The Easton Rails to Trails runs from Dutchmans Lane in southern Easton, Maryland, to North Easton Parka large sports complexover 2.5 miles away. The trail opened in 1998 and has been a popular local amenity since that time.
Because it runs directly through Easton's historic downtown, the trail provides great access for many of the town's residents to local stores and schools. An original railroad station also sits along the trail near its midpoint south of Goldsborough Street. The depot has been converted to a museum and visitors center.
The route of the abandoned Chesapeake Railroad line that the Easton Rails to Trails occupies is actually intact to the village of Cordova to Easton's north, and most of the corridor is preserved even farther north to Clayton, Delaware (over 50 miles away). However, there are currently no concrete plans in place to complete this extension.
Instead, Easton is working to construct a second rail-trail on another abandoned corridor. This planned trail will begin at the existing Easton Rails to Trails between Idlewild Avenue and Maryland Avenue and travel northwest to the Tred Avon River. A future bridge will span the waterway to carry trail users to the neighborhood of Easton Village.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking for the Easton Rails to Trails can be found in Idelwild Park, which is appropriately located on Idelwild Avenue. Bike or walk two blocks east from the park to access the trail. At the trail's northern end, park at North East Park off Village Street.
Worthwhile if you're already in the area
I've had the chance to jog this short trail twice while visiting in the area. The trail is traversed by several roads, though Eastonians usually stop their vehicles when they see a pedestrian waiting to cross. One direction is residential and lined with ...