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The Kent Island South Trail is one of two popular recreational trails on Maryland’s Kent Island, the largest island in the Chesapeake Bay (the other is the Cross Island Trail). The trail runs parallel to Romancoke Road/MD 8 in Stevensville for its entire length.
It begins at Matapeake State Park and ends at Romancoke Pier, offering an off-road route for bicyclists, walkers, runners, and rollers from the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Bay. Along the way, it passes several residential neighborhoods and the Blue Heron Golf Course. Nearly half of the route runs through woods, while the other half passes through open fields. The trail is paved and mostly flat, with small hills throughout.
The trail can make for a wonderful day trip that includes Matapeake State Park at the northern terminus. The park is located on the Chesapeake Bay and includes a public swimming beach, an outdoor amphitheater, a family picnic area, and a 1-mile trail through the surrounding woods, with views of the Bay Bridge. The beach is open daily, from sun-rise to sunset.
At the southern terminus of the trail is the Romancoke Pier, a 600-foot fishing pier located at the southern end of Romancoke Road/MD 8. Fishing and crabbing are the highlights at the pier, which is open daily, from sunrise to sunset. There is a small picnic area for you to enjoy as well.
Kent Island is located directly across the Bay Bridge from Annapolis. Parking for the trail can be found at Matapeake State Park on (1112 Romancoke Rd, Marine Academy Dr).
Alternatively, park at the trail's southern endpoint at Romancoke Pier, located at 9700 Romancoke Rd (where Romancoke Rd/SR 8 meets Eastern Bay). Parking at the pier is $2.50/hour.
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