is about a 40-minute paddle one way. Once you've reached the beach and secured your kayak, the first thing you'll notice is how open it is, as it seems to stretch forever in either direction. The second-most notable features are the water-logged trees dotting the shore, half buried in the sand, making it a unique backdrop for a day on the beach.

Fishing and crabbing are also very popular activities at this park due to the miles of marshes and easy water access. There are many places to fish or crab from, including various docks on the island, the marina, or via a boat/kayak/canoe. A Chesapeake Bay Fishing License is required.

Jane's Island State Park also contains a campground. Backcountry camping is available with a permit.

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