Roots & Tides
Explore the timeless traditions and deep maritime roots of Western Shore towns along the Chesapeake Bay. Go sailing, bird watching, museum hopping or just relax on a sandy beach.
Open for Exploration
Fairhaven to Breezy Point Beach
Including MD 423, MD 261 & MD 263
For a quiet, relaxing beach vacation, head south into Rose Haven, North Beach or Chesapeake Beach. Enjoy ports, marinas, museums, restaurants, antiques shops and bed and breakfasts while admiring the waterfront views. The resort community of Chesapeake Beach is also the location of a water park with slides, fountains and waterfalls.
The sandy, half-mile-long Breezy Point Beach is great for picnicking, swimming, fishing and crabbing. From here you can head south to Plum Point, or turn inland to connect with the Star-Spangled Banner Byway.
Take to the water along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, which covers nearly 3,000 miles of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Never far from a friendly shore, the trail is easily accessible and marked by "smart buoys" that communicate historical and environmental information.
Dive into the history of seapower and the development of the U.S. Navy at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis. Historical artifacts and displays explore stories about the men and women who have served their country at sea.
Continue south to Prince Frederick, site of Running Hare Vineyard and Battle Creek Cypress Swamp sanctuary, where a boardwalk trail provides an up-close look at centuries-old cypress trees. Nearby, explore 15 miles of trails on a preserve owned by the American Chestnut Land Trust.
The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum is housed in an 1898 railway station and contains exhibits about the old Victorian resort and amusement park that operated there.