Self-Guided Opportunities
 
Cycling
Location Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Park
P.O. Box 1007
Severna Park MD 21146
410-222-6244
Anne Arundel County
Start/End Access is variable. Suggested start is at the Earleigh Heights Park Ranger Station, where maps and other information are located. The Ranger Station is on Earleigh Heights Road off Route 2. Ranger Station is located at mile 7 of the trail.
Trail Access Off road/asphalt path. May also gain access at several other road crossings.
Distance Trail is 13 miles from Annapolis to Glen Burnie.
Time Varies with number of stops and condition of cyclist.
Trail Level, smooth asphalt surface
Skill Level Novice to moderate
Suitable For Families? Yes, taking into account the ages and experience of the children.
Hazards/Restrictions Road crossings
Potable Water Year round fountains are available at several locations along trail. Many other establishments are also to be found near trail.
Natural Features Trail winds its way through woods, open space and past horse farms, small towns and suburbia.
Historic/Cultural Features This linear park is located on the former B&A Short Line railroad bed. Prior to the railroad extending into Anne Arundel County, this region was rural. With the advent of this mode of transportation, the region slowly began to change. Farm produce could now be quickly shipped to the larger cities and several canning factories began to show up alongside the train tracks. The human population also was able to travel easier from the city to the country. Eventually the spread of suburbia infested this area. This trail allows you to follow in the path of one of the most life changing developments to affect Anne Arundel County.
Bike Rentals/Service Several bike shops are located near the trail.
Camping Capital KOA in Millersville, Maryland
Duncan's Family Campground in Lothian, Maryland
Youth camping available at Sandy Point State Park
Other Points of Interest Side trips can be taken to BWI Trail/Baltimore's Light Rail (bikes are welcome aboard); Sawmill Creek Park and Friendship Park, and BWI Aircraft Observation Area.
Other Accommodations Many places adjacent to this trail. Contact Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitor's Bureau for further information, 410-280-0445 or www.visit-annapolis.org
Fees or Permits None
Description This gentle trail is a great way to introduce families or new cyclists to the sport of biking. The closeness of amenities and relatively flat surface makes this a very pleasant ride.


Resources
  • Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Park map and brochure, 410-222-6244
  • Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks website: http://web.aacpl.net/rp/parks/bat/index.html
Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Be aware of your skill level and make safety your constant companion
  • Tire repair kit or tube
  • Bike pump
  • Helmet