Experience the Natural Environment and our Scenic Water and Waterfront Trails.
All trails are accessible from the marinas, hotels and restaurants in Kent Narrows.
The six-mile Cross Island Trail traverses the width of Kent Island.
The Chesapeake Heritage & Visitors Center*, located on Piney Narrows Road in Kent Narrows serves as a trail head and a Chesapeake Bay Gateway hub.
From Kent Narrows, the trail crosses Kent Island continues to Terrapin Nature Park. which is located on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in the Stevensville region. The beach here is a popular place for seaglass hunting, hiking, biking, and picnicking. (Beach currently closed to non-residents)
TRAIL PARKING AT KENT NARROWS
The best place to park to access the Cross Island Trail is in the lots under the western or eastern sides of the Kent Narrows Bridge or in the public lots at the Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center. Take exit 41or 42 to access those lots.
HOW TO ACCESS THE TRAIL FROM OTHER POINTS ON KENT ISLAND
The trail is accessed from many other points across Kent Island. Public parking is available at multiple locations including the lots at various schools, the Kent Island library, Island Dog Park, and the soon-to-be completed trailhead at Piney Creek Road.
* The Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center was originally known as the Chesapeake Exploration Center and that label still appears on some older maps.
TRAILS AT FERRY POINT PARK
(closed on July 1 to prepare for the fireworks that evening)
Nature and outdoor recreation enthusiasts are pleased to learn that the trailhead to Ferry Point Park is located at the Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center. This 41-acre nature park sits on the Chester River and offers a two-mile walking trail.
The trail features a wooden bridge that leads to scenic vistas. Ferry Point Nature Park provides eco-tourist opportunities to view birds and wildlife unique to the region.
The trail divides at a sandy area located on the scenic Chester River. (Sandy shoreline area will be temporarily closed to non-residents due to COVID beginning in July)
There are a few picnic tables and places to sit in the park.
Please carry out all of your trash. Dogs must be on a leash and waste must be picked up.
TRAIL PARKING FOR FERRY POINT PARK
Use the lot at the Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center to access these trails.
CROSS COUNTY CONNECTOR TRAIL IS THE NEWEST EXTENSION TO THE COUNTY TRAIL SYSTEM
The new Cross County Connector Trail can be accessed from Kent Narrows Way North and the trail head located at Long Point Park in Grasonville.
Those wishing to use the trail may park for free in the public lot under the east side of the Kent Narrows Bridge.
The combination boardwalk and asphalt trail connects to the Cross Island Trail extending the trail east from Kent Narrows for 1.3 miles. The trail runs parallel to the westbound side of Rt. 301/50. Scenic vistas of the Chester River can be viewed from this section of the trail.
The trail head at Long Point Park in Grasonville is located on Long Point Road at the intersection of Jackson Creek and Long Point Roads.
The Watermen's Heritage Trail utilizes the trails at Ferry Point Park and the Cross Island Trail.
Heritage sites along the trail are identified with interpretative signs.
Visit the Stories of Kent Narrows web site to link to the videos and to more detailed walking itineraries.
Trail maps are available at the Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center, the Queen Anne's County Chamber of Commerce and at businesses and restaurants throughout the Kent Narrows.
Trail parking can be found at many locations throughout the Kent Narrows Waterfront. If you are unfamiliar with the area, a good place to start is the Chesapeake Heritage & Visitors Center.
For those who enjoy paddling, our water trails are mapped throughout the Kent Narrows area. Click here for a Kent Island/ Kent Narrows Water Trail Map.