Easton Rails-to-Trails

Maryland

Easton Rails-to-Trails Facts

States: Maryland
Counties: Talbot
Length: 2.5 miles
Trail end points: Dutchmans Ln. between Walnut Ln. and Wayside Ave. and North Easton Park off Village St.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016045
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Easton Rails-to-Trails Description

The Easton Rails to Trails runs from Dutchmans Lane in southern Easton, Maryland, to North Easton Park—a large sports complex—over 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.

Easton Rails-to-Trails Reviews

I run , or walk this trail frequently as I live local. There are a few areas that are not as lovely as the overall trek, but it is kept clean, and the locals are usually good at stopping at the designated crossings, and I have yet to encounter anyone that was not friendly and gracious. I have lived here for about 1 year so far and have found that Easton is a pretty nice area over all. I have enjoyed using this trail many times!

The trail is pretty flat and easy to walk. You get to walk through small wooded portions and some of Easton's older parts of town. We walked our dog on the trail and ran into several other people also walking their dogs. There were several trash cans along the trail and only one was only completely full. There wasn't anywhere to use the restroom (at least that I saw). Overall is was a nice little walk.

I live nearby this trail and just went on it this past weekend. There are a couple of not so nice neighborhoods that you go through on this trail. I would not recommend riding it alone. Just had an uneasy feeling about it. There was some trash along the bike trail that needs to be addressed. If I could I would give it 2 1/2 stars.

Accordion

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 trees and empty fields, and the other is more industrial. The old railroad station is a nice hub, and the town itself is a great place to visit. If you eat at one of the excellent Easton restaurants, like the Bartlett Pear Inn, the Tidewater Inn, or the Peacock at the Inn at 202 Dover, then you'll need to traverse the trail several times to work off the sumptuous meal.

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