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Turner's Creek Landing in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Turner's Creek

The Sassafras River Water Trail

 
 
Turner's Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, April 6, 2013
1. Turner's Creek Marker
Inscription.  From the headwaters near the Route 301 Bridge to the river's mouth between Grove Point and Howell Point, the Sassafras River Water Trail winds past forested shorelines, bucolic farms, and high sandy cliffs for 18 miles before reaching its confluence with the Chesapeake Bay. The Sassafras River Water Trail follows parts of the routes of both the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Tail and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, managed by the National Park Service. It is also part of a system of water trails in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network.

Turner's Creek Landing
Turner's Creek Landing is the premiere access point for the lower Sassafras River. This is an excellent location to launch canoes, kayaks, and power boats. Historically, Turner's Creek was the site of a small community that featured a granary and several modest homes. In the summer the creek is dominated by the regionally endangered American lotus, whose 8" flowers are the largest in North America.

Suggested Routes For Paddlers
Lloyd Creek:
Heading downriver from Turner's Creek brings paddlers
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past high forested bluffs frequented by bald eagles, ospreys, and blue heron. The mouth of Lloyd Creek is three miles distant, and the creek itself is pristine and worth exploring. Those with a shuttle can continue for 2 miles to the landing at Betterton or return to Turner's Creek for a 6-mile round trip.

Turner's Creek: The main branch of Turner's Creek extends inland for over one mile and contains several bald eagle nests and a blue heron rookery. From mid-June through October, the creek is overgrown with American lotus and some sections become non-navigable. The lotus' peak bloom occurs from mid-July through mid-August.

Paddling & Boating Safety
Safety should be your primary concern on the water - always remember to:
- Wear a USCG approved life jacket and follow all regulations.
- Leave your travel plans with a friend / loved one.
- Check the weather and tides before you leave.

Protecting the Sassafras River

When enjoying the Sassafras River please dispose of all trash in proper receptacles, respect private property and the privacy of others, and leave the natural environment as you found it. For more information about protecting the Sassafras River contact the Sassafras River Association or visit:
www.sassafrasriver.org
to learn more about the Sassafras River
American lotus flowers bloom along the Sassafras image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, April 6, 2013
2. American lotus flowers bloom along the Sassafras
Water Trail visit www.srwt.org

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural ResourcesWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 39° 21.452′ N, 75° 58.97′ W. Marker is in Turner's Creek Landing, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker is on Turners Creek Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is at the end of Turners Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kennedyville MD 21645, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Waterfront Hub for Trade (here, next to this marker); Reluctant Aide (within shouting distance of this marker); Agricultural Demonstration Area / Historic Tree Grove (approx. 0.2 miles away); Natural Diversity at Turner's Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Home with a Rich Past (approx. ¼ mile away); Captain John Smith on the Sassafras River (approx. ¼ mile away); The Tockwogh and the Bay (approx. ¼ mile away); Welcome to the Kent Museum (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Turner's Creek Landing.
 
A waterman empties his pound net on the lower Sassafras River image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, April 6, 2013
3. A waterman empties his pound net on the lower Sassafras River
Mount Harmon Plantation - across the Sassafras from Turner's Creek image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, April 6, 2013
4. Mount Harmon Plantation - across the Sassafras from Turner's Creek
A muskrat lodge on Turner's Creek image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, April 6, 2013
5. A muskrat lodge on Turner's Creek
Turner's Creek Landing image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, April 6, 2013
6. Turner's Creek Landing
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 691 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 10, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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