Place:Smith Island, Somerset, Maryland, United States


NameSmith Island
TypeCensus-designated place
Coordinates37.969°N 76.023°W
Located inSomerset, Maryland, United States

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Smith Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Somerset County, Maryland, United States. It is included in the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. The community is located in the central part of the island also called Smith Island, the northern part of which is the Martin National Wildlife Refuge, and the southern part of which lies in Accomack County, Virginia.

In the last 150 years, Smith Island has lost over of wetlands due to erosion into the Chesapeake Bay. To prevent the island from being lost to erosion, restoration efforts will be ongoing for the next 50 years to restore of submerged aquatic vegetation and of wetlands.

People traveling to Smith Island can only access it by boat. Passenger-only ferries connect Smith Island at Ewell to Solomons, Maryland, to the west, and Crisfield, Maryland, to the east. One visitor, the author William Least Heat-Moon, described his conversations with islanders in his best-selling book Blue Highways.

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