The Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has recently received the highest designation a road can receive from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration — an All-American Road. Forty-nine new designations as an All-American Road in 28 states were added to the America’s Byways collection.
Launched in 1991, America’s Byways recognizes roads whose qualities include unique archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational or scenic elements. To receive the designation, the byway must be a destination unto itself and contain numerous characteristics not found elsewhere and also be internationally recognized.
“With elevation of the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway to an All-American Road, Maryland is now home to three of the 60 All-American Roads in the United States,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “I would like to recognize everyone involved in garnering this prestigious designation. It was a rigorous multi-year effort, and the nominating committee members of the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway Alliance worked tirelessly to maximize this opportunity to showcase the byway as one of the best driving tours in the country.”
The Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway spans through Cecil, Kent, Caroline, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester counties.
“Commerce’s tourism office, our sister state agencies and our many local partners are excited to officially brand the byway in the marketplace as an All-American Road and to generate further awareness of the Chesapeake Region as a world-class tourist destination,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “Roadway signage, maps, travel guides, website content and more will be updated to include the designation and to guide travelers to the attractions along the byway.”
The byway stretches over 419 miles road from Chesapeake City to Crisfield (plus an additional nautical twelve miles to include Smith Island) delighting drivers and passengers with the diverse landscapes and water views along the Eastern Shore.
“Maryland’s thousands of miles of roadways not only provide critical links to jobs, education and community life, but also connect every Marylander to the countless treasures of our state – scenic, historic, cultural, recreational and environmental,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Greg Slater. “The designation of the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway as an All-American Road places a region of enormous beauty in a national spotlight, and will no doubt benefit the state economy by increasing tourism and associated jobs on the Eastern Shore.”
While there are many great sites and segments of the drive, just over the Bay Bridge in Kent County, along the All-American Road are the towns of Rock Hall and Chestertown. Consider doing some segments by bicycle, like from Georgetown (near Kitty Knight House) to Chestertown, then on to Rock Hall. It’s a beautiful ride and you can enjoy the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge along the way. Another Kent County favorite is the Crow Winery & Vineyard where you can enjoy local wines and ambiance. Or visit the Sultana Education Foundation where you can paddle down the scenic Chester River. Local waterfront in Kent County is also a great place to fish the local rivers or Chesapeake Bay with licensed fishing captains or just take a scenic boat ride. Don’t miss the local’s favorite spots (Chester River Bridge, Sassafras River Bridge, Eastern Neck Island Bridge, Wilmer Park, and Turners Creek Landing).