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Charles County, Maryland

Heavenly Waters Route, 68 miles (red route)

Heavenly Waters Route, 68 miles (red route)

Cyclists looking for a little inspiration will surely find it on this route. Begin at historic Mt. Carmel Monastery, home of the first order of religious women in Colonial America. Head south on Mitchell Road across to Valley Road and take a right on Route 6. Follow thye left fork to Chapel Point Road and Chapel Point State Park. Adjacent to this park is St. Ignatius Church, situated on a bluff overlooking the Port Tobacco River. The beauty of this landscape will surely inspire your spirit. Follow Chapel Point Road to a right on Route 301 South. A right onto Pope's Creek Road will take ytou past the "crabhouse capital of the Potomac" with three restaurants overlooking the water. Take a right onto Edge Hill Road and cross Route 301 to Route 257 towards Cobb Island. Christ Church, Wm & Mary Parish, holds Civil War history as here Union troops were quartered. Follow Route 257 to Rock Point and look out over the Wicomico River or take Route 254 to Cobb Island and cycle through a quaint waterside community. Turn back north and bear right onto scenic Mt. Victoria Road and then right again onto route 257 and right heading north on Route 301. Take a right onto Bel Alton - Newton Road, to a left on Spring Hill Newton Road, then a right on Glen Albin Road, and continue on Oak Road into the county seat of La Plata. See Christ Church which was originally located in Port Tobacco and moved brick by brick on oxcart to La Plata in 1904. Turn left on Route 6/Charles Street and continue across Route 301 which becomes Port Tobacco Road. Right on Valley Road, then Mitchell Road will bring you home!

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