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You can augment your physical exercise with a mental workout on the paved B&A Trail, a 13-mile rail-trail that connects the Chesapeake Bay cities of Baltimore and Annapolis. Along with extensive historical markers, this trail features the Planet Walk, a multimile display that might challenge your perception of the solar system.
The B&A Trail follows the former route of the Annapolis and Baltimore Short Line, which began hauling passengers and freight in 1887. Ownership changed over the years, and the trains running to Annapolis—state capital and home to the U.S. Naval Academy—were electrified in 1908. The company was reincorporated as the Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad in 1935, but business dwindled after World War II until service on the remaining segment ended in the 1970s.
In Annapolis, the trail officially begins where Boulters Way intersects Winchester Road, though the nearest parking is available about 0.7 mile south from the trailhead where Boulters Way intersects Governor Ritchie Highway.
Heading north, you’ll pass a series of historical markers labeled A–Z. The A marker, at 0.1 mile, is the Winchester Station House at Manresa; Z (at 13.3 miles) identifies the Sawmill Branch, a historical source of water and power.
The route rolls through woodsy neighborhoods in Arnold. Be aware that most road crossings are at-grade, and many crosswalks do not have signals. Exceptions are the trestles across Joyce Lane in Arnold and Round Bay Road in Severna Park. Construction work on the Joyce Lane trestle that began in October 2021 was scheduled to be completed in March 2022. Check the county website for updates.
In 3.5 miles, you’ll arrive in Severna Park, where you’ll find more trail parking and a seasonal farmers market on Saturdays. The trail passes behind pockets of businesses, some that cater to trail users, from here north to Glen Burnie.
At the halfway point, you’ll find the circa 1889 general store that now serves as the trail’s ranger station and railroad museum. Parking and restrooms are available here, as are pamphlets for the lettered historical markers. This is also the southern terminus of the Planet Walk, a scale model of the solar system that stretches from Pluto, here, to the sun, some 4.6 miles up the trail. It’s also as far north as horses are permitted along the trail.
The trail’s surroundings become more urban and commercial as you head north past the sprawling Marley Station Mall and Harundale Plaza. The northern terminus is at Dorsey Road, just across from the Cromwell Station on Baltimore’s Light RailLink.
The John Overstreet Connector heads west for 1.5 miles to the 11-mile BWI Trail, which encircles the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The closest parking to the endpoint is 0.5 mile south, where Platzner Lane crosses Greenway Street.
The B&A Trail is also included in the East Coast Greenway, a growing network of multiuse trails connecting 15 states and 450 cities and towns on a 3,000-mile route between Maine and Florida. The greenway shadows the length of the B&A Trail, extending across the Severn River and passing through historic Annapolis on its way to Washington, D.C.
The Annapolis trailhead is located off US 50 past the Severn River. Take Exit 27 and head south toward the Naval Academy on State Route 450. Turn left onto SR 450. The trailhead parking will be on the right, just north of Boulters Way. (1700-1714 MD-450, Annapolis, MD).
Another option is to continue south on SR 450 and park at Jonas & Anne Catherine Green Park (2001 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Annapolis). It's about 1.25 miles to the Boulters Way trailhead. There are directions to the trail via an on-road bike lane on the board near the entrance of the parking lot.
To reach the Glen Burnie trailhead, take US 50 east from Washington, D.C., to Exit 21 and follow Interstate 97 north. Take Exit 15 leading to SR 176 east (Dorsey Road). Continue on SR 176 before turning right onto SR 648 (Baltimore and Annapolis Blvd.). At the first light, take a right on Crain Highway then a right onto Central Avenue. The parking lot is on the right and runs along the trail.
Additional parking near Annapolis is available at several lots around Severna Park: small lot at Jones Station Rd & Baltimore Annapolis Blvd/MD 648 and on Jones Station Rd between Baltimore Annapolis Blvd & Ritchie Hwy/MD 2. There are two lots in the park by the B&A Trail Station (50 W Earleigh Heights Rd) and B&A Trail Station (51 W Earleigh Heights Rd). Parking near Glen Burnie is also available between Jumpers Hole Rd & Elvaton Rd, on Greenway Road SE between Aquahart Rd & Pine Terrace, and on Greenway St NW & Platzner Lane near Central Ave & Crain Hwy/MD 3.
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