John Wilkes Booth crossed the Potomac here after fleeing Ford's Theatre. Pope's Creek is now home to three waterfront crabhouses which are the most popular in the region: Gilligan's Pier, 301-259-4514; Robertson's Crabhouse, 301-259-0545; Captain Billy's Restaurant, 301-932-4323. The sunsets alone are worth the trip.
St. Clement's Island
After a four-month winter journey across the Atlantic, in 1634 English colonists traveled up the Potomac and landed at this small island located a half mile from Colton's Point. The Potomac River Museum, managed by St. Mary's County, Maryland souvenirs, tours, pier and picnic facilities, and the Little Red Schoolhouse (c. 1820), where young students once walked up to six miles each way on unpaved roads simply to attend class. Ferries to the island, part of Maryland's state park system, are available Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Recognized as one of the most significant ecological areas in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Zekiah Swamp is the primary headwaters of the Wicomico River—one of the nine state-designated scenic rivers. Zekiah Swamp Run is a 21-mile braided stream. Zekiah Swamp Natural Environment Area is located at the stream's confluence with the Wicomico River, where Maryland DNR owns about 450 acres and has authority to purchase up to 5,000 acres. A dirt road departing Allen's Fresh Road at mile 23.2 leads through the swamp and woods to the Wicomico. The swamp is not managed for recreation, so there is not a developed trail system. But both a stroll down the dirt road and the route through the area are memorable.
Chapel Point State Park
Chapel Point State Park, an undeveloped 600-acre multi-use park, is located on the Port Tobacco River, a tributary of the Potomac. There is a waterfront area that offers excellent fishing and a launch area for canoes and kayaks, as well as a paddle-in campsite (permit required). Hikers and campers can encounter quail, white-tailed deer, wild turkey and waterfowl. There is not a developed trail system, but certainly the opportunity for one. Chapel Point is open to hunting in season, and has a small handicap hunting area. Also within park boundaries is historic St. Ignatius Chapel. The view from the grounds of the chapel alone is worth a walk from Washington, D.C.