Caroline County

Caroline County is one of the eight counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and is located in the upper portion of this region. The county seat is Denton, located near the middle of this long, narrow county. Other towns include Federalsburg, Ridgely, Greensboro, and Goldsboro.

Caroline County has 289+ species reported on eBird. For the county eBird checklist, eBird hotspots, and more, click here.

View a comparison of Maryland counties based on total number of species reported on eBird.

Like other Eastern Shore counties, Caroline is predominantly rural, with residences scattered among agricultural fields. Caroline County currently ranks seventh nationally in terms of land protected under the Agricultural Preservation Program. Some areas remain forested and wetlands are found throughout the county. Major waterways include the Choptank River and Tuckahoe Creek, as well as the man-made Williston Lake.

Adjacent counties are Queen Anne’s to the northwest; Talbot to the west; and Dorchester to the south. The state of Delaware lies to the east.  Caroline is a land-locked county, without frontage on the Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic Ocean.

The major north-south road is MD Route 311/313.  MD Route 16 heads toward the southeast corner of the county. MD Route 404 goes diagonally across the middle of the county from northwest to southeast.

To view the State Highway Administration’s printable road map of Caroline County (PDF format), please click here.

The local chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society is the Caroline County Bird Club.

Explore birding sites in Caroline County by choosing from the list below.