northern reaches of the Chester River are not paddled as often
as the southern. A half-day trip, however, can be equally rewarding
and less challenging in a southwest breeze. In the vicinity
, the Chester's shores
are lined with private residences; and for nearly a quarter
mile below the bridge between Chestertown and Kingstown, the
western shore is lined with 18th Century homes, all beautifully
preserved. The river above and below Chestertown is broad and
the countryside is peaceful and verdant. Farms come down to
the water for much of the way in both directions.
indicates a put-in point for kayaks or canoes. Directions
to each from the main road are included below.
has recently renovated the area at the foot of High Street to
create a riverfront park for picnickers and pedestrians.
It has enhanced an already-charming colonial town, but paddlers
who wish to launch from Chestertown proper may want to use the
public dock and parking area adjacent to the Old Wharf Restaurant,
one block south.
To see a larger map of the upper reaches, click here.