Exploring the other side of Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park

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Here’s a view from a trail at Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park — the Talbot County side. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

I blogged about running at Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park last year, but it took me nearly a year to go back and explore the other side of the park.

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Here’s a view from my favorite part of the trail. I ran on this short stretch at the end. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

The two parts of the park are separated by the Choptank River — you can’t get to one side from the other without traveling on Route 50 or going across the water.

In May, I finally made it to the side I hadn’t been to — the Talbot County side. This side includes trails (see map here).

After running the Tacky Prom 5K last month, I drove to Cambridge to pick up copies of The Star-Democrat because my friends and I had made it onto the front page. I figured while there, I would do an run with some different scenery.

It was fun to explore a new area. Some trails were grassy and the grass did seem to be a little tall, so I’m not sure if I should have worried about ticks, but I did not find any on myself. It did feel a little remote, but I didn’t come across anything creepy. I did see two bunnies (or maybe the same one if it got to the other spot quickly).

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Here’s what the grassy part of the trails looked like. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

After some running on the trails, I ran up and back on the old bridge/fishing pier, which if I’m remembering correctly was nearly a mile each way.

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Here’s a view from the fishing pier at Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park — the Talbot County side.

When I was on the fishing pier coming back toward the park, I saw what became my favorite part of the trail, which was right by the water.

My total run that day was 3.5 miles. I’m glad I explored the new spot that I drive by so often on Route 50!

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