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Eastern Shore Regional Trail Vision

Celebrate Trails Day Follow-Up

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Celebrate Trails Day. Even though the weather did not support our events we still received tremendous support for trails from our attendees and local governments. And thank you to all the towns and counties who passed proclamations for Celebrate Trails Day. We appreciate your support and recognition of the value that trails bring to our communities, economies, environment, and mental and physical health. We look forward to working with you and supporting your efforts to build more trails in your communities.

Eastern Shore Regional Trail Vision

JANUARY 2024 UPDATE

Thanks to the work of the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative with support from the Mid-Shore Regional Council, and the Rural Maryland Council, the Eastern Shore has a new Trail Map. This map shows existing and planned trails on the Eastern Shore, as well as railroad routes for potential rails-to-trails projects. It also shows our Vision Map that trail advocates created at our initial workshop in April 2022. We hope that this map can help and inspire local governments and advocates to develop more trails to join this growing network.

Trails bring an immense amount of value to any community in the connections they create and the opportunities they foster. Many people have sought trails during the COVID-19 pandemic for exercise and outdoor reaction. As each county concludes and publishes their Land Preservation Parks and Restoration Plan (LPPRP), we must recognize the collective support for more trails, longer trails, and trails that connect to more places. With the release of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s map of off-road protected trails, we have to grapple with the fact that the Eastern Shore is trailing behind many of its neighbors in regards to trail planning and development. Now is the time for a broader discussion on an Eastern Shore Trail Network and a Coalition to get things moving.

In June 2023, the Eastern Shore Regional Trails Network was selected by National Park ServiceRivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (NPS-RTCA) as a 2023 “community assistance project.” The designation means that this recently-formed, Shore-wide consortium of partners, led by Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, will receive support for one year in the form of invaluable, one-on-one expertise and technical support from National Park Service. The Eastern Shore Regional Trails Network partnership is a newly-formed group of community organizations working to connect with stakeholders, initiate the first new trails across the region, and build a regional trails coalition to serve as an advocating body for trail resources. Currently, the Eastern Shore Regional Trails Network Steering Committee is working to accomplish an Eastern Shore Greenway Plan, expansion of connection with stakeholders, and the formation of a regional trail coalition.

Eastern Shore Trail Network Steering Committee Members

  • Owen Bailey, Chair
  • Andrew Bernish
  • Jim Bogden
  • Tara Hill Coursey
  • Heather Grant
  • Joe Kelley
  • Sue Simmons
  • Clint Sterling
  • Patti Stevens
  • Kat Stork
  • Will White
  • Bob Zillig

Routes suggested by Trail Workshop 2022 Attendees

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Neighboring Trail Networks

Attendees of the Regional Trail Workshop work with others from their locality of the Eastern Shore to identify potential trail routes