Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Middle Eastern Shore

The Heart of the Bay

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Eastern Shore

Places along the way

Blough's Seafood
9620 New Bridge Rd
Denton, MD 21629

Cohee's 404 Restaurant & Lounge
26171 Shore Hwy
Denton, MD 21629

LNT Seafood
233 Main St
Preston, MD 21655

J.M. Clayton Company
108 Commerce St
Cambridge, MD 21613

Kool Ice and Seafood
110 Washington St
Cambridge, MD 21613

Millie's at Madison Bay
4814 Madison Canning House Rd
Madison, MD 21648

Portside Restaurant
201 Trenton St
Cambridge, MD 21613

Rock Lobstah Lobster Bar
315 Gay St
Cambridge, MD 21613

Russell Hall Seafood
2501 Old House Point Rd
Fishing Creek, MD 21634

Soft & Salty Seafood
Ragged Point Rd
Cambridge, MD 21613

Suicide Bridge Restaurant
6304 Suicide Bridge Rd
Hurlock, MD 21643

Captain's Ketch Seafood Market
316 Glebe Rd
Easton, MD 21601

Chesapeake Landing Seafood Restaurant
23713 St Michaels Rd
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Cole's Seafood House and Deli
403 N. Washington St
Easton, MD 21601

Crab Shack
9639 Ocean Gtwy
Easton, MD 21601

Gay's Seafood
896 Port St
Easton, MD 21601

Harrison's Eastern Shore Restaurant and Sports Bar
1216 S. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Hunter's Tavern at the Tidewater Inn
101 E. Dover St
Easton, MD 21601

Peacock Restaurant and Lounge
202 E. Dover St
Easton, MD 21601

St. Michaels Crab & Steak House
305 Mulberry St
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Stars at The Inn at Perry Cabin
308 Watkins Ln
St. Michaels, MD 21663

T.L. Morris Seafood
1606B Marina Dr
Trappe, MD 21673

Two If By Sea Restaurant
5776 Tilghman Island Rd
Tilghman, MD 21671

Washington Street Pub & Oyster Bar
20 N. Washington St
Easton, MD 21601

On Maryland’s Middle Eastern Shore (or mid-shore), you’re in the Heart of Chesapeake Country, where locals depend upon the bay for their livelihoods, and fresh seafood is just a stone’s throw away.

Experience the Eastern Shore culture by sampling crabs and oysters, visiting oyster hatcheries and oyster festivals and taking a skipjack sailing tour. Engaging maritime museums help you explore the watermen’s heritage and the local's livelihoods and connection to the majestic Chesapeake Bay. 

Drive the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway to tour picturesque and quaint waterfront towns like St. Michael’s, Tilghman, and Cambridge, where you can find live crabs being loaded from boats to docks, sold at markets and then steamed fresh at waterfront restaurants and served at your table. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

The byway stitches together these towns and travels through expansive farmland, ripe with farm stands featuring luscious produce, where the fruits of the land compliment the bounty of the bay. Stop and pick up some fresh-picked corn, peaches or some green veggies.  

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With nearly 50 square miles of forests, fields, marshes and open water, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, “The Everglades of the North,” offers breathtaking vistas and a rare glimpse of untouched America.

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On “the shore” you’ll find  casual traditional crab houses, like The Crab Claw in St. Michael’s, Harrison’s Chesapeake House in Tilghman Island and Soft and Salty Seafood in Cambridge. You’ll also find upscale dining at well-known restaurants like Oxford’s Robert Morris Inn, Suicide Bridge Restaurant in Hurlock or Harry’s on the Green in Denton.

Check out a raw oyster bar in St. Michael’s or Easton. And there are plenty of seafood markets where you can buy and cook your own.

Get out on the water and take a skipjack tour from Tilghman Island or Cambridge to see oyster dredging first-hand.  A variety of Watermen’s Heritage Tours provide an unsurpassed, up close experience where you can catch your own dinner - or at least see how it’s done.     

Museums, Festivals, and Events

Maryland serves up a diverse menu of seafood festivals, crab derbies and waterfront attractions. Explore maritime museums to discover what it was like to be a waterman in decades past. Try your hand at tonging or running a trotline, when you spend the day on a watermen’s heritage tour. See the unparalleled majestic beauty of a skipjack or log canoe race, both traditional watermen’s boats. Catch all the Chesapeake has to offer!

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Maryland Lore

Recreational crabbers catch crabs using a Bait, Pull and Net method - what locals call "chicken necking." The bait, often chicken necks, is tied to the end of a string and dropped into the water, typically less than 5 feet deep. When the line starts "walking away," the crabber slowly pulls it up. Once in sight, the crabber scoops up the crab with a rigid net on a pole.

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Trails in this Region

Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Lower Eastern Shore
Chesapeake Wine Trail