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Perryville Town Park
Description Perryville Town Park lies at the tip of Perry Point, a peninsula at the head of the Chesapeake Bay, with the Susquehanna River to the west and the waters of Mill Creek and Furnace Bays to the east.  A loop road takes visitors through the park, offering good views of the water. The park has a wooded section as well as extensive closely mown playing fields.  Fall through early spring, the park is one of the best and easiest Cecil sites in which to see waterfowl, and landbirding is good all year.  Fall brings flyovers of migrating hawks. The park has enough variety to interest novice and expert birders alike.
How to get there From the town of Perryville, take Rt. 7 west to the junction of Firestone Road, at the fire hall.  Turn south (right) onto Firestone Rd., passing over the railroad tracks and then bearing right into the well-marked community park entrance.
Map reference De Lorme MD State Atlas Book:  map page 77; grid C5
ADC Cecil County Map Book:  map page 15; grid H4 (Firestone Rd.)
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What to do after arrival Drive slowly and watch for bird activity along the first part of the entrance road, which leads over a creek and through the wooded section. Continue along the entrance road until Mill Creek Bay first comes into view on the left (east).  Pull over at the first opportunity to scan the water. Continue in a clockwise direction along the road that follows the perimeter of the park, stopping occasionally to scan the water and to examine the line of trees along the water’s edge.  At the southwest corner of the park, the perimeter road is blocked by a yellow gate that marks the boundary of the Perry Point VA Hospital.  Do not trespass on the hospital grounds.  The trees and underbrush along the water’s edge near the yellow gate are often filled with sparrows, finches and other birds in migration
Birds to look for
  • On the water, fall through spring:  geese, ducks, loons, grebes, gulls.
  • On the water, summer: Laughing Gull, terns.
  • Wooded area, fall through spring: Hermit Thrush, Brown Creeper, Cedar Waxwing, kinglets.
  • Wooded area, spring through fall: Winter Wren, Wood Thrush, vireos, warblers, flycatchers.
  • Wooded area, year-round:  wrens, White-breasted Nuthatch, assorted woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice.
  • Brushy areas, year-round:  sparrows, grosbeaks.
  • Overhead, fall:  hawks, vultures, eagles, other migrants.
Hours/Fees/Amenities Open, free of charge, during daylight hours every day of the year.  However, the roads may be closed when snow is on the ground.  Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park, and during the warm months portable toilets may be located adjacent to the playing fields. 
What to bring A spotting scope is helpful for viewing birds on the water.  Ordinary shoes are usually sufficient.  Dress warmly in the winter months.
Difficulty of walking Very easy.  No walking at all is necessary as all parts of the park are accessible by car.
Personal safety Since it is possible to stay close to the car, this park can safely be birded alone. Be vigilant, particularly near dark.  Hunting is not allowed in the park itself, although there may be hunting on private lands and open waters visible from the park.  The park shares the peninsula with the Perry Point V.A. Hospital, which includes a psychiatric facility.  The “No Trespassing” signs that mark the hospital property should be heeded.
Nearby sites
  • On the west side of the peninsula, a small parking lot at the entrance to the Perry Point V.A. Hospital offers outstanding views of the mouth of the Susquehanna and Havre de Grace.  The waters here are a favorite of canvasbacks, redheads, mergansers, and loons during the winter and terns during the summer. To reach the parking lot, follow Rt. 7 west through the town of Perryville and around a curve.  The parking lot is located at a guard house, which may or may not be staffed. Do not trespass on the Hospital grounds past the parking lot.
  • On the north side of Rt. 7 just before the entrance to Perry Point, the grounds of historic Rodgers Tavern,owned by the Town of Perryville, offer a view of a small marsh on the edge of the Susquehanna.  Park at the house and walk behind the house toward the river.  The marsh, seen from the top of a small cliff, is a possible spot for Swamp Sparrow, Marsh Wren, and Winter Wren.
  • North of Perryville, Frenchtown Road and Rt. 222 (River Road) offer views of the Susquehanna, often loaded with waterfowl fall through spring.  In the warm season, the river is good for herons and terns.
  • See also Charlestown Stone Wharf.
For more information Perryville Town Hall, 515 Broad Street, P.O. Box 773, Perryville, MD 21903, 410-642- 6066 or visit the Perryville website.
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