Get Rural in Caroline County

Spend a day exploring Caroline County – the perfect destination for heritage enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and those seeking a relaxing, rural getaway.

Take an inspiring drive along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway that follows in the footsteps of Harriet Tubman and others who fled from slavery in the 1800s. Visit sites from Harriet’s early years and learn the stories of her escape and repeated returns to rescue her friends and family. This self-guided driving tour features more than 30 sites, including the Linchester Mill, set amidst a secret network of abolitionists’ safe houses, and the James H. Webb Cabin, a hand-hewn log home built by a free African American farmer around 1852.

Experience the homegrown flavors of Caroline County. Pick your own produce or visit local farm stands and markets brimming with field to table freshness. Be sure to visit the recently renovated Caroline Culinary Arts Center. Housed in a historic schoolhouse, this destination offers cooking classes, local fare to eat in or take out, and Shore Gourmet Denton Market, where you’ll find locally made specialty food items. From cafes and fine dining, to brew pubs and cider tasting rooms, there is something for everyone.

Have an agritourism adventure while visiting. Pick your own lavender at Smokey Cat Lavender Farm, take a tour of Outstanding Dreams or Tuckahoe Treasures Alpaca Farms and meet their lovable alpacas, or visit Harvest Ridge, a family-farm winery nestled in the beautiful countryside.

With two State Parks, as well as private campgrounds, Caroline County is an outdoor lover’s dream. Explore Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre native garden and nature preserve. Hit the trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding through forests and meadows. Paddlers will find Caroline’s unspoiled waterways teeming with wildlife. Of course, you can fish on the Choptank or Tuckahoe rivers for your dinner, and hunt on thousands of acres of state and privately-owned lands with a knowledgeable local guide or on your own. Check local seasons and requirements.

Explore Caroline County’s charming small towns. Visit galleries, shops and antique stores, meet the wonderful shop owners, and find the perfect treasure to take home. Arts enthusiasts won’t want to miss a visit to the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES). Located in Denton’s Artsway, here folks will find rotating fiber arts exhibits, classes, workshops and more. Also in the Artsway is the Foundry Community Arts Gallery, where you can find works of art crafted by local artists.

History enthusiasts will want to visit Caroline County’s many heritage attractions. The Museum of Rural Life, located just off the picturesque Courthouse Square in downtown Denton, pays homage to Caroline County’s agrarian roots. Visitors to the museum will find portions of four historic houses, including an entire circa 1824 log cabin home of a tenant farmer. Other heritage destinations include the Ridgely Train Station, the Greensboro Museum, the Preston Historical Society Museum and the Federalsburg Area Heritage Museum.

Come get rural in Caroline County, Maryland. You belong here! Plan your adventure online at

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