Northern Central Railroad Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A walk along 8 miles of the 20-mile Maryland section of the Northern Central Railroad Trail, a converted rail-trail through the rolling countryside of northern Baltimore County. Stow a bicycle at the south end for a 16-mile hike-bike excursion. The trail follows the railbed of one of the oldest railroads in America —the Northern Central, completed in 1838. It operated as a milk train, taking daily early-morning runs into Baltimore.
The passenger line carried Civil War wounded from Gettysburg to Baltimore, then carried the body of President Abraham Lincoln north en route to his burial in Illinois. It later become a commuter rail, with daily service to Baltimore until 1959. Special considerations: The trail is 10 feet wide, composed of crushed limestone. At the northern section there is plenty of solitude. As you approach Monkton, weekend bicycle traffic can be substantial. If you want the Monk- ton section all to yourself, travel midweek or, best of all, in winter."