Kent Island is located in the Chesapeake Bay at the eastern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and is quickly becomming a popular tourist destination in Maryland. Kent Island is a great place to sample authentic Maryland seafood, take a historic stroll, or enjoy a trip out on the Chesapeake.
Kent Island has a rich history dating back to 1631, when William Claiborne of Jamestown first set up a trading post on the island. It is said that Claiborne liked being on Kent Island so much that he decided to make it his permanent home, and he started what would become the oldest English settlment in Maryland. Ever since then Kent Island has thrived as the crossroads of the Chesapeake. Several people, from founding fathers en route between Annapolis and Philadelphia, to vacationers on their way to Ocean City, have visited the island. Many of them, like Claiborne, have even liked Kent Island so much that they decided to move there.
From Washington, take U.S. 50 east towards Annapolis, or if you're coming from the Baltimore area, take I-97 south to U.S. 50 east. Then, from Annapolis, follow U.S. 50 east towards the Bay Bridge (toll for the bridge is $2.50 eastbound only). After crossing the bridge, you're there! Exits 37 and 41 provide access to the island's major tourist attractions.
The main way to get around Kent Island is by car, at least for now. Routes 8, 18, and 50 are the main roads to take from place to place, but if you want to go on foot or on bike, you can use the hiker-biker trails. The Cross Island Trail, as its name implies, goes across the island from Terrapin Park to Kent Narrows, and the Kent Island South Trail goes from Matapeake Park to Romancoke Pier. The trails unfortunately do not connect with each other, but there are plans to fix that in the future along with another trail south of Route 50, connecting Kent Narrows with Chester. With the new trails, future trips to Kent Island may involve getting around by bike instead of by car, just be ready for the workout, even currently, Kent Island has over 12 miles of trail!
When on Kent Island, Verizon and Sprint/Nextel get the best service (Telus/Bell/Aliant/Clearnet/Telus Mike for our Canadian friends, they work just as well), Cingular/T-Mobile (Rogers/Fido) get poor to no service, especially on the southern end.
Annapolis and Cape St. Claire are on the other side of the Bay Bridge, and Grasonville, Centreville, and Wye Mills are on the other side of the Kent Narrows Bridge. Grasonville is immediately past the bridge and beyond it lies Queenstown, the location of the Queenstown Prime Outlets which offer designer outlet shopping. Beyond Queenstown you have a choice of going north along Route 301 to Centreville and the upper counties, and southeast along Route 50 to Wye Mills and the lower shore.