Park in Rock Hall. There’s a city parking lot behind a cluster of tiny shops called Rock Hall Village (105 Rock Hall Village Rock Hall, MD 21661) and by the municipal hall (5585 Main Street). There’s also street parking.
Rock Hall also has a great ice cream shop and some good restaurants. There’s a grocery story for provisions across the street from Rock Hall Village.
Summary: Cycle south MD-445, down Main Street, away from the town’s only traffic light. Once you get out of town, keep going straight. After about six miles, you’ll come to the Eastern Neck Narrows bridge. Route 445 turns into Eastern Neck Island Road. You can stop just across the bridge to have a picnic and turnaround for a nice, easy one-hour, 12-mile ride or continue on into the wildlife refuge for a mostly flat, albeit a bit bumpy, two-hour, 22-mile ride.
Pavement on Route 445 is generally smooth and good for road bikes, but be aware there is no shoulder. Click on thumbnails to see larger pics of the road.
You’ll go through farmland during the first half of the ride.
Then the peninsula starts to narrow and you’ll get a peek at some water off in the distance on the other side of the fields. The farmland gives over to marshland.
After six miles, you’ll come to a waterman’s house and boat rental. When you look up, you’ll see the Eastern Neck Narrows, the narrow waterway that the Chester River squeezes through between the island and mainland.
The island road is a bit rougher on the seat, but still doable on a road bike. You’ll pass several boardwalks, hiking paths and gravel roads. Off-road biking is allowed.
If you continue, you’ll come to a fork in the road. Take it.
Following the dashed yellow line to the right, Eastern Neck Island Road takes you through farm fields and past gravel roads that lead to the refuge headquarters and visitors center. The end is just past the Wicke’s Historic Site, the former homestead of the Wicke family. The road ends at a turnaround in a field.
The left fork, Bogle Wharf Road, is the money-ride. You end at Bogles Wharf where the Chester River curves around the island. You notice eagles soaring above.