The Jones Falls Trail offers a scenic route into Baltimore, and the B&A Trail leads delightfully to the port city of Annapolis.
Greenway highlights in Maryland include the scenic Jones Falls Trail into Baltimore, the rural Torrey C. Brown trail north of Baltimore, and the B&A Trail leading delightfully to the port city of Annapolis.
Entering Maryland from the north at Newark, Delaware, the route heads west on road to connect a number of historic towns nestled along the northernmost reaches of the Chesapeake Bay, including Elkton, Charlestown, and Perryville, which is located right at the mouth of the Susquehanna River across the river from Havre de Grace.
Biking between Perryville and Havre de Grace takes careful consideration and planning. Experienced cyclists can cross the Hatem Bridge, but only on weekends, dawn to dusk, and holidays. 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. Note that cyclists are charged an eastbound toll of $8. Travelers should read through the Maryland Transporation Authority FAQs on the Thomas Hatem Bridge, On weekdays there is also the option of taking the local Harford Link bus that can carry two bicycles on its front rack across the Susquehanna River. The closest detour around the Hatem is the Conowingo Dam, which adds an extra 11-mile trip to the north and back.
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 unpaved and forested Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail (also known as the Northern Central Rail Trail) — to Cockeysville. The Ashland Amish Market makes for a nice stop along the route.
Another on-road section connects to the Jones Falls Trail, which takes travelers down into Inner Harbor of Baltimore. The route linking Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, DC is one of the most complete sections of Greenway. Shorter on-road sections link together lengthy stretches of trails, including the BWI Trail, the Baltimore & Annapolis (B&A) Trail, and the Washington Baltimore & Annapolis (WB&A) Trail.
Connecting suburban communities into Washington, DC, is the northeast branch of the Anacostia Tributary trails, making the going easier and more scenic as the population density increases.
Mileage counts reflect the portion of each trail that is part of East Coast Greenway.
Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail (Northern Central Rail Trail); 7.2 mi
Jones Falls Trail, Baltimore; 8 mi
Gwynn’s Falls Trail, Baltimore; 4.75 mi
BWI Trail, BWI Airport; 4.5 mi
B&A Trail, Annapolis-Glen Burnie; 11.8 mi
Colonial Annapolis Maritime Trail System, Annapolis; 1.2 mi
South Shore Trail, Anne Arundel Co. MD; 0.55 mi
Odenton Road Bicycle Path, Odenton; 1.3 mi
WB&A Trail, Anne Arundel County; 6 mi
Anacostia Tributary Trail System, Prince Georges County; 9 mi
Northwest Branch Trail; 1.75 mi
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