All photos courtesy of Cecil and Harford Counties
The Upper Chesapeake Bay region is located between Philadelphia and Baltimore along the I-95 corridor. To experience the region’s scenic vistas, history, cuisine, farm attractions, and waterfronts in Cecil and Harford Counties, get off the beaten path! Take the roads less traveled and wind your way to enjoyable destinations.
Here are a few theme ideas to help chart your course.
Lighthouse to Lighthouse
This popular route for riders connects Concord Point Lighthouse along the shores of the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace to Turkey Point Lighthouse on a cliff overlooking the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay south of the town of North East. Add a drive through beautiful horse country between the lighthouses for a route that’s sure to please.
Mason & Dixon
Follow in the footsteps of history along this Maryland Scenic Byway, reminiscent of the dividing line between North and South. Discover Eden Mill Nature Center, Applewood Farm, Conowingo Dam, Plumpton Park Zoo and Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area. Visitmaryland.org/scenic-byways/mason-dixon
Chocolate Lover’s Route
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Plan a ride with chocolate candy and ice cream in mind that passes by Brooms Bloom Dairy, Bomboy’s Candy, Kilby Cream, and North East Chocolate Shop. Yum!
Take a 33-mile ride along this Maryland Scenic Byway. Be sure to include stops to see fascinating Havre de Grace museums, Susquehanna State Park, the unique architecture in Port Deposit and the action at Hollywood Casino in Perryville. Keep an eye out for waterfront sunsets and eagles that love to soar above the Susquehanna River. Visitmaryland.org/scenic-byways/lower-susquehanna
Wind your way through historic towns with specialty and antique shops, parks and award-winning restaurants on your way to heritage destinations such as Steppingstone Farm Museum in Harford County and Mt. Harmon Plantation at World’s End in Cecil County. Take time to step back in time.
Food, Food, Food!
In all corners of the Upper Bay region, there are fabulous eateries. From gourmet to family fare, seafood to steaks, down-home to neighborhood cafes, waterfront to deck dining, and farm fresh to fun foods, there are delicious dining options all along the way. For restaurant information, go to VisitHarford.com and FoodieCecil.com
Plan your ride at SeeCecil.org and VisitHarford.com