Betterton, Maryland

Betterton was once a thriving beach resort and is located on the site of an early farm named 'Fish Hall'. When the first house in Betterton was torn down in the early 1900's, skulls were found under the floor boards. Historians tell us the skulls had been buried to keep the 'spooks' away!

With the coming of the steamboat, Betterton developed as a resort. The Turner family was a main force in this development and the town was named for Richard Turner's wife, Elizabeth Betterton. With the decline of the steamboat traffic, the influx of visitors diminished.

Swimming at Betterton Beach


This 5 acre landscaped, family oriented waterfront park is the largest of two public beaches in the county on the Chesapeake Bay. (The other is in Rock Hall). The exceptional sandy beach has 300 feet of frontage for swimming and 700 feet of shoreline access.

It is equipped with a bathhouse with public restrooms and 500 feet of boardwalk, with benches, lighting and handicap access. A picnic pavilion is located on a bayview bluff. There is a fishing jetty with a surface walk, a public pier and improved parking areas. Boating is available from a public landing and pier.

The park is located near the mouth of the Sassafras River at the northwest part of the county, where fresh water currents lower the salinity of the upper Chesapeake and free Betterton's waters of sea nettles, which in late June or July often interrupt swimming lower down in the Bay.

Map showing location of Betterton