Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Maryland
The route through Maryland 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. There is no pedestrian or bicycle access allowed on the bridge. To cross the Susquehanna over the Hatem Bridge, travelers can use the new MTA bus service, route 420 runs during the daytime Monday to Friday, the schedule can be found at this web address http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/transportation/ . Please note that there is no bus service on weekends. Travelers would have to call a cab service to get across the bridge.
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. https://www.change.org/p/maryland-department-of-transportation-ensure-that-the-new-amtrak-susquehanna-river-bridge-will-accommodate-cyclists-and-walkers The petition supports the efforts of the Coalition which is a group of Non-Profits that together reach out to 40,000,000 people.
Continuing west beyond the Susquehanna, travelers cross rural Harford County to Monkton and the first designated trail segment – the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail. One more on-road section and 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 trail, making the going easier as the population density increases.
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.
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 iPhones 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
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
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 (click on “outdoor activities”): www.dnr.state.md.us
Anne Arundel County Trails: www.aacounty.org/RecParks/parks/trails/index.cfm
Baltimore Spokes: www.baltimorespokes.org
C&O Canal Association: www.candocanal.org
Harford County Department of Parks & Recreation: www.harfordcountymd.gov/parks_rec/
Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway: www.lshgreenway.org
Potomac Heritage Partnership: www.potomacheritage.org
Wanderbirds Hiking Club: www.wanderbirds.org