About the Trail

From the headwaters in Delaware to the river’s mouth between Kent Island and Rock Hall, the Chester River Water Trail encompasses more than 100 miles of waterways, a variety of ecosystems, and over 10,000 years of human history.   The navigable portion of the Chester River begins near the town of Millington, Maryland, where the river is heavily wooded, narrow, and winding.  After reaching the small town of Crumpton, the scenery transitions from woodlands to large waterfront farms.  The lower Chester River near Rock Hall is over three miles wide and features excellent crabbing, fishing, sailing, boating, and scenic views.  Paddlers in canoes and kayaks can explore numerous tidal creeks entering the river which contain pristine wetland habitats and abundant wildlife.