Pemberton Historical Park

Pemberton Historical Park

Pemberton Park is located on Pemberton Drive on the west side of Salisbury, Maryland, just a short distance from Route 50. The park's 262 acres offers the opportunity to hike 4.5 miles of Maryland nature trails, appreciate the beauty of nature and participate in environmental education, historical interpretation or special event activities. Informational brochures are available in the contact building near the parking lot. Brochures include trail guides illustrating various environmental features, bird and plant brochures and special event listings. Information is also available regarding "Friends of Pemberton" membership.

While hiking the trails, you will encounter ecosystems and their natural complement of plants and animals that are specific to many different regions of the Eastern Shore. It is rare to find any other place on the Eastern Shore where tidal and fresh water wetlands, fresh water ponds, upland pines, hardwood forests and meadows can all be studied within the same site. This unique feature, when coupled with the historical aspects of Pemberton Park, makes it especially attractive for school studies or a casual hike.

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The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. The Welcome Center is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)


There is no entrance fee.


Pemberton Historical Park is comprised of 262 acres of forest, field and wetland habitats in Wicomico County, Maryland. Pemberton Historical Park boasts 4.5 miles of Maryland nature trails that lead visitors through a variety of surroundings. Hikers will encounter ecosystems and their natural complement of plants and animals indigenous to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Take a moment to look out over large expanses of tidal wetlands and the Wicomico River at one of the many overlooks or walk through a meadow with the types of wildflowers that sprinkled the grounds when Isaac Handy called Pemberton Plantation home.


Pemberton Historical Park is home to Pemberton Hall.  Once a thriving plantation, Pemberton Hall was built on the Wicomico River near Salisbury in 1741 by Isaac Handy, one of the city's founders. It is an outstanding example of 18th century Eastern Shore regional architecture. The gambrel-roofed brick structure is the only original 18th century house open to the public on the lower Eastern Shore.


Last updated: July 06, 2022
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