This landing is located in the upper reaches of the Sassafras River, near the small Kent County town of Galena. Galena dates back to 1763, but at that point it was known as Downs’ Crossroads. In 1813, a mining operation set up in the town when a small amount of a type of silver known as galena was discovered there. The name of the town changed to reflect this moment in history.
Foxhole Landing is a put-in site as serene as the town of which it is a part. Because of its location near the head of the river, paddlers should try to use this site only at high tide. However, this stretch of river offers a wealth of scenery for those who wish to access it. Look out for great blue heron fishing along the shorelines, as well as kingfishers that nest in the nearby bluffs lining the river. Cattails and wild rice add some interest to the shoreline, and in the fall tickseed sunflowers bring some gold to this town of silver.
This landing is located just about two miles from the head of the Sassafras. Thus paddling upriver will result in the waterway eventually thinning to just below the town of Sassafras. Downriver, paddlers can enjoy smaller creeks to explore on both sides of the river on the way to Georgetown, which is approximately three miles from the landing.
Check tide charts before launching at this location, as it is easy to get stuck at the peak of low tide.
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Launch site address: End of Fox Hole Road, Galena, MD 21635
Nearest hospitals: UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown (100 Brown St, Chestertown, MD 21620; 410-778-3300) and Chester River Hospital Center (6602 Church Hill Rd #300, Chestertown, MD 21620; 410-778-3300).
There is some limited side of the road gravel parking at this site. There is parking for less than 10 vehicles.
There is no public restroom at this site.
This site has a sand/dirt surface from which to launch small vessels by hand.
There are no camping amenities at this site.
The town of Galena was founded in 1763 as Downs' Cross Roads. It had been named for local tavern owner William Downs. From there it became known as Georgetown Cross Roads, an identity that was more linked to the neighboring community of Georgetown than to the town itself. Eventually, Galena earned its current name from the alleged discovery of silver deposits of the same name. Whether or not silver exists in the area is debated, but the name has stuck since.