Hart-Miller Island Campground

EASY 3 reviews

Hart-Miller Island Campground is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Essex, Maryland and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

paddle sports

trail running

beach

NOTE: Accessible only by boat.

hiking
5 months ago

Hart Miller Island State Park is only accessible by boat. Hiking, biking and walking are the main activities, as of now. The island, a former dredged material containment site, is currently under development. The south cell, approximately 1/3 of the island, was opened in 2016 to visitors. HMI is recognized as a major bird watching destination in the Chesapeake Bay region. The trail on the south cell is mainly a flat perimeter road installed for maintenance vehicles and tour buses. It now encircles the entire south cell. It is somewhat hilly but an easy hike or bike. There is also a short pond loop trail. As of now, during the open season, DNR provides bikes to visitors for free. The #1 reason to visit HMI is the awesome and picturesque views of the Chesapeake Bay. From this elevated trail. The 360 degree vistas are breathtaking. Knowing what to expect, comfort stops, benches, interpretive signage and shade structures make for a great place to run, hike, walk or bike. I recommend sun and insect protection.

camping
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Accessible only by boat, Hart-Miller has a beach, observation tower, bathrooms and some primitive camping sites. Some weekends the place can get mobbed with boaters and party goers. No real trails of any sort.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

You have to have a boat to get there and it's an island so no trail really.