Maryland Coastal Bays

Showell Property


Visit MCBP’s Showell property off of Pitts Road in Showell, MD. This restoration site, just 7 minutes northwest of Ocean Pines, is held under an easement through the Lower Shore Land Trust. Visitors are welcomed to walk or bike around this property.

Directions: Click this link for a Google Map with directions.

Whether coming from the north or south on Route 113, turn off the highway like you are going to get onto Peerless Rd but make your immediate left onto 113 Business South, towards Pitt’s Road. Make a right onto Pitts Road. Watch for Hadder Lane. After you pass Hadder Lane on your right you will also pass a house. Turn right before your next house. You will be driving onto an unpaved, unsigned road, which runs alongside a deep ditch (drive carefully). As you approach a meadow that is up against a forest you will see yellow "POSTED" signs. As you get closer you will see a Maryland Coastal Bays Program sign at about hip level. Continue past this sign to park.

Additional Direction Tips: Hadder Lane is visible on some maps and gps but not others.  The road you will turn onto, past Hadder Lane, is .65 miles from where you turned onto Pitts Road. Before you turn onto the lane there will be a white house in front of you and on your right. The house has several livestock cages and dog kennels outside. The road may be difficult to travel for some vehicles. Drive Slowly. As you travel down this grassy lane look on your left hand side and shortly after you begin passing by a wooded lot on your left you will see pink flags and paint on trees to mark a trail. You can park on the edge of the road in this area. 


About this property:

Monitoring:
The Salisbury University Bird Club and biology students are involved in monitoring studies on this property.
 
There are two locations on the property where drain pipes connect previously closed off floodplains with agricultural ditches. In times of high water flow these ditches fill to the level of these pipes and flood the old flood plains. At this point the water can filter through the soil into the ground water, which will make it less nutrient loaded before it eventually enters the St. Martin River. The installation of one pipe is shown below.

 

 
An MCC trail day in Showell:
 
The Maryland Conservations Corps, an AmeriCorps program, has a crew stationed at Assateague State Park. They regularly help MCBP to complete on the ground projects. During the spring of 2012 the MCC cut a trail through the woods at this site for public use. The trail has received minimal maintenance since that time. The MCC or other volunteers will be helping us to clear the trail again this winter.
 
                                              
 
  
 
 
 
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