Planning a Visit

Great news! Trails and viewing areas at Pickering Creek are open.
Our trails are open from 7am-7pm
Waterproof footwear is advised on the wetland trail as standing water is likely.

We need your help to make sure we are able can stay open! 

Please follow our guidelines below to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Before you Visit

  • Trail maps available in unstaffed welcome building.
  • All buildings and facilities are closed (including restrooms).
  • Dogs are currently not permitted. Wildlife has taken terrific advantage of nesting, feeding and resting at Pickering this spring in the absence of humans and canines.
  • Bikes are not permitted on trails.
  • Please carry out anything you bring in.
  • Print or download a trail map at home.
  • Pack a mask/face covering and hand sanitizer.


Upon Arriving

  • If the parking lot is full, please come back another time.
  • Park only in designated areas; do not park on the road, in fields not designated for parking. Please do not congregate in the parking lot.
  • Wear or bring your mask with you; wear it if you see other visitors nearby.
  • Do not gather in groups of people outside of your household.
  • Keep at least 6 feet apart from staff and other visitors.
  • Avoid high-touch surfaces such as benches, picnic tables.


On the Trails

  • Wear a mask if there are other visitors nearby.
  • Be sure to stay at least 6 feet apart from others.
  • Step aside to allow others to pass.
  • One solo hiker or family group on viewing platforms at a time.

Thank you for caring for our sanctuary as much as we do. Please stay safe and healthy!

Brochure & Map
Winter Wetland Trail Guide
Bird Checklist

Site Features:

  • More than four miles of walking trails
  • Bird viewing blinds and platforms
  • Freshwater pond
  • 120-acres restored non-tidal wetland
  • 100 acres of hardwood forest
  • Successional scrub/shrub habitat
  • Herb garden maintained by the Chesapeake Bay Herb Society
  • Water access for individuals launching Canoes or Kayaks

How you can help, right now