Maryland Route 213 (MD 213) is a 68.25-mile (109.84 km) state highway located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the United States. The route runs from Maryland Route 662 in Wye Mills, Queen Anne's County north to the Pennsylvania border in Cecil County, where it continues into that state as Pennsylvania Route 841. The route, which is a two-lane undivided highway its entire length, passes through mostly rural areas as well as the communities of Centreville, Chestertown, Galena, Cecilton, Chesapeake City, and Elkton. MD 213 intersects many routes including U.S. Route 50 near Wye Mills, U.S. Route 301 near Centreville, and U.S. Route 40 in Elkton. It crosses over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in Chesapeake City on the Chesapeake City Bridge. Maryland Route 213 is designated by the state as the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway between the southern terminus and Chesapeake City with the portion north of Maryland Route 18 in Centreville a National Scenic Byway. In addition, the route is also considered part of the Atlantic to Appalachians Scenic Byway between Chesapeake City and Maryland Route 273 in Fair Hill.
The route was initially designated as U.S. Route 213 in 1926 when the U.S. Highway System was established, running from Ocean City to US 40 in Elkton. By 1940, it was realigned to the US 50 corridor between Mardela Springs and Easton, having previously followed Maryland Route 313, Maryland Route 14, and Maryland Route 331 between these two points, and Maryland Route 280 was designated along current MD 213 north of US 40. In 1949, US 50 replaced US 213 south of Wye Mills. The route was then downgraded to MD 213 by 1975, and was subsequently extended to the Pennsylvania border along the alignment of MD 280, whose signs consequently were taken down.
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