Ocean Highway (U.S. Rt. 13) in Pocomoke is part of an Eastern Shore transportation corridor that was recently recognized nationally as a gateway to adventure. In March the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) designated Maryland’s Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway, which runs from Chesapeake City to Pocomoke City, as an All-American Road.
Designation as an All-American Road is the highest recognition a road or corridor may receive. The Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway earned this honor based on criteria that includes its nationally-significant architectural, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities.
While the travel guide, interactive map, and roadway signs for the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway are still in the development phase, the overall goal behind this byway project is to entice travelers to detour off of the beaten path and opt instead for the scenic routes.
“The Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway is not just about the destination,” Worcester County Tourism and Economic Development (WCTED) Director Melanie Pursel said. “It’s all about the stops along the way, the places where people can explore, experience, and enjoy the hospitality, the food and beverages, and the flair of the local shops that are just a part of the many hidden gems along Maryland’s Coast – Worcester County.”
Destinations to be promoted along Ocean Highway in the Pocomoke area include the Delmarva Discovery Museum and Welcome Center, along with the Mar-Va Theater and Performing Arts Center, Sturgis One-Room School and Heritage House, and the Cypress Park and 1.5-mile nature trail, which is a mix of floating boardwalk, exercise stations, a pedestrian bridge, fishing pier, gazebo, and canoe/kayak launch sites.
WCTED officials worked with program partners at other Maryland Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) on the Eastern Shore to develop the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway project. Designation as an All-American Road will play a vital role in the ability of the DMOs to secure local, state, and federal grants and other funding sources to promote the locations that await explorers along the routes.
“The popularity of the scenic byways is going to grow because people want to be out and about and experience the outdoors,” Pursel said. “Outdoor activities, especially, are crowning jewels of our county. This designation will help us promote the history and heritage of Worcester County.”
With this latest project, Worcester County is now home to two transportation corridors that promote exploration over destination, the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway and the Cape to Cape Scenic Byway, which highlights the tristate byway and spans 120 miles from Cape Henlopen, Delaware, through the Isle of Wight Wildlife Area, Assateague National Seashore, Pocomoke River State Park Forest, and EA Vaughn Wildlife Area in Maryland, to Cape Charles, Virginia.
WCTED invites you to learn more about travel, places to stay, eat and drink, shop, and explore Maryland’s Coast – Worcester County at https://visitmarylandscoast.org/.