A return to the Cross Island Trail, but a different experience

I enjoyed running on the Cross Island Trail in Kent Island on Dec. 26. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
I enjoyed running on the Cross Island Trail in Kent Island on Dec. 26. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

I ran on Kent Island’s Cross Island Trail for the first time earlier this year, and I had a great experience. So, when I had some free time and was already returning from a trip across the Bay Bridge on Dec. 26, I decided I’d stop there to run again.

Like last time, I parked at Old Love Point Park in Stevensville, Maryland. Even though I really enjoyed the run I did before, I decided to see the rest of the trail and run the opposite direction.

I captured this unique view from what I believe was a duck blind at the Terrapin Nature Area. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
I captured this unique view from what I believe was a duck blind at the Terrapin Nature Park. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

So, I went the opposite way than I’d gone last time, and ended up going through the Kent Island High School campus on the trail — school on one side, athletic fields on the other.

After somewhere around a mile-and-a-half, I got to Terrapin Nature Park. I decided to explore the trails there, and saw there were other people there enjoying the trails, too. I first took a woodsy trail, parts of which were very muddy. This felt a little too remote, so I turned around and was able to find a map of some trails. I wanted to get to the beach, so I followed the paths that would lead me there. I enjoyed the unique view of the Bay Bridge once I arrived at the beach.

Here's a view of the Bay Bridge — formally known as the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bay Bridge — from the beach at the Terrapin Nature Area. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
Here’s a view of the Bay Bridge — formally known as the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bay Bridge — from the beach at the Terrapin Nature Park. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

My total run was five miles, and it was fun to see a new part of the Cross Island Trail and also explore new scenery in the Terrapin Nature Area. The Cross Island Trail is paved; the other trails are not.

It’s a nice stop to make, and it’s convenient, too, if you have enough time to run: It’s only a few minutes off Route 50.

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