A loop paddle down McIntosh Run to Leonardtown Wharf Park and back to Port of Leonardtown Park is a quick but enjoyable trip through a narrow creek surrounded by forest. . The trail here meanders through a sheltering canopy of trees which is home to Bald Eagles, Baltimore Orioles, wild turkeys and other bird species. There are also beavers, muskrats, and otter that call McIntosh Creek their home. Aside from a short section parallel to Route 243, the forest remains uninterrupted on both sides which makes this paddle a good escape into nature and solitude.
A little known secret hidden along the McIntosh Run in Leonardtown is the Port of Leonardtown Public Park. This developing passive park and winery is the launch point of a nearly three mile serene canoe/ kayak trail. As you paddle along the McIntosh Run you will pass thru a 58 acre FIDS (Forest Interior Dwelling Species) Habitat. This area is home to bald eagle families, Baltimore Orioles, wild turkeys and many other bird species. As you wind through this wooded trail you will be amazed by the peaceful tranquility. The trail terminates at the beautiful, new Leonardtown Wharf Public Park. Bring a picnic lunch or stroll up to Leonardtown Square and enjoy lunch at one of our many fine restaurants.
Public launches, parking, and restrooms are located at both Port of Leonardtown and Leonardtown Wharf Park.
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We STRONGLY suggested that you review the marine forecast ahead of heading out for a paddling trip. To review the forecast for this paddle trip, visit:
MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
25500 Point Lookout Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650