Welcome to Where Shore Living Begins
Queen Anne’s County is known for its excellent parks, trails, seafood, and boating. Centrally located in the middle Chesapeake Bay, with direct connections to metropolitan destinations, the county also feels like it’s a world away once you leave the highway. It’s where many come to live the Eastern Shore lifestyle.
Queen Anne’s County hosts a collection of outdoor adventures that will give you a taste for Eastern Shore living. Our parks and trails- both land and water- allow easy access to explore our natural areas.
Each season brings unique changes to our wildlife and landscape, so make sure you bring along your camera, binoculars, and sense of adventure! Looking to try your hand at crabbing, fishing, boating, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding, we’ve got you covered!
Learn more about our destination parks, trails, and more below.
Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC)
CBEC provides essential habitats for common, uncommon, and migratory birds. Grab your binoculars and explore magnificent ponds, marsh, forest and shoreline. Attend educational lecture series on the environment, or take self or guided hikes of the nature trails. Enjoy guided kayak trips, or rent your own for the day! The facility also acts as a portal for visitors to admire the local culture through rotating art exhibits.
Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area
Located in the tidal recesses of the Chesapeake Bay between the Wye River and the Wye East River. Wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding are popular activities on Wye Island’s six miles of trails.
Fun Fact: Wye Island houses a Holly Tree that is more than 290 years old!
Terrapin Nature Park
This award-winning 276-acre nature park features a 3.25-mile oyster chaff walking trail, which meanders through wildflower meadows, wetlands, tidal ponds, woodlands, and sandy beaches.
The park provides a spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay and Bridge. The park trail system, which wanders over several ridges, across marshlands, and through woodlands, connects to the County’s Cross Island Trail.