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Cross Island Trail

This is a 6-mile (10 km) trail cutting across Kent Island that has wonderful sights. It was opened in the year 2001 and Queen Anne’s County has done a lot to make the trail better by putting up several bridges along it. Cross Island Trail is part of the American Discovery Trail and a section of it lies where Queen Anne’s Railroad passed once before it was abandoned.

Cross Island Trail offers amazing views of an environment filled with sights to behold. First of all, right where the trail starts at the Terrapin Nature Area which is directly across the bay from Sandy Point Beach, you discover native plant life and birds in this protected piece of land. Moving on to the left, you will discover an old graveyard tucked in the trees with only a few weathered and cracked headstones too see.

The trail then leads to an area with neighborhoods and stands of white pines and hemlocks before finding its way to Old Love Point Park. This park has soccer and baseball fields making the place a wonderful recreation area. In addition to this, if you want to have the best view of Kent Island forest and Chesapeake Bay, this trail offers the best opportunity for this.

The distance from Beltway capital city to Kent Island is less than an hour’s drive and after driving a distance this long, Cross Island Trail will form the perfect getaway for you and your family. Once you arrive and in the course of engaging in other activities, there are restaurants within the vicinity of the trail where you can dine. Hiking trails are also available within the Terrapin Nature Area and these trails are more than 2 miles long.

Getting past the Old Love Point Park while on the trail, takes you to the farm fields from where your closeness to the seashore can be established by the sight of a distant lighthouse. Eventually, you find yourself at mile 3.8 and at this point, you will be off the trail. A blue-painted bike lane will lead you back to Cross Island Trail.

When you finally get back on the trail, the next place you access will be the lengthy wooden bridge that provides a wonderful view of the water without anything blocking the beauty before you. This is actually the highlight of the rather short trail and it is from here where you will be headed to the end of the trail using the parallel US 50 that takes you on an accent as you cross the causeway.

The trail ends at the marina in Kent Narrows from where you can access the water front from various points as well as boat slips and restaurants within this area. While at the marina, a right turn will keep you on the trail moving forward; while a left turn will lead you to Chesapeake Exploration Center. Other areas you can access while on Cross Island Trail include schools and libraries within the vicinity of the path on which it runs. Some of the activities to engage in include dog walking, inline skating, walking, biking, mountain biking, among others.

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