Scenic Biking to Cliffs City & Country Buffet Picnic in Rock Hall

Hey, let's go to Cliffs City! It's not actually a real city, but the trip there is a nice biking excursion through lovely countryside along the Chester River.  

After our ride, we'll drive 10 miles to Rock Hall to enjoy an old-fashioned country buffet picnic sponsored by St. John's Catholic Church. It's an all-you-can-eat Bull Roast smorgasbord for only $16.  

The Bike Ride

Our SHR group did this ride last year and had a great time. We'll meet at the parking area by Wilmer Park near the waterfront (see map above). The biking to Cliffs City is on flat country roads with little traffic because the route follows Quaker Neck Road along the Chester River on a peninsula that leads to a dead end at the river.

It's a very pretty trip through shaded woods, scenic farmland, some beautiful homes, occasional views of the Chester River, and even an historic one-room schoolhouse. On the way to Cliffs City, we'll take an inviting side road to visit Quaker Neck Landing on the Chester River.

This is a relaxed ride, so we'll take our time to enjoy the beauty of the afternoon, take rest breaks along the way, and stop to enjoy our refreshments. Bring snacks and beverages that you can carry on your bike. There's no place on this trip to buy cold drinks or snacks, and the only available toilet facilities are porta-potties by the boat ramps at Quaker Neck Landing and Cliffs City.

This ride is suitable for people who are in decent biking shape. Our pace will be about 11 mph, which is normal for most people. It's 20 miles roundtrip, and will take about three hours overall. We don't kill ourselves, but you must be able to make it riding the whole way.

At the halfway point in Cliff City, we'll stop to rest. The pubic boat ramp there offers nice views of the Chester River. Then we'll return to Chestertown following the same route.

The Country Buffet Picnic

An all-you-can-eat church picnic prepared by local folks is a great way to experience the relaxed small-town vibe of the Eastern Shore. The Bull Roast picnic at St. John's Church is an annual public fund-raising event that features an awesome full buffet with pit beef, BBQ chicken, home made side dishes, and desserts. They even have french fries and include beer in the price. All for just $16 per person.  

Check out the details and menu below:

http://www.sjbr.org/index.html

The picnic is held on the church grounds under trees and a big tent, so rain won't be a problem. The address is 5585 S Main St, Rock Hall, MD 21661. Find it on Google Maps or use your GPS. It's easy to find off the main road. 

Final Details

As this is an outdoor event, we'll need good biking weather. A few showers are okay, but we won't ride in steady rain, excessive heat, or other miserable conditions. I'll post a notice and send out an email before 8:00 am on Sunday if we need to change plans or cancel.

Call Jake at[masked] if you have questions or need to find us. I can't always hear my phone at events, but you can try me.

I hope to see you there!  

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  • Sandra Zeiser P.

    Beautiful scenic ride along the Chester River topped off with a delicious church picnic. Great Day!
    Thanks Jake for taking the time to organize.

    August 18

  • Rachel

    Thanks for organizing this trip, Jake. It was a great ride with nice people. The food at the fundraiser was great!

    August 17

  • Gloria

    Beautiful bucolic Chestertown. It's a long drive for me, but oh so worth it. This ride is a beauty, and the Church picnic was icing on the cake. Thank you Jake for organizing!

    1 · August 17

  • Jake

    We had a beautiful summer day for cycling to Cliffs City. A nice ride as always. The church picnic at Rock Hall was terrific. Lots of good food and live country music. No photos from me since I forgot my camera. Thanks to all who attended.

    2 · August 17

  • Tammy

    Have to stay close to home today! C-ya soon Jake - have a good Sunday!

    August 17

  • Tammy

    Unfortunately, since my ride cancelled I need to also cancel ( it is a long ride from Olney by myself). Looks like you are going to have perfect weather and a great day. Enjoy and I hope to see you soon!

    August 17

  • Paul

    Disappointed, need to cancel, bike still isn't finished. Looks to be a great day and will be a fun event, enjoy!

    August 17

  • Paul

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed. My bike is still at Bike Doctors having the fork replaced. :( They said they will try to have it finished by tomorrow night.

    1 · August 15

  • Tatyana

    Sorry, i have to cancel as still in CA.

    August 15

  • Rachel

    Anyone traveling from Virginia / and or Bethesda area that would like to carpool?...let me know.

    August 15

  • Christina C.

    Hi All. I don't think I can do the bike run. Haven't rode in years, but I would like to meet up for the church buffet. What approx. time will you be at St. Johns.

    August 12

    • Jake

      We hope to arrive at the picnic in Rock Hall around 2:30 pm.

      August 12

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