Rock Hall is a town of about 1,300 people on the coast of Maryland's scenic Eastern Shore. Despite its small size, the so-called "Pearl of the Chesapeake" offers a surprising array of sights and experiences, ranging from concerts and waterfront festivals to fresh Chesapeake bay seafood.
The most common way to enter the town is by car via MD 20, which runs from Chestertown to Rockville and other villages on the Eastern Shore.
Rock Hall is situated right on the water, so travelers with a boat can set it in the town's marinas.
On foot, by car, or by bicycleEdit
The town is small enough that you can get around on foot with a bit of patience, though it's still much easier and quicker to use a car or bicycle.
Trams can transport visitors and residents around town at the price of 1$ per person. There are two such trams: one called the Osprey Flyer and another called the Blue Crab Trawler. The service runs from May to November, stopping at various tram stops throughout town, though the schedule may change when there's a holiday like the 4th of July.
- Go kayaking on the creek or river
- Rent a sailboat or take sailing lessons
- "Pirates and Wenches" is an annual pirate-themed festival usually taking place in early or mid August
- 1 Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge ("Eastern Neck"), 1730 Eastern Neck Rd (Travel southwards on MD 445), ☏ . 7:30-30 minutes after sunset. A large (over 2000 acres) island protected by the national government. Originally designated as a refuge for migratory birds, the island has become a bird-watcher's paradise, with over 240 species of birds and 18 species of mammal visible. Hunting and fishing is allowed with a permit at certain times of year.
- Hickory Stick, 21326 E. Sharp St, ☏ . Gifts, jewelry, and trinkets
- 1 Waterman's Crab House, 21058 Sharp St, ☏ . 11:30-17:00. Waterfront restaurant specializing in delicious Maryland blue crabs, though they serve other dishes as well
- 2 Ford's Seafood, 21459 Rock Hall Ave, ☏ . 8:00-20:00. Typical Eastern Shore fare, of course including fresh blue crabs
- 3 [dead link] Java Rock, 21309 E Sharp St, ☏ . Sunday 7:00-15:00, Monday-Thursday 7:00-16:00, Friday 7:00-19:00, Saturday 7:00-17:00. Laid-back cafe and coffee shop that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- 1 Maggie's Bar (Coleman's Tavern), 21438 E Sharp St, ☏ . 10:00-midnight. Low-key, informal hole-in-the-wall tavern
Rock Hall is a very safe town. Though it is hardly an affluent place, everyone knows each other (as they do in most small towns) and crime is quite uncommon.
- Kent County Public Library Rock Hall Branch (Rock Hall Library), 5585 Main St, ☏ . Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00-15:00, Saturday 9:00-13:00. Contains computers and a copier along with several bookshelves.