Blackbird on the Transquaking River
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Haunted Paddle near Blackwater – Travel Hag Kayak Adventure

The Travel Hags will meet on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at the Drawbridge Road Crossing of the Transquaking River near Cambridge, MD. From there, outfitters from Blackwater Paddle and Peddle will launch fifteen to twenty women (and maybe a few men) in kayaks down the Transquaking River for a leisurely paddle through some of the most stunning (and haunted) landscape in Maryland. The five-mile paddle, fit for beginners and experts, will meander through marsh and forest abundant with wildlife including bald eagles, osprey, otter, turtles, herons, fox and deer.

Turtles - Blackwater

This magical landscape is also said to be haunted by spirits from Lower Dorchester’s past. The paddle finishes at DeCoursey Bridge, the well-known haunt of Big Lizz, an African slave who was beheaded by her master after she followed his instructions to bury his money in the swamp. For years, teenagers, lovers and those curious about ghosts have been driving to DeCoursey Bridge, honking and flashing headlights to call Big Lizz out of the swamp.


Transquaking River - Dorchester County
Transquaking River – near Blackwater WMA – Dorchester County


After the paddle is finished, the hags (hag = wise woman with goddess attributes) and a few of their hag men will have dinner at Old Salty’s Restaurant – also known to be haunted… and known for having one of the best crab cakes in the world. The adventure is open to anyone who wants to join in. Both beginning paddlers and experts will enjoy this trail.

These Travel Hag Adventures are led by me – Mindie Burgoyne – are a way for women to enjoy the outdoors and each others’ company while seeing some wonderful destinations. In June, the Travel Hags spent a weekend camping and kayaking at Janes Island State Park in Crisfield. In September, another camp out is scheduled for Elk Neck State Park.

Who is a travel hag? Any wise woman with goddess attributes who loves to travel.
Be a fan on the Travel Hag Facebook Page and get regular updates about adventures and travel stories and tips.

Travel Hag on the Transquaking
Travel Hag on the Transquaking



COST – $50 kayak rental (or $10 for transport of your own kayak) plus dinner at Old Salty’s.

DIRECTIONS: MD Route 50 East, Right on Austin Road, Left on Airey’s Road, continue onto Drawbridge Road, access point is on the south side of the road. Mapquest Link

All Hags are welcome.
Hagmen welcome (must know they won’t be center of attention)


  1. RSVP by clicking “Attending” on the Facebook event page or email the Travel Hag at
    Blackwater Paddle and Peddle
    410.901.9255Reserve your kayak, or notify them that you will need transport of your personal kayak and self back to the launch site. Blackwater Paddle and Peddle and let them know you will need to be transported with your kayak back to the launch point ($10 per person)Tell them you’re with the Travel Hag group for August 6th. They will provide all you need. These are excellent outfitters and good friends.
  3. LIKE the TRAVEL HAG Facebook Page to be kept in the loop about updates

These adventures are voluntary.  No profit is made by anyone other than the outfitters and restaurant.  Each hag pays her own way directly – You reserve your own kayak, pay the outfitters, and pay for your own dinner at Old Salty’s.

To get an idea of where we’ll be kayaking, check out Seakayak Chesapeake Bay’s post on the Transquaking.

We’re limited to 20 so reserve no to hold your spot.

Post questions here or on the Travel Hag Facebook page.

We recommend the the Days Inn and Suites in Cambridge owned by a local family who puts hospitality first

Bald Eagle on the Transquaking River
Bald Eagle on the Transquaking River



Hope to see you paddling with us soon.



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