On the off chance that you are planning to combine a day’s hiking with learning more about Maryland’s history, spend a day on the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail. The picturesque and paved 13-mile trail lies on 112 acres and overflows with beautiful history lessons. The trail lies along the Annapolis and Baltimore Short Line railway, which began running trains carrying cargo and passengers in 1880. It greatly influenced the makeup of the suburbs around Washington, D.C. Currently, the trail’s course snakes through woods, parks, and neighborhoods.
For those who would like to do a bit of shopping during the journey, the Marley Station shopping center will be awaiting them on the trail. History fans can visit the Earleigh Statures Officer Station, which was constructed in 1889. Several pocket parks also lie on the trail. These are beguiling, gardened alcoves offering tables for those who would like to rest, take a break, and have refreshments. An example is Severna Park, located close to the Park Plaza Shopping Center, where the Pedal Pushers shop rents bicycles to trail goers. Local shops also offer ice cream and frozen yogurt for hikers looking for a delicious way to cool off.
History From A to Z
Volunteers maintain the kiosks and colorful flower gardens of the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail and are earnest in beautifying the route seasonally. Historical markers from A to Z sit along the trail. The Winchester Station House, in Manresa at the Annapolis head of the trail, is “A” on mile 0.1. Sawmill Branch, the water and power source of locals in the early 18th century, is “Z” at mile 13.3.
Sponsored by NASA, a fascinating exhibit featuring our solar system awaits trail goers close to Harundale Mall. Planet Walk boasts displays for 9 planets and the Sun along the 4.7 mile section of the B&A Trail between Glen Burnie and Severna Park. The Sun and each planet are accurate to scale and are accompanied by educational storyboards providing scientific facts regarding our solar system.
B&B Near the Trail
The Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Park is only a 16-minute drive from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed and breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.