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On the Rivet Cycle & Sport to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
I always like a bike route that begins and ends at a bike shop. There is a certain comfort knowing that anything forgotten can easily be acquired on either end of your ride. This 32 mile route takes you through some of the less traveled and highly scenic roads within the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
- Park your car at On the Rivet Cycle Sport Shop (2833 Ocean Gateway E., Cambridge, 410.221.9981, www.ontherivet.com).
- Pedal past the back of the shop and turn left on Oak Hill Road.
- Turn right on Bucktown Road (.2).
- Follow Bucktown Road past the regional airport (1), where a restaurant is located.
- Continue on Bucktown Road, passing the Bucktown United Methodist Church (6.8) to the three-way intersection of Bestpitch Ferry Road, Greenbrier Road and Bucktown Road, where Blackwater Paddle and Peddle Adventures and the Bucktown Village Store are located (7.5).
- Bear right on Greenbrier Road, where you will pass the Harriet Tubman Historical Marker (8.5) on your left, located at the site of the Brodess Plantation. Harriet Tubman is often referred to as the Moses of her People because of her bravery in leading slaves north to freedom along the Underground Railroad.
- Continue to the end of Greenbrier Road, where it intersects with Maple Dam Road/Route 341 (10).
- You will see the Nause-Waiswash Band of Indians’ Longhouse just before the intersection on your right. The Longhouse is open to the public by appointment, and on the third Saturday in May for the annual Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Day.
- Turn left on Maple Dam Road and ride through this rarely traveled scenic part of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
- Cross the Shorters Wharf Bridge (15.8), then turn around at the public boat ramp parking lot and retrace your route.
Distance: 32 miles
This route and map provided courtesy of Dorchester County Tourism with their prior permission. You can visit them online at http://www.tourdorchester.org/home.php and download the brochure containing this map at http://www.tourdorchester.org/static.php?page=20