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Itinerary:

Green Lane

Green Lane is located in the historically and economically important Rock Hall Harbor. The town of Rock Hall dates back to 1707 and is thought to have been named for a mansion made of white sandstone built there, though opinions differ on this. The harbor is representative of three of Rock Hall’s biggest claims to fame over the years: its roles as a tobacco port, a ferry terminal for those crossing the Chesapeake, and a fishing and crabbing haven. Rock Hall was a hugely important link that connected major cities, namely Philadephia, with Baltimore, Annapolis, and even the Carolinas. The harbor was a bustling port for eastern shore residents traveling to the western shore, and for famous revolutionary figures. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all notably traveled routes that passed through Rock Hall.

Rock Hall Harbor’s location makes it historically rich and very scenic, but it can also make for a challenging paddle. Upon exiting the harbor, paddlers will find themselves on the large open waters at the mouth of the Chester River. Thus, this location should only be used on calm days because of exposure to high winds. On such a day, paddlers might undertake a six mile paddle south to Eastern Neck Narrows. For a less strenuous journey, head north for just over one mile to Swan and Tavern Creeks. These tributaries are much more protected and very scenic. 

Things to Know

Paddlers launching from Green Lane may first wish to explore the coves and marinas located in Rock Hall Harbor itself. Upon exiting the harbor, paddlers will be on the large open water of the Chester River. This location receives heavy boat traffic and can be exposed to high winds on certain days. From here, it is six miles south to Eastern Neck Narrows. Heading north, it is about one mile to Swan Creek and Tavern Creek, which are protected scenic tributaries and are very worth exploring.

Navigational Hazards

Green Lane launches directly into the protected Rock Hall Harbor, but soon empties into the open waters of the Chester River. Paddlers should only use this location on calm days, and even then with caution of winds and boat traffic, which can both be high. There are several protected, smaller tributaries located outside of the harbor, but which require navigating the Chester proper. Caution of high winds should be taken at this location.

Water Safety

Remember: safe use of rivers and any designated trails, at any time, is your responsibility! Water trail maps are for informational and interpretive purposes only and are not meant for navigational purposes, nor do they take into account level of skills or ability required to navigate rivers. The National Park Service, Chesapeake Conservancy and/or the individual trail associations assume no responsibility or liability for any injury or loss resulting directly or indirectly from the use of water trails, maps or other printed or web-based materials. Learn more about water safety.

Marine Forecast

We STRONGLY suggested that you review the marine forecast ahead of heading out for a paddling trip. To review the forecast for this paddle trip, visit:

Emergency Information

Launch site address:
End of Green Lane Road
Rock Hall, MD 21661

Nearest hospitals:
UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
100 Brown St
Chestertown, MD 21620
(410) 778-3300

Chester River Hospital Center
6602 Church Hill Rd #300
Chestertown, MD 21620
(410) 778-3300

Parking & Shuttles

Limited side of the road parking for approximately 6 vehicles, paved, 5 am - 10 pm

Restrooms

Temporary 

Equipment

  • ALWAYS wear a properly secured personal flotation device (PFD) when participating in paddlesport activities. Make sure that your PFD has a readily accessible safety whistle.
  • Bring a paddle float and water pump for self rescue.
  • A spray skirt is recommended for cold/foul weather.
  • Wear appropriate protective clothing that shields you from the sun (sunglasses, sunblock, hat, and a long-sleeved shirt that can get wet) and is safe to swim in. Water shoes with closed toes will protect you from abrasive hazards at launch areas that can cut your feet.
  • Bring water in bottles than can be secured to your craft. Bring more water than you think you’ll need and drink regularly throughout your journey.
     

Outfitters

Camping & Amenities

This landing has a cement ramp for loading small or large vessels.

There are no camping amenities at this location.

Trail History

During his exploration of the Chesapeake Bay in August 1608, Captain John Smith visited an American Indian community at the mouth of the Chester River which he referred to as “Ozinies.”  This site was most likely located in the vicinity of present-day Rock Hall.  Smith did not travel up the Chester River’s main stem, in part because the river offered little promise of providing the elusive “Northwest Passage” to the riches of the Orient.  However, Smith did chart the river’s mouth, Kent Island, and the forested interior of what would become Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.

Rock Hall’s location at the mouth of the Chester River made it an important ferry landing for colonists traveling north and south in the 18th century, including George Washington.  Today, Rock Hall is a haven for working watermen and a busy hub for recreational boating, with several marinas and three public landings within the harbor.  The town is also known for its numerous festivals including Waterman’s Day, 4th of July Weekend, Fall Fest, and Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend. 

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Main image: Chris Cerino / Sultana Education Foundation