Beaver Marsh Trail (Orange Trail)

MODERATE 32 reviews
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Beaver Marsh Trail (Orange Trail) is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near North East, Maryland 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.

2.2 miles
173 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers




over grown

washed out

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.

4 months ago

Moderate trail, couple nice views.

6 months ago

I'd call this a easy moderate trail, scenic views of the marsh and Big Elk Creek. I wore sneakers but probably should have worn my hiking boots, I was fine without poles. Wear insect repellent, there are a lot of mosquitoes, ticks and spiders.

9 months ago

Nice hike and trail is fairly well maintained. There were two places that I paused to figure out the trail path, but the snow may have had something to do with that. Talk about snow, caution, this trail is VERY VERY slippery today due to the snow and the wet leaves. Make sure you hike on a low tide due to the beach walk.

9 months ago

We liked this trail. We went with our sons (12,15) The footing was a little rough and lots of downed trees along the trail. The only issue we had was figuring out where it ended. It was well marked up until that point. Fortunately, we ran into a couple and followed them. So if you do the trail and come to the beach, hang a right and the trail goes behind the cattails.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

VERY buggy during the summer as you are walking around a marsh. Make sure to bring plenty of bug spray and water! It was very confusing to find the end of the trail because it was not clearly marked. It essentially just ended and spat us out at a beach. I'm assuming that they want you to walk down the length of the beach to the right and climb through the marshy area over logs to head back to the starting point of the trail. During the time that we visited, this was in about 6 inches of water. We weren't sure if that was the way we were supposed to be going, but we eventually made it back to where we needed to be.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lots of downed trees requiring you to climb over them or under them on the trail. they should build a bridge to cross the water. can be tricky trying to use the logs and rocks. very fun time!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

The trails are awesome and I try to ride them every day!

Sunday, January 03, 2016

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.

Friday, March 02, 2012

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.

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