The Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Chesapeake Bay

By Deane Winegar. Foreword by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Here you will find the entire contents of the best-selling book about the Chesapeake Bay.

This Web site, which also exists as a book, has more than 170,000 words, 23 maps, 46 sidebars, and numerous illustrations covering the Chesapeake Bay. There are two ways to find information: the expandable book map below (find the area you are interested in and click) and the Sherpa Search search engine (above).

The book is one volume in the Longstreet Highroad Guides series of 19 books by Longstreet Press. Outdoor enthusiasts can use the Longstreet Highroad Guides series to plan excursions to other coastal areas including the Georgia Coast, the Florida Keys and Everglades, Chesapeake Bay, the Maine coast, the Washington and Oregon coast, and the California coast. The mountain series highlights Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Washington Cascades, Oregon Cascades, Colorado, California, and Arizona. You may want to read book reviews about the series.

This comprehensive guidebook brings together the natural history and features of the bay in a format that is easy to use and packed with detailed information. Explore trails and boardwalks where wildlife abounds. Visit the site of the first British settlements in the New World. Discover quiet back roads and towns off the beaten path where watermen still make their living from the riches of the bay. This is the indispensable reference for first-time visitors as well as seasoned explorers.

This site features the best natural areas, lodging, and restaurants of the Chesapeake Bay. A useful companion for hikers, bikers, campers, anglers, scenic drivers, wildlife watchers, and history buffs who want to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay’s beautiful and wild coast. A complete index makes planning a trip to the bay easy.

Web site wear you out?

All of this content is available in dead trees (book) form for those who may want to carry it with them on the hiking trails, beaches, river campsites, or historic sites. Or just admire it on their coffee table. Published in 1999, the book is 352 pages long, has 23 maps, is printed 2-color and measures 7x9 inches. Includes 60 original drawings, photographs, appendices, and an index. ISBN 1-56352-544-5. $18.95. Read Book reviews. Buy the Book.

About the Author

Deane Dozier Winegar lives in the Blue Ridge at the southern end of Shenandoah National Park and is a native of Staunton, Virginia. During her years as a newspaper reporter, an in-depth series on stream channelization won a state writing award and Trout Unlimited’s Silver Trout Award, and her wildlife photography has captured numerous blue ribbons in exhibits up and down the East Coast. She and her husband, Garvey Winegar (outdoors editor for the Richmond Times-Dispatch), coauthored the Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Virginia Mountains, winner of the Excellence in Craft Award from the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association.


Front Matter

The Natural History of the Chesapeake Bay

Mouth of the Chesapeake Bay

The Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck

Southern Maryland

Central Maryland

Head of the Chesapeake Bay

The Eastern Shore: Maryland

The Eastern Shore: Virginia



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