The Eastern Shore - North

(Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline counties)


The northern part of Maryland’s Eastern Shore is characterized by the variety of its geography. The landscape is predominately rural with expanses of agricultural and forest lands. There are hundreds of tidal streams, creeks and rivers which all flow to the Chesapeake Bay. The shoreline along the northern Eastern Shore counties is varied and visitors can see steep cliffs and high bluffs give way to streamside forests, wetlands and marsh areas or low lying sandy beaches in most areas. This region features the most shoreline and points of public waterway access sites, of any region in the state thanks to the hundreds of coves, bays, rivers and islands that are found here.


  • Tilghman Island and Bay Hundred Water Trails
    Cover of Tilghman Island Water Trails map (Talbot County)

    This guide was developed through a partnership between Maryland DNR and Talbot County. Designed for field use, the guide is printed on waterproof paper, and has maps which detail five water trails in the area. The various trails provide a wide variety of paddling experiences with options for all levels of expertise. Also included is information on the fees and regulations required to access the county’s public landings and boat ramps, GPS locations, and amenities at each access point. Trails depicted in the guide range in length from 1 to 5.2 miles and include routes on the open waters of the Chesapeake and Eastern Bays, Miles River and several creeks. This map/guide is available through the Talbot County Office of Tourism, at 11 South Harrison Street Easton, MD, by calling 410-770-8000, or visiting www.tourtalbot.org. It is also available from the DNR Outdoor Store at http://shopdnr.com/trailguides.aspx.

  • Kent Island Water TrailsCover of Kent Island Water Trails map
    (Queen Anne’s County)

    Kent Island Water Trails in Queen Anne’s County was developed through a partnership between Maryland DNR and Queen Anne’s County. This guide was designed for field use, is printed on waterproof paper, and details six different water trails in the Kent Island area. The guide, originally printed in 2010 has been updated and reprinted in 2014.The trails provide a wide variety of paddling experiences so there are options for all levels of expertise. Also included is information on the fees and regulations required to access the county’s public landings and boat ramps, GPS locations, and amenities at each access points. This map/guide is available through the Queen Anne’s County Department of Parks at 1945 4-H Park Road, Centerville, Maryland. It is also available through the DNR Outdoor Store at http://shopdnr.com/trailguides.aspx.

  • Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center Water Trails
    Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center water trail map cover (Queen Anne’s County)

    The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting stewardship and environmental education of the Chesapeake Bay. This map and guide was produce in partnership with Maryland DNR in 2007. The waterproof / tear-proof guide highlights three separate water trails which range from 1 mile to 2.8 miles along Marshy Creek, Prospect Bay, and Cabin Creek. CBEC features extensive marsh and woodland habitat and is a great place for wildlife enthusiasts to view a variety of wildlife. This water trail map is available at the CBEC visitor center, by calling 410-827-6694 or visiting www.bayrestoration.org.

  • Eastern Neck Island Water Trail
    (Kent County)

    Cover of Eastern Neck Island Water Trail
    Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is located at the confluence of the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. This 2,285-acre island refuge is a major feeding and resting place for migrating and wintering waterfowl. A 10-mile long, water trail starts at Bogle’s Wharf and circles the entire Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge and connects scenic, historic and wetland restoration sites located around the island. The trail consists of seven points of interest including island loss, wetland restoration, historical locations, submerged aquatic vegetation beds, key wildlife viewing areas, hiking trails, and other recreation sites which contain interpretive wayside signs easily accessed and viewed by paddlers. All of the stopping points along with navigational markers and other useful information are displayed in a waterproof, tear proof, floating map and guide which is available at the Friends of Eastern Neck Bookstore located at the Visitor Center. While the trail may appear simple, it includes long stretches of open, tidal water along the Chesapeake Bay and Chester River which is greatly influenced by wind, weather, currents, and tidal changes. Paddlers should use caution and adhere to safety recommendations. For more information call 410-639-7056 or visit www.fws.gov/northeast/easternneck/

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