Description - Eastern Maryland Travel Region is comprised of nine counties and one very populace city, Ocean City. The area has little elevation, with much of it being swampy, great for bald eagle habitat, but miserably humid in summer. Living off the land is a way of life in Southern Maryland. At one time, tobacco was the main harvest along with fish and shellfish from the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River. Today, agriculture has shifted to corn, soybean, and hay. The area is blessed with many winding waterways including Wicomico River, Choptank River, Wye River, Sassafras River, and Elk River. Many of the areas state parks, preserves and wildlife refuges are situated along adjacent parcels of land enabling visitors to enjoy a wide range of outdoor recreation from hiking and biking to paddling and fishing.
- The Eastern Shore is lush with tranquil, scenic areas easily accessed from Interstate 95 on the north and U.S. Highway 301 near Annapolis. There is also access from Route 13 in Virginia.
Ocean City is one of the most popular East Coast "wildlife" destinations. Gaming casinos, fine dining, and an array of other man-made entertainment dominate the northern Maryland Atlantic coastline. However, a moment away rests one of America's most well known national seashores, Assateague Island. From here westward, the landscape is rural with agricultural fields and winding creeks dotted with state parks, nature preserves, and wildlife refuges. Preserved state and national lands encircle Tangier Sound on the Chesapeake Bay, a true blessing for birdlife in search of nourishment while traveling the Atlantic Flyway. As a result, fall and spring migrations provide supreme bird watching.
Crabbing is one of the most popular water harvests of the Bay. Before pollutants interfered with nature, the Chesapeake Bay was the richest shellfish source in the world!
There are nine counties within the Eastern Shore, each beaming with pride as they welcome visitors to their tiny peaceful towns for annual festivals, 4th of July parades and historic tours.
Recreation - Fishing, boating, paddling, hiking, biking, camping and much, much more awaits the Eastern Shore visitor.
Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.
The Eastern Shore of Maryland is located below Pennsylvania, west of Delaware, east of the Chesapeake Bay and north of Virginia along the Atlantic Seaboard.