Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway Now an All American Road
We are excited to announce that the Chesapeake Scenic Byway has been designated an “All American Road” by the National Scenic Byways Foundation via their “America’s Byways” program. The byway extends from Cecil County all the way to Worcester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, including Queen Anne’s County.
The US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration press release can be read <strong><a href=”https://cms8.fhwa.dot.gov/newsroom/usdot-announces-new-americas-bywaysr-designations”>HERE</a></strong>. Senator Ben Cardin’s office announced the designation recently in a press release that can be read <a href=”https://www.cardin.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/cardin-applauds-inclusion-of-the-chesapeake-country-all-american-road-in-american-byways-collection”><strong>HERE</strong></a>.
The route stretches 419 miles from Chesapeake City to Crisfield (plus 12 nautical miles to Smith Island) and was designated a Maryland Scenic Byway in 1998. The “upper” portion of the byway which consisted of the byway located in Cecil, Kent & Queen Anne’s Counties was designated as a National Scenic Byway in 2002. The byway is now <strong>elevated in its entirety</strong> to “All-American Road” status which is the highest standard possible.
Maryland is now home to three of the 35 All-American Roads in the United States and there are now six total America’s Byways® located in Maryland. America’s Byways routes designated as an “All American Road” include “Chesapeake Country”, the “Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway”, “Historic National Road”. The routes in Maryland designated as a National Scenic Byway include Baltimore’s Historic Charles Street, Journey Through Hallowed Ground, Religious Freedom Byway.
Queen Anne’s County Office of Economic & Tourism Development is very excited to be a part of the initiative to elevate the designation of the byway. This extends a high level of recognition to our local cultural and recreational assets unique to Maryland’s Eastern Shore region.
To learn more about how to experience the Chesapeake County Scenic Byway <strong><a href=”https://www.visitmaryland.org/scenic-byways/chesapeake-country”>CLICK HERE</a></strong> for a map of the sites and route. To learn more about the National Scenic Byway program <a href=”https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways”><strong>CLICK HERE</strong></a>.
<h4>Our Queen Anne’s County Byway Experiences:</h4>
<li>Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center</li>
<li>Old Wye Mill Grist Mill & Museum</li>
<li>Museum of Eastern Shore Life</li>
<li>Cross Island Trail</li>
<li>Terrapin Nature Park</li>