Crisfield is a small town in the south of Maryland's Eastern Shore, along the Chesapeake Bay, and is the state's southernmost municipality.


Founded in 1666, and once the second most populous city in the state (while now having a population under 3,000!) Crisfield plays an outsized role in the Eastern Shore's sense of self. Its well-known moniker, the Seafood Capital of the World, seems a little dated, now that farm run off from the Chesapeake Watershed has devastated the regions seafood hauls, but it remains one of the principal centers of Chesapeake Waterman culture. While Crisfield is a lot less tourist-oriented than some of the charming small towns of the southern Eastern Shore—it's a gritty port town and a little rough around the edges, it's still a good visit for the authentic Chesapeake Bay culture (and is well combined with a day trip to Smith Island or Tangier), as well as some seafood dining, or the state's famous National Hard Crab Derby.

Get in

By car

Take US-50 from D.C. area, going through Easton, Cambridge, and Salisbury. At the 50/13 split take 13 and proceed past Princess Anne. Bear right onto 413 (Crisfield). From Virginia, take US-13N until you reach MD-413S.

By boat

Somers Cove Marina is the largest marina in Maryland, and has plenty of available docking, as well as public departures for Smith and Tangier Islands.

By bus

Shore Transit Route 1 connects Crisfield with Westover and Princess Anne, M-F, with stops at Somers Cove, the McDonalds, and the high school. Route 3 follows a similar route on Sundays.

By plane

There are no commercial flights available, but you can always park your private plane at Crisfield Municipal Airport.






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