Two Lovely Chesapeake Beaches in Kent County

June 25, 2016

June 25, 2016

When folks come into Kent County, Maryland often it’s coming to Chestertown for its history or art. Or the Town of Galena for antiques. Or to Rock Hall for its marine heritage, seafood and boating.

What some may not realize is that the county also has two lovely Public Access Chesapeake Bay Beaches. In the late 19th and early 20th Century when people said they were going to the beach it was often a Chesapeake Beach. One of the nicest Chesapeake Beaches of that era was the beach at Betterton.

In the late 1800’s and up until the 1960’s Bettertown was a resort town. Streamboats would bring people from Baltimore and Philadelphia for stays of a week or longer. With the change of transportation to automobiles, most of the Chesapeake Beaches lost their visitors to the Ocean Beaches and ended up becoming private beaches.

Betterton Beach was saved from that fate when in the late 1970’s the county stepped in, purchase the beach dismantled the deteriorated old dock and worked for eight years and $1.2 million, the beach to reopened to the public in 1986 with a new dock, a 500-foot boardwalk, a bathhouse and a pavilion.

Photo: Betterton Beach in Kent County, Maryland

Betterton Beach in Kent County, Maryland

Rock Hall Beach
Rock Hall’s swimming beach and gazebo, known locally as Ferry Park located on Beach Road is much smaller in comparison. But in it’s own way, just as inviting as Betterton. It has picnic tables, barbecue stands, and pavilions. One of it’s best feature is its outstanding views across Chesapeake Bay to the western shore. One can see many boats of many different types, shapes and sizes go by. Perhaps one of its biggest features is is a place where one can experience some of the best sunsets imaginable.

Photo by SG atkinson: Sunset at Rock Hall Beach

Sunset – Rock Hall Beach

Photos: SG Atkinson

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