Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Southern Maryland

Enjoy hushed woodlands, tidewater vistas and colonial-era towns. In Southern Maryland, the history is rich and the seafood superb.

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Southern Maryland

Places along the way

Abner's Crab House
3748 Harbor Rd
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

Anglers Seafood Bar & Grill
275 Lore Rd
Solomons, MD 20688

Calvert Crab and Seafood Carryout-Prince Frederick
3915 Hallowing Point Rd
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Captain Billy's Crab House
11495 Popes Creek Rd
Newburg, MD 20664

Captain Charles Seafood House
16320 Cobb Island Rd
Newburg, MD 20664

Captain John's Crab House
16215 Cobb Island Rd
Newburg, MD 20664

Captain Leonard's Seafood
27240 Three Notch Rd
Mechanicsville, MD 20659

Captain Mo’s Seafood Market & Carryout
4722 Crain Hwy
White Plains, MD 20695

Captain Pat's Seafood
21901 Three Notch Rd
Lexington Park, MD 20653

Captain Smith's Seafood
13944 Solomons Island Rd. S
Solomons, MD 20688

Chesapeake's Bounty-North Beach
9124 Bay Ave
North Beach, MD 20714

Chesapeake's Bounty-St. Leonard
6415 Saint Leonard Rd
St. Leonard, MD 20685

Chief's Bar
44584 Tall Timbers R
Tall Timbers, MD 20690

Courtney's Restaurant
48290 Wynne Rd
Ridge, MD 20680

Crab Knockers Seafood
40955 Merchants Ln, Unit 8
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Double T Oyster Ranch
18521 Herring Creek Rd
Tall Timbers, MD 20690

Drift Inn Crab House
41310 River View Rd
Mechanicsville, MD 20659

Gilligan's Pier Seafood & Steakhouse
11535 Popes Creek Rd
Newburg, MD 20664

Grinder's Seafood
4665 Indian Head Hwy
Indian Head, MD 20640

Hidden Harbor Cafe
14755 Dowell Rd
Dowell, MD 20629

Hollywood Oyster Company
44149 Tranquility Farm Ln
Hollywood, MD 20636

Jerry's Place
1541 Solomons Island Rd
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Kellam's Seafood
16616 Three Notch Rd
Ridge, MD 20680

Kevin's Corner Kafe
24509 Point Lookout Rd
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Little Fish Grill
173 St. Patrick's Drive
Waldorf, MD 20603

Mels Crabs
5005 Solomans Island Rd
Huntingtown, MD 20639

Morris Point Restaurant
38869 Morris Point Rd
Abell, MD 20606

Patuxent Seafood Company
4149 School Rd
Broomes Island, MD 20615

Port Tobacco Restaurant
7536 Shirley Blvd
Port Tobacco, MD 20677

Quade's Store
36786 Bushwood Wharf Rd
Bushwood, MD 20618

Ray's Pier Restaurant
18170 Desoto Pl
Benedict, MD 20612

Reluctant Navigator
18521 Herring Creek Rd, Unit 9
Tall Timbers, MD 20690

Rod 'N' Reel Restaurant
4160 Mears Ave
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill-Dowell
13200 Dowell Rd
Dowell, MD 20629

Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill-Piney Point
16800 Piney Point Rd
Piney Point, MD 20674

Sandgates Inn
27525 North Sandgates Rd
Mechanicsville, MD 20659

Seabreeze Restaurant
27130 South Sandgates Rd
Mechanicsville, MD 20659

Shark Bar and Seafood House
2056 Crain Highway
Waldorf, MD 20601

Shore Thing Shellfish
PO Box 74
Tall Timbers, MD 20690

Southern Maryland Crabs & Seafood
3619 Leonardtown Rd
Waldorf, MD 20601

Southern Maryland Seafood Company
4310 Hawthorne Road
Indian Head, MD 20640

Stoney's Clarke's Landing Restaurant
24580 Clarke's Landing Ln
Hollywood, MD 20636

Stoney's Kingfishers
14442 Solomons Island Road South
Solomons, MD 20688

Stoney's Seafood House-Broomes Island
3939 Oyster House Rd
Broomes Island, MD 20615

Stoney's Seafood House-Prince Frederick
545 Solomons Island Rd, N
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

The Lighthouse Restaurant & Dock Bar
14636 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688

The Pier
14575 Solomons Island Road
Solomons, MD 20688

The Rivah
12364 Neale Sound Dr
Cobb Island, MD 20625

The Scuttlebutt Restaurant
12320 Neale Sound Dr
Cobb Island, MD 20625

The Tiki Bar at Solomon's Island
85 Charles St
Solomons, MD 20688

True Chesapeake Oyster Co.
St Jerome Creek
Ridge, MD 20680

Tyler's Tackle & Seafood Carry Out
8210 Bay Side Rd.
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

VanAlstine Seafood & Farm
135 Jewell Rd
Dunkirk, MD 20754

Vera's White Sands Restaurant
1200 White Sands Dr
Lusby, MD 20657

On the western shore of the Chesapeake, the rhythm of the tides, call of the gulls, and the hum of the engines from watermen’s boats create a symphony of sounds amid the miles of shoreline and open water. Nestled between the Potomac and Patuxent rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, the rolling hills of these Southern Maryland peninsulas are an easy peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby metropolitan areas.

You’ll find plenty of lighthouses to explore on the Southern Maryland landscape. See if you can find Drum Point, Cove Point, Piney Point and Point Lookout lighthouses on your journey. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get to visit Blackistone Lighthouse on St. Clement’s Island, accessible only by ferry.

Enjoy the sweet salt air and sip a cocktail at a dockside restaurant while watching the sun slip below the horizon, revealing another evening sky. Chesapeake Beach, Cobbs Island, Broomes Island and Solomons Island are some relaxing destinations with several eateries and places to stay for your getaway.

Southern Maryland abounds with quintessential crab houses and wharves that echo traditions from yesteryear. The placid scenes betray the hard labor that underlies the watermen’s lives. Experience catching your own crabs or harvesting oysters, or just learn about the Chesapeake Bay and the life of a waterman on a Watermen’s Heritage Tour. Several tours are based out of Solomons Island, which is a favorite port for sailors. The island has its own vibe.

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Blackistone Lighthouse at St. Clement's Island State Park is accessible by boat from the St. Clement's Island - Potomac River Museum in Colton's Point.

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While on Solomons Island be sure to visit the Lore Oyster House, part of the Calvert Marine Museum. J.C. Lore and Sons was a large and successful seafood packing company founded at the height of the Chesapeake oyster industry in 1888. The company specialized in Patuxent River fish, crabs and oysters. Today you can explore all aspects of oyster processing – from receiving oysters at the dock to storing, shucking, washing, packing, and shipping the product to markets across the region.

Time your visit to take in the U.S. Oyster Festival and National Oyster Shucking Championships in Leonardtown. Get a taste of the bay at the Oyster Festival Tasting Room and pair oysters with a locally-crafted oyster stout. Try some tasty recipes from the National Oyster Cook-off. You’ll want to make them at home, and with all of the fresh seafood markets in Southern Maryland, that might be possible!

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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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Drum Point Lighthouse at Calvert Marine Museum

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Maryland Lore

A male crab is called a “jimmy,” and a female crab is known as a “sook.” They can be told apart by the shape of the apron on their undersides. The females have a bell-shaped apron that resembles the dome of the U.S. Capitol. The males have an inverted T-shaped apron that resembles the Washington Monument.

U.S. Oyster Festival and National Oyster Shucking Championships.

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Trails in this Region

Patuxent Wine Trail