Pemberton Park is an historic park, just outside of Salisbury MD; the site of the former Pemberton Plantation, the historic house, built in 1741, still stands and is open for tours most weekends.
The park’s 262 acres offers 4.5 miles of Maryland nature trails. We spent a few hours there exploring the trail system, which all interconnect (we traveled several portions twice).
The trails, if you explore them all — easy to do in a morning of hiking — provide you the opportunity to explore unique ecosystems that bring together tidal and fresh water wetlands, fresh water ponds, upland pines, hardwood forests and meadows.
As you walk the trails of this beautiful little park, you’re literally walking on history. One of the trails follow the path of an historic road to Salisbury, now all but forgotten.
One of the trails brings you through land which once served as a pasture for the Handy’s cattle in the 18th century. Now a marsh, thanks to rising sea levels, instead of cows you’ll likely see red-wing black birds and other wetland birds.
Occasionally, you’ll see overlooks, where you can relax a moment and enjoy seeing the river or the marsh. It was at one of these overlooks that we noticed a pileated woodpecker doing its thing. We watched it for a full ten minutes before it flew away.