The Chesapeake is a constant in life on the Eastern Shore. With dozens of tidal
rivers and extensive wetlands, “The Shore” is one of the Bay’s
most ecologically important regions. It supports fish spawning areas and shellfish
beds. It provides critical habitat for migratory waterfowl.
The cultural traditions of the Eastern Shore (which includes parts of both
Maryland and Virginia) are based in the timeless bonds linking human populations
and the Bay’s rich resources. Many of the small towns and rural landscapes
in this region stand today as a living reminder of the unique ways of life that
are an indelible part of the Chesapeake story.
Through the Gateways Network, you can explore the Eastern Shore’s natural
wonders in any number of state parks, water trails, natural areas, and wildlife
refuges. Its distinctive cultural riches are on display at museums big and small,
at important historical sites, along timeless Main Streets, and aboard traditional