Maryland's Eastern Shore

Thomas Point Light

The Maryland Eastern Shore is a fairly wide peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It has hundreds of miles of shoreline, ocean resorts, farmland, forests, modest cities and small historic towns.

If you plan on traveling on the Eastern Shore, check out our listing of Eastern Shore hotels. You'll find everything from convenient chain hotels located on the highway to intimate botique hotels, historic properties, and luxorious resorts.

Maryland's Eastern Shore is a rural place but it does have numerous towns. Salisbury is the largest "city" with 24,000 residents. It's the regional hub for transportation, shopping, education and services. Ocean City doesn't have many year-round residents, but is the big tourist draw in the summer on the Maryland Eastern Shore.

On the Chesapeake Bay side of the peninsula you'll find quaint Eastern Shore towns in every nook and cranny. St Michaels, Easton, Chestertown, Cambridge and Crisfield are some of the most prominent. Exploring the little waterfront towns of the Maryland Eastern Shore is a great way to spend a weekend.

Mayrland's Eastern Shore has been "discovered" by retirees looking for reasonably priced waterfront land and farms. People relocated from New York, New Jersey, Baltimore and Washington. This has driven up real estate prices. Real estate bargains on the Eastern Shore of Maryland are long-gone.

The new residents on the Shore have filled new subdivisions, restored historic houses, attracted fine new Eastern Shore golf courses and opened many businesses. Most of the traditional downtowns are revitalized with quality specialty shops and restaurants. Traffic chokes the main highways in the summer months, but despite the changes the Maryland Eastern Shore is still largely a rural place.


Maps Maryland Eastern Shore

Eastern Shore of Maryland Counties

It can be hard to find a good map of the Maryland Eastern Shore. There's an interactive map of the Eastern Shore at the Maryland tourism website. It's good for finding information about all the most popular tourism attraction.

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network has good information on the entire Chesapeake Bay region, but we couldn't find a way to easily sort it down to just show the Eastern Shore.

The Maryland Delaware Atlas & Gazetteer has topographic maps with unbeatable detail, plus information on great places to go and things to do. Sixty-one pages of maps on 80 total pages. Includes Chesapeake Bay habitat maps and a two-page Maryland and Delaware highway map. Information on bicycling, campgrounds, canoe trips, Chesapeake Bay lighthouses, fishing, gardens, hiking, historic sites, hunting, museums, and scenic drives. That's the best of the maps Maryland Eastern Shore. By a copy of the Maryland/Delaware Atlas & Gazetteer has an interactive map of the Chesapeake Bay that will help as you explore the area.