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You can combine a day’s hiking with learning more about Maryland by spending a day on the Baltimore and Annapolis (B&A) 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 Heights Ranger 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.
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” at mile marker 0.1. Sawmill Branch, the water and power source of locals in the early 18th century, is “Z” at mile marker 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.
Make sure to stop by The Crab Shack for a great meal before or after hiking the B&A Trail!
Lovers of fat, juicy crab and amazing seafood don’t have to drive to Baltimore, Ocean City, Hooper’s Island, or Annapolis anymore. Stay close to home and enjoy wonderful deliciousness all year around at the two locations below!
Our Crofton branch can accommodate a large party group, so if you are interested in reserving tables, please call (443) 302-2680.