Beaver Marsh Trail (Orange Trail) is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near North East, MD that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Beaver Marsh Trail makes a full loop of the beaver marsh pond at Elk Neck State Park. This trail is also listed as the orange trail on the Elk Neck trail map. The trail offers a variety of different ecosystems and the scenery changes quickly as you go. The trail head begins in the forest and then moves down close to the pond and circles around it. The trail then opens up for a short time onto a beach along the Chesapeake Bay before entering the forest.
like others have commented, the portion where you have to cross the beach is poorly marked. it took a bit to figure out.
saw a bald eagle which was great.
Beautiful hike but certain portions not well marked/need clearing. Got a bit turned around after the beach (right at the beginning) - trail hard to see, and there was a big log across the path - but figured it out! Enjoyable with dogs and beginner hikers.
The trails are awesome and I try to ride them every day!
It was great until the end when the trail was poorly marked after a natural down slope to the water when you hang a right onto the sand. We couldn't tell as there were no markers indicating which can direction and wasted 30 minutes trying all options. Luckily two ppl were coming in for a dusk hike and redirected us.
We completed this hike on a hot summer Father's Day while camping at Elk Neck State Park. The trail offers a variety of different things to look at and the scenery changes quickly as you make the loop. We started out in a heavily forested area where we saw a large owl. As we looped around we discovered a beaver's house surrounded by all of the water paths that the beavers use to navigate the marsh. The trail exits at one point to a nice sandy beach along the Chesapeake Bay. This turned out to be a surprisingly nice fun hiking trip with the kids.