Chincoteague Island to Snow Hill Day Trip
Begin your Chincoteague Island to Snow Hill day trip by heading west 10.5 miles on VA-175 and then north on US-13 for 6.5 miles before going northeast on US-113 9.5 miles through the Pocomoke State Forest and Pocomoke River State Park. Turn right at market Street/MD-394 for 2.8 miles into Snow Hill. The trip should take about 55 minutes.
Snow Hill History and Attractions:
Snow Hill has served as the seat of Maryland's Worcester County for more than three centuries. Named for a district of London and chartered in 1686, Snow Hill was originally a Pocomoke River trading post. By 1742, however, it had become the seat of newly-established Worcester County.
By the late 19th century Snow Hill was the home of prosperous sea captains, bankers, farmers, and merchants, many of whom built homes along stately sycamore-shaded Federal Avenue. Any Chincoteague to Snow Hill day trip should include a self-guided tour of the more than one hundred historical homes in the residential district. Pick up a Walking Tour Map at the Worcester County Tourism Office and see why the painstaking restoration of many of these homes has earned Snow Hill a reputation as one of Maryland's most authentically historic towns.
Chanceford Hall, a Federal Street Home on the National Register of Historic Places, was constructed by the family of Revolutionary Wear financier Robert Morris, has been modernized as a bed and breakfast while still maintaining its elegant Greek Revival proportions and Federal detailing, including ten working fireplaces.
Follow up your walking tour with lunch at The Palette on Green Street. Enjoy one of seven daily entrees or a vegetarian dish prepared from locally grown organic vegetables. For a more casual meal, if the weather permits, head for Take 2 Scoops and pick up some sandwiches for a picnic by the riverfront at Byrd Park off market Street. Kids will love the playground!
Enjoy the spell of the river by renting a canoe or kayak launched directly from the Pocomoke River Kayak and Canoe Company store at the Route 12 drawbridge. If you're with a really large crowd, hire Tillie the Tug for a trip downriver to Shad Landing in the Pocomoke River State Park. The Pocomoke River runs slow and deep, just like the currents of life on this part of the Delmarva Peninsula.
Shad Landing offers a nature center complete with programs by rangers who share their understanding of the local flora and fauna with all interested ears. It's also a great place for camping, hiking, biking, boating, and fishing when you have time for a longer stay. Snow Hill also has the Nassawango Country Club and 18-hole championship course.
When you've had enough of Nature on your Chincoteague Island to Snow Hill day trip, turn your attention to any of Snow Hill's six art galleries displaying work by several regional artists, or travel back to Snow Hill's 19th century iron smelting days with a visit to the Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum or the Julia A. Purnell Museum with its exhibits of everyday 18th and 19th century life in Worcester County.
Snow Hill has so much to offer visitors that you're sure to return from your Chincoteague Island to Snow Hill day trip planning a repeat trip!