Cross Island Trail
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: The Cross Island Trail traverses Kent Island, the largest of the Chesapeake Bay islands. This paved biking and walking route takes travelers from the open Bay to the west, through the historic district of Stevensville, past significant wetlands to the Kent Narrows Waterfront Village District. This is a great route for a family outing. Plan on spending some time at the other Gateways along the trail - Terrapin Park and the Chesapeake Exploration Center.
Location / Directions:

Parking is available at the eastern (Chesapeake Exploration Center) and western (Terrapin Park ends of the trail.

Mailing Address: Cross Island Trail
Queen Anne's County Department of Parks & Recreation
PO Box 37
Centreville, MD 21617
Visitor Phone: (410) 758-0835

The paved Cross Island Trail is perfect for biking with the whole family. The trail takes you through wetlands and historic districts, so be sure to stop and take in the sights. As you travel along the trail between Terrapin Park on the west shore of Kent Island to Kent Narrows on the east, you can see important aspects of the development of Kent Island from the early 19th century to the early 20th century, especially settlement, commerce, and transportation. Passing through Stevensville, three sites are readily accessible from the trail via the city streets of Stevensville: Cray House (ca. 1820), a rare example of “post and plank” construction; the 1902 Stevensville Train Depot; and the pre-1877 structure that once served as the town’s post office, and is now headquarters of the Kent Island Heritage Society.

From Stevensville east the trail crosses the marshes of Macum and Piney Creeks connecting to the Chesapeake Exploration Center. Stop by the center to pick up information on events in Stevensville and Kent Narrows, and brochures on historic sites and natural sites you may see along the developing trail.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Hiking

Operating Hours: The trail is open year around.
Fees: There is no fee for using the trail.
Visitor Facilities: Bicycle racks and benches are available the eastern and western ends of the trail. Many visitor services are available in nearby communities.
Size: 15 miles
Accessibility: The trail is wheel chair accessible.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - Comments or Questions: Call: 1-800-YOUR-BAY