Welcome: Mathews Maritime Heritage Trail
The Mathews Maritime Heritage Trail is a partnership project initiated in January 2009 to preserve the valued coastal landscape, and tell the colorful history of Mathews County’s nautical heritage. Phase I of the project will focus on water routes, and will follow the 90 mile Blueways Water Trail, a component of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. Later phases will include bicycle routes and scenic drives to allow local citizens and tourists a chance to explore and learn about the county’s natural and cultural assets.
Efforts are underway to map and document numerous cultural resources along the Mathews Maritime Heritage Trail. A pilot project on the East River, coordinated by the Mathews Maritime Foundation and its numerous partners, will include historic wharves; fish and crab packing houses; historic shipyards; marinas; tide mills; plantations; environmental sites and public access areas. We invite you to join with us to document our county’s connections to the sea and help us tell the stories of our shared maritime heritage.
For access to map segments click on the index map below, then choose points of interest.