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Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Maryland

 

In Perryville

In Perryville

The route through Maryland is 166 miles long.  The completed trail segments together equal 53 miles or 32% of the route.  Off-road trails include portions of the Torrey C. Brown Trail, Jones Falls Trail, Gwynn’s Falls Trail, BWI Trail, John Overstreet Trail, B & A
Trail, Colonial Annapolis Maritime Trail, WB & A Trail and the Anacostia Tributary Trails.  The East Coast Greenway connects colonial cities and towns with beautiful rural landscapes, allowing the traveler to enjoy the countryside while keeping urban amenities close at hand. Entering Maryland from the north at Newark, Delaware, the route begins on road in Elkton, then heads west to Perryville at the mouth of the Susquehanna River.

In Perryville, go around the point at the Perry Point VA Medical Center, where there are wonderful views of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.

There is no pedestrian or bicycle access allowed on the Route 40 Hatum Bridge. To cross the Susquehanna over the Hatem Bridge, travelers can use the new MTA bus service. Route 420 runs during the weekday, Monday through Friday. The schedule can be found here. Please note that there is no bus service on weekends. Travelers need to call a cab service to get across the bridge Saturday or Sunday.

Once across the mighty Susquehana, Havre de Grace is a jewel on its south shore. There are many place to eat and stay overnight. Continuing west beyond the Susquehanna, travelers cross rural Harford County to Monkton and the first designated trail segment – the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail. The NCO/Torry C. Brown Rail Trail crosses Harford County’s scenic country roads to Cockeysville. The Ashland Amish Market is along that route and makes for a nice stop.

Riding the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail

Riding the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail

There is one more on-road section before the route picks up the Jones Falls Trail into Baltimore. The remainder of the route that links Baltimore with Annapolis and Washington, DC is one of the most complete sections of Greenway. Shorter on-road sections link together lengthy stretches of completed BWI, Baltimore & Annapolis and Acacostia Tributary trails, making the going easier as the population density increases.

Susquehana Safe Crossing Coalition

The East Coast Greenway Alliance is leading the Susquehanna Safe Crossing Coalition, advocating for a bicycle and pedestrian bridge to be constructed with the Amtrak Bridge being built across the mouth of the Susquehanna River at the Chesapeake Bay.  To support this effort please sign this petition. The petition supports the efforts of the Coalition which is a group of non-profits that together reach out to 40,000,000 people.

Trail Alert:

The Governors Bridge Road bridge across the Patuxent River is closed.  Our route is currently detoured to the following route.

Southbound:

At Governors Bridge Road continue straight from Rossback onto Pauxent River Road.  Turn right on Central Avenue, then turn right on Queen Bridge Road, then right on Mill Branch Road.  Continue straight across Route 301 onto Excalibur Road then turn right onto Mitchellville Road.  You rejoin the route by making a left at Collington Road.  For northbound please reverse these directions.  The detour is also found on out computer based trip planning software.  You can find this at map.greenway.org

LINKS:

Maryland Trip Planner
Maryland Committee for the ECG

Trail Status & Plans

32% of Maryland’s 166-mile route is complete as off-road trail, and another 14% is in development. Most of the identified future trail is either in development or planning, so goals in Maryland revolve primarily around finding routing options in gap areas. To learn more about the trail progress and activities in Maryland, visit the Maryland Committee page.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A DETOUR BETWEEN ANNAPOLIS AND BOWIE DUE TO THE GOVERNOR”S BRIDGE CLOSURE.  See our website or download our app for iPhone or Android onto your phone for routing.

Publications

Guide to the ECG in Maryland / DC, published April, 2013. Download here, or order a hardcopy here (cost is $5 for shipping and handling).

ECG Maps and Cue Sheets
The ECG Trip Planner allows you to generate customized point-to-point cue sheets for your ECG trip, with accompanying maps and elevation profiles, or to export your route as a GPX file to load onto your Garmin or other GPS device. The ECG smartphone app (available for both iPhone and Android) makes on-the-route navigation easy.

Partners and Supporters in Maryland

The ECGA is proud to be working with many great partners to bring the project to completion in the state of Maryland. Partners include but are not limited to:
Anne Arundel County Trails
Baltimore Spokes

Bike Maryland
Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County
C&O Canal Association
Capital Hiking Club
Cecil County Department of Planning & Zoning
Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails
Harford County Department of Parks & Recreation
Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway
Maryland Department of Transportation
Maryland Transportation Authority
Potomac Heritage Partnership
Wanderbirds Hiking Club

Maryland Mile Sponsors

Thank you for your support! Your inscriptions are listed on a kiosk along the B&A Trail in Severna Park, as well as on this website. Find out more about the Mile Sponsor Program.

Maryland Mile Sponsors are listed on a kiosk along the B&A Trail.

Maryland Mile Sponsors are listed on a kiosk along the B&A Trail.

More information on biking, trails, and greenways in Maryland

There are numerous organizations and websites that offer additional information trails, greenways, and biking in Maryland.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Anne Arundel County Trails
Baltimore Spokes
C&O Canal Association
Harford County Department of Parks & Recreation
Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway 
Potomac Heritage Partnership
Wanderbirds Hiking Club 

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