Trail Description: The Baltimore & Annapolis Trail Park is a 13.3 mile asphalt trail linking schools, suburban homes and apartments, shopping centers and malls, and churches. It follows the route of the old B & A Shortline Railroad, a light interurban line that connected the state capital of Annapolis to the city of Baltimore with passenger and light rail freight service. The B & A Trail is noted for a high level of community service and beautification projects along the route. Community volunteers are encouraged to adopt sections of the trail and maintain flowerbeds and assist the County Park Rangers with patrol and visitor service functions. Forty five Eagle Scouts have completed service projects along the trail and dozens of other youth groups have planted trees and flowering shrubs. Eighty families and individuals have adopted flowerbeds along the route. The Friends of the B & A Trail have also added a beautifully landscaped garden in Severna Park, called Hatton-Regester Green, which features flowers, a small pond and a gazebo for concerts. All of the flowerbeds are maintained by four chapters of the Federated Garden Clubs of America. The B & A Trail is one of the most heavily visited parks in Maryland.
Trail Location: Glen Burnie to Annapolis
Trail Length: 13.3 miles
Counties: Anne Arundel
Trail Surface(s): Asphalt
Parking & Trail Access: No parking fees. Trail parking is at the Earleigh Heights Ranger Station on Earleigh Heights Road in Severna Park. We also have parking at MD 450 and Boulters Way in Annapolis.
Public parking is available at the Glen Burnie Parking Garage, at the corner of Crain Highway and Post 40 Road in Glen Burnie; and the Severna Park Park and Ride at Jones Station Road and Maryland Route 2 southbound.
Seasonal Restrictions: None
Reviews and Tips: Asphalt path with grass verge, heavy multi-use. Wooden bridge road crossings.
Amenities: Various gas stations and stores near the route. Glen Burnie Mall.
Jonas Green Park and the South Lot (open 8:00 a.m. – dusk) at Boulters Way
From Washington and points West: Take RT 50 east to exit 27A and follow RT450 towardsthe Naval Academy. Go 1/10 of a mile and the South Lot is on the right. For Jonas Green continue on RT 450 to the traffic light at the base of the Naval Academy Bridge, make a left then an immediate right into Jonas Green Park.
Earleigh Heights Ranger Station (Open 7:00 a.m. – dusk)
From Washington and points West: Take RT 50 east to exit 27B and follow RT 2 (Ritchie Hwy) north for approximately 7 miles. At the intersection of Magothy Bridge Road (to the east) and Eareigh Heights Road (to the west) make a left onto Earleigh Heights Rd. The Range Station is about 300 yards down and on the left.
Glen Burnie Parking Lot
Locally: This parking lot is located near the Glen Burnie Courthouse. Turning west onto RT 648 from RT 2 (Ritchie Hwy) you travel to the first light (Crain Hwy) and make a left, you then make the first right onto Central Avenue. The parking lot is on the right side of the street as is the Trail, which runs alongside it.
From Washington and points West: Take RT 50 east to exit 21 I 97 north to exit 15, RT 176 west (Dorsey Rd). Continue on RT 176 a short distance to RT 648 (B&A Blvd) and make a right. At the first light (Crain Hwy) make a right, then make the first right onto Central Avenue. The parking lot is on the right side of the street as is the Trail, which runs alongside it.
B&A Trail Park Ranger Station
51 West Earleigh Heights Road
Severna Park, MD 21146
Office (410) 222-6244
Office Hours: Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.