Ben Cardin Recreational Trail

EASY 8 reviews

Ben Cardin Recreational Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chesapeake City, Maryland that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

6.1 miles
98 feet
Out & Back




road biking

trail running



road biking
4 months ago

This trail was much longer than we'd realized. From Chesapeake City, MD to Delaware City, DE one way was just over 15 miles and linked the Ben Cardin trail to the Michael Castle trail to another trail which doubled the length. I really wanted to go to Delaware City but didn't realize how many miles that added.

Once in Delaware City, we walked around the charming town for a bit, enjoying the water views and historical information. Due to our late start (we arrived in DE city at 5:45ish), the ferry and public restrooms were closed, unfortunately. However we had passed a couple of rest areas along the trail, so I just hit one if those on the way back, the first (Biddle Point) being about 2 miles from DE city. Be sure to bring along some money for refreshments at the trail heads!
The trip back was a rush to get there due to the time. I had wanted to stop at the old cemetery but sadly we couldn't afford to take the time. Thankfully, it was well lit along the canal but it was pretty dark in the sections that went away from the water. We almost hit a gate on our last one of those steep up/downhill sections since it was so dark. Somehow we both manage to avoid that accident, as we were separated after the steep uphill just prior.
Felt great to finally see that bridge over the Chesapeake and ultimately pull into the marina! We did a quick change in the parking lot and hit the Grain h2o in Bear, DE (we'd passed it halfway along the trail), for some much needed refreshment and relaxation. The beer, food, service, live music and atmosphere were just what we needed after our shocking 30+ mile bike trip.
Next time (and there will definitely be a next time!) we will start at Grain h2o and bike to one end and/or the other (most likely the Delaware City end, as it was more interesting).

road biking
6 months ago

nice path. we accessed from Lums Pond parking area and rode to the trail head in MD near Schaefer's Canal House. It could use a little better signage. at one point the paved trail turns up a hill away from the canal. We stayed in the gravel path along the canal. This wasn't too bad and we enjoyed the view. The two paths joined up again so we took the paved path on the return trip.

trail running
Saturday, November 05, 2016

Great place to run and then have lunch at the resturants at the start of the trail. Since the areas connect Delaware City and Chesapeake, MD you can run about 14 miles and then loop back.

road biking
5 months ago

11 months ago

Monday, September 19, 2016