Baltimore and Annapolis BandA

Glen Burnie, Maryland

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The B&A Trail serves as Anne Arundel’s linear island in the most congested part of the county. This park provides a haven for bikers, strollers, and hikers. The B&A Trail, a rails-to-trails park that is part of the East Coast Greenway, follows the old Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad from Glen Burnie in the north (not quite Baltimore) to Annapolis in the south. The 115-acre park runs as a 10-foot-wide paved path that follows a more or less straight line along Ritchie Highway and the more twisty Baltimore- Annapolis Boulevard to MD 50 heading into Annapolis. It’s interesting to note that the boulevard and the highway, built to accommodate the increased automobile traffic, hastened the end of the short line railroad. Nowadays, Baltimore- Annapolis Boulevard has been increasingly displaced by Interstate 97, the Baltimore–Annapolis Expressway, built to connect Maryland’s capital with its largest city. So the railroad corridor, once rendered obsolete, has now become popular again, despite the presence of the boulevard, the highway, and the interstate.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

The B&A Trail serves as Anne Arundel’s linear island in the most congested part of the county. This park provides a haven for bikers, strollers, and hikers. The B&A Trail, a rails-to-trails park that is part of the East Coast Greenway, follows the old Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad from Glen Burnie in the north (not quite Baltimore) to Annapolis in the south. The 115-acre park runs as a 10-foot-wide paved path that follows a more or less straight line along Ritchie Highway and the more twisty Baltimore- Annapolis Boulevard to MD 50 heading into Annapolis.

It’s interesting to note that the boulevard and the highway, built to accommodate the increased automobile traffic, hastened the end of the short line railroad. Nowadays, Baltimore- Annapolis Boulevard has been increasingly displaced by Interstate 97, the Baltimore–Annapolis Expressway, built to connect Maryland’s capital with its largest city. So the railroad corridor, once rendered obsolete, has now become popular again, despite the presence of the boulevard, the highway, and the interstate.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Glen Burnie
Distance: 12.7
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4–4.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Relay, Curtis Bay, Round Bay, Gibson Island
Driving Directions: Directions to Baltimore and Annapolis (B&A)

Recent Trail Reviews

1/1/2014
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Excellent trail. Started in Severna Park, and walked all the way home down to the Naval Support Activity Annapolis on the Severn River. Not to strenuous - a good starter hike.


8/1/2008
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Decent taste of nature within the urban jungle. Basically small asphalt over old railroad tracks. Good road biking with places to stop for ice cream along the way.


9/23/2007
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We started our bike ride at Marley Station Mall and headed south. After about 3 miles of town views the trail started to look scenic and serene. The trail is fairly easy with paved road and no long ascents. There are many places to stop and grab a bite to eat or just refresh your water supply. On the ride back we went north past the mall to get to the beginning of the trail but we soon turned back. North of the mall is a conjested city with many busy street crossing and is far less scenic then the southern part of the trail. Over all it is a ride I would take again.



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