79miles from bay to ocean along the Atlantic Coast on local and state roads
Places along the way
Enjoy sightseeing, small-town warmth and the Delmarva Peninsula’s famous fresh seafood along this water-laced route — and bring your gear for fishing, camping, paddling or biking while exploring scenic trails once traveled by Native Americans.
Ocean City to Berlin
Including MD 528, US 50, MD 611, MD 376 & MD 818
The dynamic family resort of Ocean City invites byway travelers to relax on a 10-mile strip of beach and enjoy nearby waterslides, amusement park rides, a wooden Victorian boardwalk, steamed crabs, ice cream and miniature golf. Also known as the “White Marlin Capital of the World,” Ocean City is a year-round destination with recreational activities (including 15 area golf courses), the Ocean Downs racetrack-casino and an outlet mall.
Nearby, Berlin’s red brick buildings offer antiques, jewelry, restaurants and gift shops. The Calvin B. Taylor Museum, in a restored, early-19th-century house, is among nearly 50 local structures on the National Register of Historic Places.
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The red brick buildings in the historic town of Berlin provide the setting for restaurants and gift shops selling antiques, jewelry and more.
There's nothing quite like watching the waves roll in from on top of one of the rides along Ocean City's boardwalk.
April through December are the best months to eat fresh steamed Maryland blue crabs, and there's no shortage of supply at the crab houses along this byway.
Visit Furnace Town, an outdoor living heritage museum near Snow Hill that recreates a vanished 19th-century community.
Photo By: Gerry Gerlitzki
Balance body and mind with paddleboard yoga lessons in Ocean City.
Any time of the year, full-service outfitters help you take full advantage of recreational opportunities.
From spring through fall, take a ride by horse and carriage through Berlin's scenic streets, displaying two centuries of architectural heritage.
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift, OTD
Assateague Island to Snow Hill
Including MD 611, MD 818, US 113, MD 365 & MD 12
Assateague Island, an undeveloped, 37-mile-long barrier island, offers swimming, surfing, fishing, kayaking, biking, boating and camping in its state and national parks. Assateague is also known for its flora and fauna, including free-roaming wild horses.
The Maryland Historical Trust has proclaimed Snow Hill, established as a trading post in the 17th century, as “one of the most historically intact towns in the state of Maryland.” Shops, galleries and museums grace downtown, while municipal parks provide boat landings, dockage and public facilities. Both the Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum and the Julia A. Purnell Museum offer a look back in time.
Take a Side Trip
Heading out of Snow Hill on MD 12, visit the Nassawango Creek Preserve on the Beach to Bay Indian Trail, a driving route and national recreational trail. Then continue onto Crisfield, Janes Island State Park and Smith Island.
Assateague's famous wild ponies live in bands of two to twelve animals. They may allow you to get very close, but they are wild animals, so maintain a minimum of 10 feet distance at all times.
Misty of Chincoteague, Marguerite Henry’s acclaimed 1947 children’s book, brought national attention to the free-roaming horses still found on Assateague Island.
Biking is a great way to experience Assateague Island. Enter the island from the Visitor's Center over a dedicated pedestrian/bike bridge and ride on paved paths through 4 miles of natural habitat.