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In parts of Maryland, the East Coast Greenway overlaps with the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail, shown here by a trailhead near Annapolis. Dave Harp/Bay Journal photo


Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Maryland

Through Maryland, the East Coast Greenway stretches for 166 miles, connecting with colonial cities and towns and beautiful rural countryside. 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.

To ride between Havre de Grace and Perryville, you’ll cross the Hatem Bridge — open weekends, dawn to dusk, and weekdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. You must be 18 or older or have a valid driver’s license to cross the bridge on bicycle.  The bridge can close to bicycling due to weather and other issues. Cyclists are charged an eastbound toll of $8. Learn more about the Hatem Bridge.

Once across the Susquehanna, Havre de Grace is a jewel on the river’s south shore, offering restaurants and lodging. Continuing west, travelers cross rural Harford County to Monkton and the first designated trail segment – the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail — to Cockeysville. The Ashland Amish Market makes for a nice stop along the route.

One more on-road section leads to the Jones Falls Trail into Baltimore. The remainder of the route linking 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 Anacostia Tributary trails, making the going easier as the population density increases.

Current Projects

The Maryland Committee for the East Coast Greenway is made up of volunteers who are active in advocating for Maryland’s trails, greenways, and bike/ped issues. Current projects include:

  • Building a bridge over the Susquehanna River
  • Posting ECG trail signage along the entire route
  • Working with Prince Georges County to connect BWI to the Anacostia Trail system
  • Building trails in Cecil County through Elk Neck State Forest

How to get involved

  1. Join the East Coast Greenway Alliance. As a member, you’ll receive monthly news and features about the Greenway and its development.
  2. “Friend” us. For news about the Greenway, timely event notices, and other updates, follow the East Coast Greenway Alliance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  1. Contact us. Let us know of your interest in volunteering. Contact:

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 map.greenway.org.

A note on traveling through Annapolis: The East Coast Greenway route in Annapolis uses both trails and roads in which cyclists will be sharing roadway space with motor vehicles. Colonial era roads in downtown Annapolis are both scenic and historic, but tend to be quite narrow.  Users should be aware that they are on tight, shared-use roads through the downtown area, and should exercise extreme caution.”

Resources

Our 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:

Committee Resources

Download an overview map of the East Coast Greenway through Maryland

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