An RV Trip through Chesapeake Country

Spring, summer, and fall seasons are your best bet for a pleasurable RV vacation on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay region. With over a thousand miles of shoreline, the Chesapeake Bay has a lot to offer. Begin in Chesapeake City, Maryland, stopping for a while to take a water tour of the canal system that surrounds the city.

You will be heading south on Maryland Highway 213, taking in all the sights as you go. You will come to the Anchorage in Easton, MD where you can see a historic home on the National Register of Historic Places. In Cecilton, you can absorb even more history in this town that was incorporated in 1864.

Take a short side trip to the Mount Harmon Plantation for colonial history. You can also take some scenic nature trails to stretch your legs and extend your view beyond the windscreen of your RV. This restored home is a treasure of Maryland, with its formal garden and tobacco house.

Fredericktown is another stop you should put on your Chesapeake Bay itinerary. Baker Park offers some pleasant recreation, everything from swimming and tennis to playgrounds for the kids and wonderful summer concerts. You have to admit, it’s time to get out into the sunshine after so much browsing the past of this area. In Georgetown you can launch a boat and try your hand at some profitable fishing. You can catch catfish or largemouth bass.

View the gorgeous dogwood trees blooming around Galena in the spring. You’ll want to capture the moments here for memory, so be sure to bring along your camera gear. If you are a hunter at heart, you’ll find Kennedyville hunting is great. You can bag some white tail deer, geese or upland game.

You’ll discover that Urieville Lake is a fishing hotspot. Here are 35 acres of prime fish habitat, with brown bullhead catfish, bluegill and more making these waters their home. After you make your trophy catch for the day, head on to Chestertown. On the banks of a lovely river, this town has a 300-year historic past. RV camping is available at Duck Neck Campground.

When you continue your journey along the Eastern Shore, you will finally come to Centreville. Stop at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Liberty Street to see this amazing church dating back to 1640. As you drive Maryland Highway 213, you will come to Highway 662 which you’ll take south, turning on 322 and finally Highway 33. This is going to take you to your final destination of Tilghman Island.

An important attraction, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum can be a surprise. Here is where Bay history comes alive. When you have children along, the interactive displays will hold their interest. Allow enough time for your tour, as many like to spend hours exploring the fascinating exhibits.

The unspoiled Tilghman Island is now ahead, and you are going to experience the truly beautiful area at your leisure. Enjoy some seafood dinners, photograph the fishermen at work in the village. Breathe that ocean air. Realize that your trip may be at an end for now, but you can work your way back the way you came and enjoy it all over again.

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RV Journey on the Historic National Road

Did you know the U.S. government started building highways way back in 1811? The National Road, meant to encourage settlement in the West, is also a great route for an RV camping vacation. Filled with historic sites, scenic vistas and friendly RV campgrounds, this route’s custom-made for RV travelers who want to know more about American history.

Today’s post covers the Historic National Road’s farthest eastern leg, through Maryland and Pennsylvania. Let’s start our journey in Baltimore, where the Bank Road was completed in 1820 to connect the National Road with the port at Baltimore. Maryland RV camping fans already know that Baltimore is filled with places of interest to the whole family, but let’s focus on area attractions along this important trade route.

  • New Market Maryland has been a trade center since the 1700s, and is now known as the antiques capital of the state. Stop by the New Market General Store, first opened in 1881 to serve westward travelers on the “National Pike” and plan time to enjoy the surrounding antiques district, too. From Baltimore, follow Rte-144 (Old National Pike) west to New Market.
  • Frederick County, Maryland just west of New Market on US-40 (part of the Historic National Road) is home to dozens of historic sites and glorious Catoctin Mountain scenery. Slow down the pace and travel north twenty minutes on the Catoctin Mountain Highway to explore 18th and 19th century history at the Utica Mills Covered Bridge and Catoctin Furnace/Cunningham Falls State Park.
  • Addison, the first National Road village in Pennsylvania, will delight history lovers with its early 19th century homes, shops and a nicely-preserved 1835 toll house. Follow US-40/Baltimore Pike west from Frederick, MD to reach historic Addison.
  • Fort Necessity Battlefield is just one of nearly two dozen historic sites along the National Road in Pennsylvania. Scene of the first battle of the French and Indian War, the battlefield park offers RV travelers 900 acres of historic interest, including an interpretive center, a fort and tavern, and plenty of interesting trails to explore.
  • Ohiopyle State Park beckons travelers ready to relax in the great outdoors. A twenty-thousand-acre Pennsylvania wonderland, this state park on the National Road is home to stunningly beautiful Youghiogheny River Gorge, a favorite with whitewater rafters. Plan time to explore the Ferncliff Peninsula, where the variety of wildlife and plant species will keep your cameras clicking.
  • Laurel Caverns, Pennsylvania’s longest cave, will delight the entire family with cave tours, “kavernputt” mini-golf and excellent views from atop Chestnut Ridge. You’ll find this popular attraction just south of the National Road near Uniontown. A bonus site near Uniontown-Hopwood, PA, where historic homes and taverns give a feel for how life would have been lived when the National Road first opened.

Our sample here doesn’t scratch the surface of the attractions to be found while RV camping along the Historic National Road in Maryland and Pennsylvania. With a little planning, your own RV trip along the road that opened the West will become part of your family’s treasured history.

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Traveling the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway by RV

Maryland’s Eastern Shore, on the Delmarva Peninsula between Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay, is a world apart from the busy streets of DC and Baltimore. Indulge yourself in this region’s rich beauty with an RV trip along the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway. Here are just a few of the places you’ll want to visit as you travel this picturesque route.

Chesapeake Country RV Itinerary
Start your journey in Chesapeake City, Maryland, two hours from Sterling, VA and just an hour ’round the Bay from Baltimore. Save time to visit the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Museum to learn how this fourteen-mile waterway between the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay transformed the entire region. You’ll also want to visit South Chesapeake City, where vintage homes and charming waterfront shops line the streets.

Then it’s across the Chesapeake City Bridge on MD Hwy 213. You’ll travel south through rolling hills and farmland to the village of Cayots, MD and then on to the Bohemia River Bridge at Hack Point. If you’re hoping to canoe or kayak on your trip, the marina here is a good place to put in.

When you’re ready to move on, swing southeast on the Byway (MD 213) to Cecilton, where gorgeous manor homes dot the countryside and the rich Eastern Shore farmland provides wonderful scenery. Traveling south, your route will take you across the Sassafras River to the historic town of Galena, MD. Once the site of a silver mine, this 18th century village will charm RV travelers with tree-lined streets and historic structures.

You’ll swing back east at Galena on the Byway. Feel free to slow down and enjoy the beauty and history of rural Maryland by following the Kennedyville Road north to the Kent County Museum. When you return to the Byway and head south you’ll soon encounter Chestertown, where Duck Neck Campground, on the shores of the Chester River, offers the chance to go crabbing, swimming, or hiking, as well as sleep in RV comfort. And that’s not all Chestertown has to offer! A colonial village filled with plenty of activities for every interest, you’ll want to spend at least a day here.

Now it’s time to make a choice! Go east on the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway to Church Hill, home to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, built in 1732. Or you can follow the left leg of the byway (MD-20) to Chesapeake Bay at Rock Hall. Here are the highlights of the eastern route:

  • Centreville, MD – fascinating 18th century town with one of the oldest courthouses still in use in Maryland.
  • Queenstown, MD on Chesapeake Bay boasts the original Queen Anne’s County Courthouse, built in 1708. Stroll the streets to absorb the Revolutionary War history that’s abundant in Queenstown.
  • Then it’s across the Kent Narrows to Stevensville on Kent Island. Take the walking tour through historic Stevensville, charter a boat and enjoy a day on the Bay or simply unwind by enjoying the lively island setting. And did we mention that Maryland’s Bay Bridge leads from Kent Island back across the Bay, for those of you traveling back to Baltimore?

Decide to take the west loop of the Byway first? Here’s what you’ll encounter:

  • Chesapeake Farms, owned by the DuPont Corporation, studies the best practices in ecologically sound agriculture and wildlife management. Located south of Chestertown off Hwy 20, the self-guided tour will educate your entire group.
  • Caulk’s Field Monument west of Chestertown commemorates the battle fought in 1814 between British and American forces.
  • Old St. Paul’s – Kent – Stop and stroll this eighteenth century church’s magnificent twenty-acre churchyard. Located seven miles west of Chestertown.
  • Rock Hall, a bustling town on Chesapeake Bay, has museums, historic sites, a marina and a beach to keep RV travelers busy.
  • Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge – Cross the bridge six miles south of Rock Hall to enter an amazing island dedicated to preserving marine and animal life. Boardwalks, hiking trails and the Eastern Neck Water Trail for paddlers lead through tidal marshlands, forests and along the Bay.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore, as seen on the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway, promises RV campers a unique taste of the Old Line State. Traveling in RV comfort makes this Byway a best bet for our RV camping readers.

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Scenic RV Road Trips – Delmarva Peninsula

We live in one big, beautiful country, and one of the best ways to see it is along its famous scenic drives. One of the most spectacular of those routes can be found on a rugged peninsula shared by three Eastern states. Delmarva Peninsula, made up of land belonging to Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, is a visual feast for RV travelers.

Sitting between Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, it’s not hard to find drives with beautiful ocean views on Delmarva Peninsula. A popular route is along the Coastal Highway (Delaware State Rd 1) from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware to Ocean City, Maryland. Not only will you see some of the prettiest beaches on the East Coast, you’ll also get to experience the beauty of Delaware Seashore State Park, a family-friendly coastal paradise.

Once you’re ready to move on, continue south on Coastal Highway through pristine beach resort towns like Bethany Beach and South Bethany. You’ll have abundant opportunities to view wildlife and an amazing variety of birds along the way, as well as unforgettable views of the Atlantic. The drive south toward Ocean City will take you along the eastern edge of Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area, so why not plan to spend time exploring there, as well as on Fenwick Island?

From there, it’s a straight shot south along Isle of Wight Bay to Ocean City, MD, a full-fledged resort and casino city. Anyone with a yen to try the tables will find plenty to do at the southern end of this scenic drive!

But that’s not the only awesomely scenic roadway on the Peninsula. You can also enter it from the south from Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT), a picturesque adventure in itself. A note here: there is a toll charged for CBBT passage, so be sure to add that to your travel budget.

Once you’ve reached land at the end of the CBBT, you’ll find yourself on Fisherman’s Island National Wildlife Refuge. Take time to get to know this Eastern Virginia bird, butterfly and wildlife migratory stop before heading north across Fisherman’s Inlet on Hwy 13. You’ll skirt the Atlantic Coastline before curving back east at Kiptopeke State Park, If you’re ready to stop for the night at this point, take advantage of the comfortable RV campground at this Park.

You can continue north the entire length of the Peninsula on Hwy 13 if you’d like, taking side trips to picturesque port towns like Cape Charles, Virginia and exploring the salt marshes and inlets like Longs Pond and Cherrystone. Jog over to Hwy 50 north of Salisbury, MD for views of the Eastern Bay all the way across the bridge to Annapolis.

Delmarva Peninsula should be on every RV camper’s dream vacation list. To make it easy to add it to yours, we’ve gathered the names of RV campgrounds located right on the Peninsula. Be sure to let us know about your Delmarva Peninsula scenic drive adventures!

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