Sandy Bay beaches, a bit of forest, and a serene pond, Beverly Triton Nature Park has it all in one spot with hikes that are suitable for families of all ages.
Update: March 2023
Upgrades to Beverly Triton are underway and expected to completed by the end of April 2023. A new playground, bathrooms and a rinse station are among the new additions. Most of the paths in the park are open, but beach access is limited. Once the park reopens there will be a $6/car admission fee.
Fair warning, other than port-a-potties near the parking area, there are no facilities. But dogs on a leash are welcome and kids are free to run, and run and run, and maybe stop and explore a bit.
This park is rarely crowded. In fact, there have been many times when I’ve been there and seen fewer than ten other people. Bring your own water and snacks. A towel is probably a good idea too.
Take a look at the big map posted just inside the fence so that you can get your bearings before you head out. If you like walking on the beach head to the left on the gravel road. You’ll see the beach, though there are no lifeguards and no swimming is allowed. Wet feet are certainly encouraged.
Keep walking down the beach and depending on the time of the year, you might see horseshoe crabs, lots of nesting osprey, eagles and herons. Abandoned crab pots also litter the shore. You’ll notice driftwood, and lots of it. Toward the end of the beach trail, industrious visitors have stacked up pieces of wood to make huts and sculptures. It varies every time we visit and kids love to add to the arrays.
From here you can walk back through the woods on a fairly level path (definitely stroller ready) to the parking lot, about .75 miles. Or turn left onto the Pond Trail which meanders for almost 2 miles around the aptly named Deep Pond. The woods are beautiful and host to all sorts of birds and critters. This trail is NOT stroller friendly, but lots of fun for kids as they hop over logs and balance across narrow wooden bridges put down over marshy areas. The Pond Trail loops around and hooks back onto the Heritage Trail and then it’s a short walk back to the parking lot.
Combining a stroll down the beach and around Deep Pond is about 4.25 miles. Alternatively it’s easy to just walk down the beach and then back along the Heritage Trail for a hike that is around 1.5 miles. The driftwood on the beach makes it lots of fun for kids to imagine and build their own creations while enjoying the sun and breezes of the Chesapeake Bay.
Beverly Triton Nature Park
1202 Triton Beach Road, Edgewater, Md.