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I've launched several trips from a Chincoteauge town launch at the end of Deep Hole Road. You have to go to the town offices to get a parking permit. I wondered if there is some neat paddling in the Chincoteague Island area. Every time I launched there I headed immediately north to camp at Popes Bay, so I don't know what's available immediately around Chincoteague. I was disappointed to not find better info in places to paddle (Virginia), but one poster gave a reference to Va. Watertrails, which you should probably check out.
In the Maryland section of place to paddle, there are some trip descriptions that describe "great scenery." I love Assateague, but once you've seen one marsh backed by sand dunes and pine, you've pretty much seen what there is to see.
The big draw at Assateague is the ponies. You can usually find them around the roads of the park begging for or stealing food from tourists. But it is far more scenic to see them out on the marshes. I suggest a day trip from Ferry Landing south to Tingles Island, where there are usually horses hanging out. You might want to paddle back into one of the guts there, too, just for the experience. Everything else at Assateague is, while to a degree different, pretty much like what you will find on this short trip of about 3 miles.
I was hoping to find a TR on the stretch between OC and Ferry Landing, but didn't. I don't know that section, so, no info to share.
The Pocomoke River is a different kind of trip. Go to Snow Hill Maryland and have the Pocomoke Canoe Company shuttle you to Whiton's Crossing, or Porter's Crossing for a shorter trip. This trip is on a narrow river that has a moderate current. It flows through a cypress swamp--one of the northernmost in the US. The water is dark tea colored due to tannins from the cypress. The folks at PCC can give you more details. Ask about deadfalls. PCC removes many, but you can expect to have to get out of the boat to get around a few. Shad Landing State Park is a nice campground if you need one, just a bit downriver from Snow Hill.
Another interesting Pocomoke trip starts near Pocomoke City, Winter Quarters Park (just east of Rt 13). Put in on the Pocomoke and paddle upriver (it's tidal here, so don't count on the direction of water flow to define upriver--go away from Rt 13. On the other side of the river is a deceiving little passage into Dividing Creek. If you find it, it goes back for miles with lots of forest and wildlife. This is an out-and-back trip so if you time the tide right, you can ride current both ways. I saw the most bald eagles I've ever seen in a single day on Dividing Creek, but I don't think you will run into that many in the summer when eagles pair up and go to isolated nests.
The Pocomoke trips have less flies, tend to be wind protected, and are well shaded, so they make a nice break from the heat, wind and bugs of Assateague.
Good luck. Put a TR in places to paddle when you come back!
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