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.