Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center (exit 41)
Adjacent to Piney Narrows Yacht Haven, the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center is located on the Kent Narrows waterfront at the end of Piney Narrows Road, on the western side of the Kent Narrows. The Center was formeraly known as the Chesapeake Exploration Center. Here visitors may pick up a beautifully illustrated Watermen's Way Heritage Trail map depicting the Kent Narrows Waterfront Area. The map that shows all of the marinas, restaurants hotels, trails and attractions in the Waterfront Village Area.
Enjoy the View
The Center serves as both a destination point and an information center. Visitors may climb the observation towers to see the magnificent view of the Kent Narrows, the Chester River, and the Eastern Bay.
Learn about our unique Chesapeake Bay Heritage and Culture
Inside, visitors enjoy a permanent collection of objects and art that reflects the region’s unique culture and heritage. Indigenous marine life and changing exhibits are also featured. A variety of community-based events are held throughout the year, so be sure to check out the events calendar. Nearby in Grasonville is the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center. The center features a variety of opportunities for biking, birding, kayaking and much more. Kayak rentals are available from May through the end of October.
Experience the Natural Environment
Nature and outdoor recreation enthusiasts are pleased to learn that the trailhead to Ferry Point Park begins at the 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 and provides eco-tourist opportunities to view birds and wildlife unique to the region. The seven-mile Cross Island Trail is also within walking distance of the Center.
Find out more about the Area
The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center is operated by Queen Anne's County and staffed by destination specialists who provide information on where to find local seafood, dining and entertainment options, accommodations and other things to do in the Kent Narrows area and in the region. It’s a great starting point for a visit to Kent Narrows, to Queen Anne’s County, and the Delmarva Peninsula. Plenty of travel brochures and maps of the region are available.
Hours of Operation
The Center is open, seasonally May through November, seven days a week. Currently, the hours are as follows: 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday; 10am-4pm on Saturdays and 10am-2pm on Sundays. Indoor restroom facilities are available (limited hours). A vending machine and bike rack are located outdoors. The adjoining Ferry Point Park is open from sunrise to sunset.
The center is handicapped accessible. (An elevator to the viewing decks may be turned on by request during operating hours).