Getting Here

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway is located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, about 80 miles east of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The Byway winds for 125 miles through Dorchester and Caroline Counties. The largest city located along the Byway is Cambridge, Maryland.

The best place to start your Tubman Byway experience is at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center.

The Tubman Byway is located in a somewhat rural area. Traffic is not usually a problem except in the summer months (particularly June, July, August), when Route 50 can be heavy with beach traffic (people headed to Ocean City, Maryland, and other beaches), especially on weekends.

Distances to Cambridge, Maryland:

From Baltimore, Maryland: 79 miles
From Annapolis, Maryland: 58 miles
From Washington, D.C.: 87 miles
From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 140 miles
From Ocean City, Maryland: 61 miles

Below are the closest airports to the Tubman Byway. Note that public transportation from these airports to Cambridge is limited. Renting a car may be your best option.

BWI – Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Linthicum, Maryland
74 miles from the Tubman Byway
Transportation from BWI to the Hyatt Chesapeake in Cambridge is offered by Bay Runner Shuttle. Check the schedule and make reservations at bayrunnershuttle.com.

SBY – Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport
Salisbury, Maryland
38 miles from the Tubman Byway

DCA – Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Arlington, Virginia
91 miles from the Tubman Byway

IAD – Dulles International Airport
Chantilly, Virginia
116 miles from the Tubman Byway

Public transportation in the region is limited.

Bay Runner Shuttle offers service to and from Baltimore Greyhound Bus Station. Check the schedule and make reservations at bayrunnershuttle.com.

Lodging Options

Most of the accommodations along the byway are concentrated in Cambridge, Maryland. Here you’ll find a waterfront resort, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation homes. There are a few other lodging options throughout Dorchester County and Caroline County.

You will find lodging information directly on the map below, or you may choose to view a list of lodging options by clicking on the “list view” tab below.

Albanus Phillips Inn
314 Mill Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-2990

Best Value Inn
2831 Ocean Gateway
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-221-0800

Best Western Denton Inn
521 Fleetwood Road
Denton, MD
410-479-8400

Cambridge House
112 High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
410.221.7700

Comfort Inn
2936 Ocean Gateway
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-901-0926

Days Inn & Suites
2917 Ocean Gateway
Cambridge, MD 21613
888-735-2980

Holiday Inn Express
2715 Ocean Gateway
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-221-9900

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
100 Heron Blvd
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-901-1234

Idylwild Farm
27203 Chipmans Lane
Federalsburg, MD
410-754-9141

Killarney House
102 Killarney Road
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-901-9899

Kindred Spirits
102 Hiawatha Road
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-221-7575

Madison Bay Campground
4814 Canning House Road
Madison, MD 21648
410-228-1108

Marvels on the Creek
6230 Beverly Road
East New Market, MD 21631
410-943-4723

Mill Street Inn
114 Mill Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-901-9144

Riverside Lodge
1713 Doeller Road
Fishing Creek, Maryland 21634
410-658-4868

Schrader’s Bridgetown Manor
16090 Oakland Road
Henderson, MD
410-758-1824

Slo Horse Inn
11649 Holly Road
Ridgely, MD
410-634-2128

The Tavern House
111 Water Street
Vienna, MD 21869
410-376-3347

Taylor’s Island Family Campground
4362 Bay Shore Road
Taylors Island, MD 21669
410-397-3275

Turnbridge Point Bed & Breakfast
119 Gay Street
Denton, Maryland 21629
443-448-4782

Victoria Gardens
101 Oakley Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-901-2292

Dining Along the Byway

Because the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway includes sites along back roads, restaurants are not always nearby. Most of the restaurants are concentrated in Cambridge and Denton, but additional restaurants are scattered throughout the area. Explore the map below for details, or find options for Dorchester County here and and for Caroline County here.

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While You’re Here

THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA

While you’re here, we hope you’ll explore and enjoy the beauty and flavor of the Chesapeake Bay region.

Here are a few suggestions on what to do:

EAT LOCAL SEAFOOD AND PRODUCE

This area is famed for its delicious seafood—blue crab, oysters, and rockfish—as well as produce from local farms.

Crabcake at Old Salty's

GET OUT ON THE WATER

With the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways nearby, this area is a great place to get out on the water.

Nathan Skipjack

GO ON AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Alpaca Farm

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE REGION’S HISTORY

  • Explore the captivating 325-year history of Cambridge through a walking tour or a ghost walk along Maryland’s most haunted street.
  • Watch boat builders as they build or restore vintage wooden boats at Ruark Boatworks or dig deeper into the area’s maritime history at Richardson Maritime Museum.
  • Explore sites along the Maryland Civil War Trail.
  • Step back in time at a number of places:
    – Heritage Museums & Gardens of Dorchester – Celebrating the heritage and lives of Dorchester County people
    – Spocott Windmill & Village – Tiny re-created 1800s village.
    – Handsell National Register Historic Site – 1700s home under restoration as well as Native American longhouse built using traditional methods
    Museum of Rural Life – Sharing stories of early Americans in Caroline County’s agriculture-based economy
    – Federalsburg Transportation & Heritage Museum — Located in a historic garage.
    – Ridgeley Telephone Exchange Museum
  • Experience charming and historic communities that offer an authentic taste of Chesapeake life, including Cambridge, Hoopers Island, Vienna, East New Market, Denton, Greensboro, and Federalsburg
Cambridge Walking Tour

TIME YOUR VISIT WITH AN EVENT

Here are a few of the major annual festivals in the area:

  • Eagle Festival: Bird walks, demonstrations, fun for kids. March
  • Chillin’ on the Choptank: Beer, wine, and oysters on the waterfront. May
  • Taste of Cambridge: Top chefs prepare crab dishes for tasting and judging. July
  • Seafood Feast-I-Val: All-you-can-eat crabs and more on the waterfront. August
  • Native American Festival: Traditional dancing, singing, drumming. September
  • Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race: Watch icons of the Bay take to the water. September
  • Dorchester Arts Showcase: Outdoor arts and crafts festival. September
  • Schooner Rendezvous: Historic ships offer tours, day sails, and maritime fun. October
  • Caroline Summerfest: Live entertainment, arts and crafts for the children, fireworks display, car show. August
  • Paddlefest on the Choptank: This 7.7 mile paddle is open to all ages and is a poker run event open to kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards. Festival with prizes, food and entertainment follows. August
  • Wheat Threshing & Gas Engine Show: Watch demonstrations of wheat threshers, steam & gas engines amid food and fun. August
  • Fiber Fest: A multi-day celebration of the fiber arts, with classes, vendors and exhibits. August
  • Ridgely Car Show and Road Rally: Open to all years, makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles. October
  • Linchester Mill Antique and Art Show: Antiques, history, artisan demonstrations, art, food, music and fun on the grounds of a historic mill. October
Taste of Cambridge

Individuals, Families & Smaller Groups

Explore the options below for some ideas if you’re traveling on your own or with a few friends or family. You can also browse our Things to Do section to create your own itinerary.

More information is available at the Dorchester County Visitor Center, 2 Rose Hill Pl., Cambridge, MD or the Caroline County Visitor Center, 10219 River Landing Rd, Denton, MD.

Half-Day: Overview of Tubman Country

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center – self-guided tour of the exhibits. Optional walk along the nature trail.

Visit Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. There is a small fee for the four-mile Wildilfe Drive. Admission to the Blackwater Visitor Center is free, and includes exhibits, a butterfly garden, and gift shop.

Make stops at nearby Tubman Byway sites, such as:

Lunch at one of the award-winning restaurants in downtown Cambridge. Shops and galleries are also there for exploring. While in Cambridge, stop by the Harriet Tubman Museum, where local residents have been promoting and preserving Harriet’s legacy for decades.

OR

Lunch at Old Salty’s Restaurant, a restaurant in the small, quaint waterman’s village of Hoopers Island. Old Salty’s is famed for its crab cakes and other seafood from local waters. (Hoopers Island is about a 40-minute drive from Cambridge.)

One-Day: Connected to the Water

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center – self-guided tour of the exhibits. Optional walk along the nature trail.

Drive through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. There is a small fee for the four-mile Wildlife Drive. Admission to the Blackwater Visitor Center is free.

Lunch at Suicide Bridge Restaurant with award-winning crab cakes. Crab feasts available in season. Waterfront restaurant with views of Cabin Creek located in Hurlock, Maryland.

Join a public cruise on a riverboat out of Suicide Bridge Restaurant. The Choptank Riverboat Company offers sightseeing, crab feast, lunch cruises, and more. See the cruise schedule.

One-Day: Historic Cambridge

Visit Tubman Byway sites in Cambridge:

Visit Choptank River Lighthouse, replica of a historic lighthouse. Stop inside and see the mini-museum and great views of the Choptank River.

Join the Historic Cambridge Walking Tour, a one-hour tour led by a costumed docent at 11am on Saturdays, April through October. Register in advance at 410-901-1000.

Lunch at one of the award-winning restaurants in downtown Cambridge. Shops and galleries are also there for exploring.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center – self-guided tour of the exhibits. Optional walk along the nature trail.

Drive through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. There is a small fee for the four-mile Wildlife Drive. Admission to the Blackwater Visitor Center is free.

Stop by Emily’s Produce, a destination produce stand and market with local foods. Offers a free children’s play area. Open April through November.

One-Day: Tubman/Underground Railroad Immersion

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center – self-guided tour of the exhibits. Optional walk along the nature trail.

Drive to nearby sites along the Tubman Byway:

Lunch at one of the award-winning restaurants in downtown Cambridge. Shops and galleries are also there for exploring. While in Cambridge, stop by the Harriet Tubman Museum, where local residents have been promoting and preserving Harriet’s legacy for decades.

Drive to sites related to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, as escaping slaves made their way north toward freedom, such as:

  • Linchester Mill, historic mill where crucial information was secretly shared.
  • Poplar Neck, where Harriet Tubman made her most daring escape to rescue her parents.
  • Webb Cabin, the restored home of a free black man in the mid-1800s.
  • Quaker Meeting House, open by appointment, where local abolitionists gathered.

Stretch your legs at Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre garden and preserve with walking trails, and listen to their audio guide about nature’s role in the Underground Railroad.

OR

See the alpacas at Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm.

Enjoy a drink or snack at a downtown Denton restaurant.

One-Day: Family Friendly

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center – self-guided tour of the multimedia exhibits. Optional walk along the nature trail.

To deepen the experience or to make it a homeschool activity, before your trip browse the field trip and curriculum materials and more from the National Park Service on their website.

Explore Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, which offers a four-mile Wildlfe Drive (there is a fee) for driving, walking, or cycling. Look for bald eagles, great blue herons, osprey, egrets, and dramatic marshland views. The free visitor center offers exhibits, a butterfly garden, and gift shop. Kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and bicycle rentals available through Blackwater Paddle & Pedal.

Stop by Emily’s Produce, a destination produce stand and market with local foods and lite fare. Offers a free children’s play area. Open April through November.

Lunch at one of the award-winning, family-friendly restaurants in downtown Cambridge. Shops and galleries are also there for exploring.

Visit Choptank River Lighthouse, replica of a historic lighthouse. Stop inside and see the mini-museum and great views of the Choptank River.

Let the kids run around at the playground at the Dorchester County Visitor Center (2 Rose Hill Pl., Cambridge, MD) or Great Marsh Park (Somerset Ave. and Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge, MD).

Group Itineraries

Whether you are planning to visit for just a half day, or a whole day, with a group, your family, or on your own, there are plenty of ways to make sure you get the most out of your Byway experience. We’ve put together some suggested itineraries that combine the Tubman Byway with other aspects of the area. This tab includes suggested itineraries for larger groups and bus tours. Contact the individual businesses for details on minimum group size.

One-Day: Seafood Extravaganza

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center – 2 hours – ranger led introduction or program (with advance notice)

Drive through four-mile Wildlife Drive at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge for possible glimpses of bald eagles, great blue herons, osprey, egrets, and dramatic marshland views.

Optional stop at the refuge’s Visitor Center.

Lunch at Old Salty’s Restaurant, a destination restaurant in the small, quaint waterman’s village of Hoopers Island. Old Salty’s is famed for its crab cakes and other seafood from local waters.

AND

Tour of Oyster Farm – Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Company. See how oyster farming works and enjoy an oyster tasting. See how oysters are farm-raised from baby spat to full-sized oysters for eating.

OR

Sightseeing by boat with Sawyer Charters on 52-foot charter boat for up to 40 passengers. Travel waterways where Harriet Tubman worked and learned the valuable skills that helped her lead others to freedom.

OR

Lunch at Suicide Bridge Restaurant with award-winning crab cakes. Crab feasts available in season. Waterfront restaurant with views of Cabin Creek located in Hurlock, Maryland.

AND

Cruise on a riverboat out with the Choptank Riverboat Company, also located at Suicide Bridge Restaurant for a sightseeing cruise.

One-Day: Tubman Immersion Experience

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center – 2 hours – ranger led introduction or program (with advance notice)

Brief stops at sites related to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, such as:
Brodess Farm, where Harriet lived as a child.
Bucktown Village Store, open by appointment, where Harriet almost died.
Stanley Institute, open by appointment, the site of the so-called “Stampede of Slaves” and a one-room schoolhouse used by the African American community starting in the 1800s.
Dorchester County Courthouse, site of the escape by Kessiah Bowley (Harriet Tubman’s niece) and her children.

Lunch at Jimmie & Sook’s Raw Bar and Grill with seafood and comfort food with a twist in downtown Cambridge, Maryland.

OR

Lunch at High Spot Gastropub with award-winning burgers and upscale pub fare in a beautifully restored building in downtown Cambridge, Maryland.

OR

Lunch at Suicide Bridge Restaurant with award-winning crab cakes. Crab feasts available in season. Waterfront restaurant with views of Cabin Creek located in Hurlock, Maryland.

OR

Lunch at Market Street Public House with traditional Irish pub fare and American food in downtown Denton, Maryland.

Brief stops at sites related to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, as escaping slaves made their way north toward freedom, such as:

Linchester Mill, historic mill where crucial information was secretly shared.
• Poplar Neck, where Harriet Tubman made her most daring escape to rescue her parents.
Webb Cabin, the restored home of a free black man in the mid-1800s.
Quaker Meeting House, open by appointment, where local abolitionists gathered.

Optional tour and tasting at Harvest Ridge Winery in Marydel, Delaware.

One-Day: Outdoor Adventure

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center – 2 hours – ranger led introduction or program

Lunch at Old Salty’s Restaurant, a destination restaurant in the small, quaint waterman’s village of Hoopers Island. Old Salty’s is famed for its crab cakes and other seafood from local waters.

Paddling or cycling through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, a 28,000-acre refuge that includes water trails and the four-mile Wildlife Drive.

Tour and tasting at RAR Brewing, a microbrewery in downtown Cambridge, Maryland.

OR

Tour and tasting at Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery, on a farm near Vienna, Maryland.

For Groups

Groups are welcome to explore the Tubman Byway. We’ve put together some suggested itineraries.

  • Motorcoaches: Many of the sites along the byway are motorcoach accessible. Please see the Tubman Byway Guide for details on which sites offer motorcoach access.
  • Programming: Special programming for groups is available at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center by prior arrangement.
  • Lodging: Group-friendly lodging includes the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Holiday Inn Express, Days Inn & Suites, and Comfort Inn; all in Cambridge,Maryland; as well as the Best Western in Denton, MD.
  • Dining: Group-friendly restaurants in the Cambridge, MD, area include Canvasback Restaurant, High Spot Gastropub, Jimmie & Sook’s Raw Bar and Grill, Portside Restaurant, Snapper’s Waterfront Cafe, Blue Point Provision Company, Kay’s at the Airport, Ocean Odyssey Seafood Restaurant, Peking House, River View at the Point, Three Sixty at the River’s Edge, Old Salty’s, and Suicide Bridge Restaurant.
    In the Denton, MD, area, group-friendly restaurants include Market Street Pub and Denton Empire Pizza.
  • Other attractions: There’s plenty to see and do beyond the Tubman Byway. See our suggested Things to Do. Group-friendly attractions include, in the Cambridge area: Choptank River Lighthouse, Handsell National Register Historic Site, Heritage Museums & Gardens of Dorchester, Richardson Maritime Museum, Ruark Boatworks. And in the Denton area: Linchester Mill.

For School Groups

Field Trips
  • The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center welcomes students. Explore the exhibits and film, take a walk in the legacy garden, or request a program from National Park Service or Maryland Park Service staff.
    To inquire about field trip opportunities, call the park at 410-221-2290.
    For field trip and curriculum materials, suggested reading, and more, visit the National Park Service website.
Student Research

Are you working on a report or essay about Harriet Tubman? The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center has knowledgeable staff who may be able to help. You can contact:

Business Partners

The Tubman Byway Business Partners program recognizes those local businesses that have made the effort to become a certified byway business. This means their staff has gone through training about Tubman and the byway. Some businesses are also offering special promotions. Check back for a list of participating businesses.

If your business is interested in learning more about the Tubman Byway Business Partnership Program, please visit the Tubman Certified Host website.