MA & PA Heritage Trail

Maryland


Bende in the trail south of the Harford County Equine Center & Fairgrounds.
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Crosswalk at N. Tollgate Road, looking towards the trailhead and decorative arch on the opposite side.
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Heading south through the woods towards Annie's Playground and Fallston. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Swampy woodlands off the section between the Harford County Equine Center and Annie's Playground.
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A golf course can be seen through the trees off the trail south of the Harford County Equine Center and Fairgrounds. Taken Aug. 2014.
Uploaded: 1/16/2015
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Boardwalks carry the trail over several wetlands and streams on its southern section, near Fallston. Taken Aug. 2014.
Uploaded: 1/16/2015
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The giant Bitternut Hickory Tree, located next to the Pet Memorial.
Uploaded: 1/15/2015
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Pet memorial, in honor of deceased pets, off the trail south of the Harford County Equine Center.
Uploaded: 1/15/2015
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Interpretive sign at the large hickory tree, located in the woods off the trail south of the Harford County Equine Center. Taken Aug. 2014.
Uploaded: 1/14/2015
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Sign marking the branch path from the trail to the pet memorial and a large, hickory tree. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Branch path to the pet memorial, which is back in the woods south of the Harford County Equine Center.
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Winding through the rolling hills west of Bel Air.
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Another view of the County Home Park playground. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Lake and fountain in County Home Park.
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Descending another slope, this one behind the Harford County Equine Center & Fairgrounds. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Passing behind the Harford County Equine Center.
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Children enjoying the warm, summer sun in the County Home Park playground. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Lake and playground at County Home Park. Taken Aug. 2014.
Uploaded: 1/13/2015
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Descending the hill between the Harford Equine Center and Fairgrounds and County Home Park.
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Picturesque County Home Park; located just off the trail next to the Harford County Equine Center and Fairgrounds. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Father and son walking their dogs near the Harford County Equine Center and Fairgrounds. Taken Aug. 2014.
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The trail briefly follows the driveway into the Harford Equine Center & Fairgrounds south of N. Tollgate Road.
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Crossing N. Tollgate Road, immediately west of the Harford County Equine Center and south of the new trailhead, which can be seen on the right. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Shady trail.
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Meandering through suburbs west of Bel Air. Taken Aug. 2014.
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The trail gets very narrow as it parallels N. Tollgate Road beneath the Route 1 underpass. Cyclists should dismount.
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This woman and her dogs were accessing the trail via the branch path from Harford Mall. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Water tank off the Harford Mall Branch Path, seen against an azure, late summer sky. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Another scene along the branch path to the Harford Mall.
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The trail passes under Route 24 through this tunnel, located immediately southeast of the Route 1 interchange. Taken Aug. 2014.
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The main trail continues straight before turning into the tunnel under Route 24, seen in the distance, while the spur path to the Harford Mall extends up the hill to the left. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Sign at the beginning of the branch path to the Harford Mall. It's great when businesses take the initiative and lend their support to projects like these, instead of letting the burden fall entirely on the taxpayer. Taken Aug. 2014.
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This sidewalk connects the trail with a nearby condo/apartment complex near the Harford Mall. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Jogging through the woods near the Route 24 tunnel.
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Splitting off from the main trail just south of the Route 24 tunnel, this branch path ascends the hill toward the Harford Mall. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Smooth, wide path.
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Starting them young: In addition to taking their toddler son with them, this couple was getting their next child on the trail before it was even born. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Paved section of the trail south of Route 24.
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The path of the southern, completed section of the trail diverges from the old rail line in several spots, and, therefore is not level. Taken Aug. 2014.
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These women, one of whom was pushing her child in the baby stroller, were enjoying an afternoon on the trail.
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Hopefully, the trail will meet this goal sometime in the near future.
Uploaded: 1/13/2015
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Winding through the forest.
Uploaded: 1/12/2015
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View from the trail in the forest between N. Tollgate Road and Route 24.
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After passing under Route 1, the trail turns north into the wooded greenbelt that stretches along the west side of Bel Air.
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Approaching the underpass beneath Route 1, which the trail shares with N. Tollgate Road. Taken July 2014.
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Was this small parking lot across from the Harford County Equine Center the original trailhead? If so, it has since been replaced with a much nicer one a little further up N. Tollgate Road. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Winding behind a house off N. Tollgate Road. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Trail users enjoying a warm, late-summer day near the Harford County Equine Center. Taken Aug. 2014.
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This couple was enjoying a day on the trail near the Harford County Equine Center. I love the message on the womans' shirt!
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Looking through the trees toward the Harford County Equine Center and fairgrounds.
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Looking across N. Tollgate Road to the grounds of the Harford County Equine Center and fairgrounds.
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Mile marker off N. Tollgate Road, just beyond the Route 1 underpass.
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Much of the trail is shaded, providing a cool, pleasant experience in the hot summer months. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Decorative arch across the trail off N. Tollgate Road. Taken Aug. 2014.
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Uploaded: 3/16/2014
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Southern terminus of the north section of the trail at Melrose Lane next to Blake's Venture.
Uploaded: 6/21/2012
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Plaque explaining how Blake's Venture got its name
Uploaded: 6/21/2012
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Another view of the wetland from the bridge across Bynum Run. Taken May 2012.
Uploaded: 6/21/2012
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The trail crosses a wetland adjacent to Bynum Run just west of Blake's Venture. According to an interpretive sign (unfortunately, it's difficult to read because of vandalism), the wetland was formed by a beaver dam on the creek!
Uploaded: 6/21/2012
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The density of the woods on either side of the trail gives the impression of a 'green tunnel.'
Uploaded: 6/21/2012
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The picket fence that the residents of this house placed to demarcate their yard from the trail doubles as scenery enhancement.
Uploaded: 6/21/2012
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Passing through wooded serenity on a warm, spring evening.
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South of Route 23, the trail threads a path through the woods that form buffers between nearby developments. Intentional or not, the formation of this greenbelt is a model for preserving nature from being consumed by sprawl.
Uploaded: 6/21/2012
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One of the many branch paths that connect the trail to adjacent subdivisions and parks. These connections make the trail a valuable asset to the suburbs north and west of Bel Air and provide a 'greener' alternative to automobile travel.
Uploaded: 6/21/2012
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View of the tunnel from the south side of Route 23
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Approaching the Route 23 tunnel from the north. This tunnel is much smaller than the one on the southern section of the trail that passes under Route 24 near the Harford Mall.
Uploaded: 6/21/2012
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The trail gradually slopes toward the tunnel under Route 23.
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Another view of the pond. Although you can't really see it in this pic, a rainbow was visible in the sky in the background.
Uploaded: 6/21/2012
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View of the stormwater basin/duck pond from the trail. Taken May 2012.
Uploaded: 6/21/2012
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After heading south from Newport Drive, the trail passes a cell-phone tower and stormwater basin/pond before passing under Route 23 through a pedestrian tunnel. Users are advised to stop and admire the ducks and geese that have taken up residence here.
Uploaded: 6/21/2012
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After a 1500-foot concurrency with Newport Drive, the trail resumes near a stormwater basin that doubles as a duck pond.
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Looking north from Newport Drive toward Friends Park. Users should be careful when passing the construction site adjacent to the trail.
Uploaded: 6/21/2012
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Sign marking the end of the on-road concurrency along Newport Drive near Forest Hills.
Uploaded: 6/21/2012
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Passing a construction site off Newport Drive
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Looking south toward Newport Drive from Friends Park in Forest Hill. Taken May 2012.
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Trail users enjoying an evening stroll on the Bel Air (middle) segment, May 2012.
Uploaded: 5/18/2012
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Looking south through the woods on the Bel Air (middle) section of the trail.
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Gazing out at the lush forest at the overlook near the bridge over Heavenly Waters.
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A mother pushing her child in a stroller on the trail near the Heavenly Waters overlook. Taken May 2012.
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Interpretive plaque at the start of the Liondendron Spur, explaining the history of the famous local landmark.
Uploaded: 5/18/2012
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Intersection of the main trail, which bears right, and the Liondendron Spur, which heads into the woods and climbs a steep hill, ending at a parking lot just north of the mansion.
Uploaded: 5/18/2012
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Winding through the woods on a spring day. Taken May 2012.
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This interesting sculpture can be found on the strip of land between the trail and Route 24 just west of the tunnel.
Uploaded: 5/18/2012
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Looking through the tunnel under Route 24.
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The trail passes under Route 24 through a culvert tunnel. The tunnel is dark, but otherwise provides a model for taking trails under major highways and active railroads.
Uploaded: 5/18/2012
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Bridge across appropriately named Heavenly Waters in the woods on Bel Air's west end. The main trail turns rightward at the fork on the far side of the bridge, while the left fork leads to a branch trail that goes up a hill to the Liondendron mansion.
Uploaded: 5/18/2012
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The trail links several subdivisions west and north of Bel Air.
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One nice feature of the trail is signs that show distances to points farther along, much like a highway
Uploaded: 6/6/2011
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The southern terminus of the Fallston section of the trail is at Annie's Playground, a park off Connolly Road.
Uploaded: 6/6/2011
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Southern terminus of the Fallston section of the trail, located at Annie's Playground.
Uploaded: 6/6/2011
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Rolling meadows near Fallston. Wouldn't know you were on the edge of suburbia.
Uploaded: 6/6/2011
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Family enjoying the trail; taken on the boardwalk at the southern approach to the bridge
Uploaded: 6/6/2011
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View from the bridge
Uploaded: 6/6/2011
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Looking south across the bridge on the Fallston section of the trail
Uploaded: 6/6/2011
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The trail enters the woods and the surface turns to stone north of the bridge
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This small plaza features signage interpreting the local flora and fauna
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The last half-mile of the trail near Fallston is paved and lined with young trees; this is not just a trail, it's a linear park.
Uploaded: 6/6/2011
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Gardens located off trail near southern terminus of Fallston section at Annie's Playground. Taken June 5, 2011.
Uploaded: 6/6/2011
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Sign at the current, northern terminus of the Bel Air portion of the trail informs users of future extension plans.
Uploaded: 6/6/2011
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Taken at the current, northern terminus of the Bel Air section of the trail. Plans call for the trail to be extended northeast to connect to the Forest Hill-Bynum section.
Uploaded: 6/6/2011
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Looking south on the Forest Hill section of the Ma and Pa Trail. Taken on a sunny, late spring/early summer day, June 5, 2011
Uploaded: 6/6/2011
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Sign at the northern terminus of the Forest Hill section of the trail. Taken June 5, 2011
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