Marshy Point Park features over eight miles of hiking trails, two self-guided nature trails, a canoe launch and pier, a wildlife observation platform, and a butterfly garden.
The trail map (updated March 2017) is viewable online, and copies are available at the Nature Center.
Visitors are encouraged to start their visit at the Nature Center—staff members are on hand from 9 am to 5 pm to provide an introduction to the park and answer questions.
The trails of Marshy Point wind through the flat coastal plain forest and adjacent wetlands, providing opportunities to observe wildlife and enjoy a number of scenic views of Dundee and Saltpeter Creeks.
Katie and Wil’s Trail is a paved accessible trail that begins at the Nature Center and extends past the park’s wetland restoration area to Brinkman’s Road. Dedicated in memory of Katie and Wil Brady, this trail is blazed orange and includes excellent views from an observation platform and bridge over Minnow Branch Creek. [0.6 miles]
The Dundee-Saltpeter Self-Guided Nature Trail begins just outside the Nature Center and follows the blue- and red-blazed trails. Guide books are available at the trailhead and direct hikers to numbered points of interest along the trail. [1.4 miles]
The WhiteTail-Weiskittel-Iron Point Self-Guided Nature Trail starts near the parking lot, following the white-, green-, and red-blazed trails. Numbered posts along the trail correspond to interesting features explained in the guide book. [1.6 miles]
Marshy Point is also part of Baltimore County Nature Quest, which includes an activity booklet and hikes to trail markers at a number of different county park sites. Marshy Point has two markers—one on the Dundee-Saltpeter Trail and one only accessible by canoe. [1.5 miles]
Trails at Marshy Point are designed to a have minimum impact on the ecosystems they cross and may be flooded or muddy after rain or snow events. Visitors can inquire about trail status at the Nature Center before beginning a hike.
Park staff ask visitors to help maintain our trails by reporting downed trees and signs to the Nature Center.
Before You Arrive
It is important to dress for the weather, as trails are subject to seasonal changes:
- In the early spring, hikers may encounter flooded or muddy areas, especially along the blue and purple trails, where waterproof boots are recommended.
- During late spring and early summer, long sleeves, long pants, a hat, and insect repellant are suggested as a defense against biting flies.
- In late summer, hikers should watch for ticks and other biting insects. A hat and insect repellant are highly recommended.
- Fall is a great time to enjoy the trails and changing foliage around Marshy Point. Dress warm or in layers, as shaded trails can be cooler.
- Trails are generally passable during winter months, but are not cleared of snow. Waterproof boots, hats, and gloves are recommended.
It is a good idea to bring water or another healthy drink along for the hike, in case anyone gets thirsty. Please keep any trash and empty bottles with you—to dispose of and/or recycle at home, or using the designated containers inside or near the Nature Center.