Baltimore and Annapolis Trail
Severna Park, MD
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Brief Description: The Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Park in central Maryland features a paved surface ten feet wide set within a corridor of parkland over thirteen miles long. The linear park is shared by walkers, runners, bicyclists, rollerbladers, equestrians, and others.

Among the most visited parks in Maryland, the "B&A; Trail" stretches along the route of the old B & A Short Line Railroad, which formerly connected the state's capitol (Annapolis) with its major port and commercial center (Baltimore). Historic transportation structures such as the electric power houses, switch boxes, and the Severna Park Station still stand along the Trail and enhance its appeal. The trail passes through suburban communities, wetlands, mature deciduous forest, pasture and meadow and is home to a variety of wildlife.

Overlooking the United States Naval Academy and just south of the 0 mile marker of the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail is Jonas Green Park. Included as part of the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Park, Jonas Green is a beautiful 2.24 acre park consisting of a grassy area for picnics, a sandy, rocky shoreline and pier for fishing and a newly constructed Visitor Center and Park Ranger Station. A fishing license is required for shoreline fishing, no license is required to fish from the pier. Canoes and kayaks may launch from the shoreline. Motorized boats and other motorized watercraft are prohibited in the park.

Location / Directions: The B & A Trail is located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and stretches 13.3 miles from Glen Burnie in the north to its southern terminus near the north shore of the Severn River in Annapolis. Various access points are situated along the Trail’s entire length. The Trail is measured with mile markers located every one-half mile along the route, beginning with the mile 0 in the south and heading north to Dorsey Road at mile 13.3.

There are two trail parking lots: one at the southern end at the intersection of Route 450 (Ritchie Highway) and Boulter’s Way in Annapolis; and the other at the park ranger station on Earleigh Heights Road in Severna Park. The Trail also passes by several commercial shopping centers and public parking areas where trail users may park to access the trail. To reach the trail, and these parking lots, follow the directions below:

FROM US ROUTE 50

To park’s south parking lot (Mile 0): From Rt. 50, take exit 27 (if eastbound) or 27A (if westbound) and follow Rt. 450 towards Annapolis and the Naval Academy. Go 1/10 mile to the first right into the trail parking lot.

To Jones Station Park and Ride lot (Mile 3.5): From Rt. 50, take exit 27 (if eastbound) or 27B (if westbound) onto MD Rt. 2 north (Ritchie Hwy.). Go 3 1/2 miles, to the fourth light and turn left onto Jones Station Road. The Park and Ride is on the right. The trail is on the other side of Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, on the far side of the lot.

To Ranger Station at Earleigh Heights Road (Mile 7): From Rt. 50, take exit 27 (if eastbound) or 27B (if westbound) onto MD Rt. 2 north (Ritchie Hwy.). Go 7 miles. Turn left onto Earleigh Heights Rd. Go 1/4 mile. The Ranger Station is on the right. It is a yellow building with red trim. The parking lot is just beyond the building.

To Marley Station Mall (Mile 10.5): From Rt. 50, take exit 27 (if eastbound) or 27B (if westbound) onto MD Rt. 2 north (Ritchie Hwy.). Go about 10 1/2 miles. Just after Rt. 100, follow the signs for "Shopping Center" in the left lane. The trail is at the rear of the mall, behind Penny’s and Macy’s.

To Harundale Mall (Mile 11.5): From Rt. 50, take exit 21 onto I-97 north. Go 15 miles. Take exit 15, Dorsey Road east. Go 1 mile. Turn right onto Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Rt. 2 (Ritchie Hwy.). Turn right at second light, onto Aquahart Rd. The trail runs behind the mall.

To Glen Burnie public parking garage (Mile 12.5): From Rt. 50, take exit 21 onto I-97 north. Go 15 miles. Take exit 15, Dorsey Rd. east. Go 1/2 mile. Turn right at the first light, Crain Hwy. (Business Rt. 3). Take the next left, at Post 40 Road. The "FREE LOW CLEARANCE" parking lot is on the left. The trail is on the right.

FROM BALTIMORE AND POINTS NORTH

To Glen Burnie public parking garage (Mile 12.5): From the Baltimore Beltway (Rt. 695) at exit 4, take I-97 south 1 mile. Take exit 16 onto Rt. 648 (Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.). Turn left. Go 1/2 miles. Turn right at the first light, Crain Hwy. (Business Rt. 3). Take the next left, at Post 40 Rd. The "FREE LOW CLEARANCE" parking lot is on your left. The trail is on your right.

To Harundale Shopping Center (Mile 11.5): From the Baltimore Beltway (Rt. 695) at exit 4, take I-97 south 1 mile. Take exit 16 onto Rt. 648 (Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.). Turn left. Go 1 mile. Turn right at Rt. 2 (Ritchie Hwy.). Turn right at second light, Aquahart Rd. The trail is at the rear of the mall.

To Marley Station Mall (Mile 10.5): From Baltimore Beltway (Rt. 695) at exit 4, take I-97 south 3 miles. Take exit 14 onto Rt. 100 east. Go 3 miles. Take exit 16B, Rt. 2 north (Ritchie Hwy.). Immediately, follow the signs for "Shopping Center" in the left lane. The trail is at the rear of the mall, behind Penny’s and Macy’s.

To Ranger Station at Earleigh Heights Road (Mile 7): From Baltimore Beltway (Rt. 695) at exit 2, take Rt. 10 south to the end of the highway. Turn left on Ritchie Hwy. Go about 1 mile. Turn right onto Earleigh Heights Rd. Go 1/4 mile. The Ranger Station is on the left. It is a yellow building with red trim. The parking lot is just beyond the building.

To Jones Station Park and Ride lot (Mile 3.5): From Baltimore Beltway (Rt. 695) at exit 2, take Rt. 10 south to the end of the highway. Turn left on Ritchie Hwy. Go about 4 1/2 miles. Turn right onto Jones Station Road. The Park and Ride is on the right. The trail is on the far side of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., at the far end of the lot.

To park’s south parking lot (Mile 0): From Baltimore Beltway (Rt. 695) at exit 4, take I-97 south to Rt. 50 east. Go on Rt. 50 east for 3 miles, crossing the Severn River. Take exit 27 and turn south on Rt. 450 toward Annapolis and the Naval Academy. Go 1/10 mile to the first right, into the driveway of the trail parking lot.

Physical Address: Baltimore and Annapolis Trail
Ranger Station
51 West Earleigh Heights Road
Severna Park, MD 21146
Mailing Address: Baltimore and Annapolis Trail
Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Ranger Station
Severna Park, MD 21146
Visitor Phone: (410) 222-8820
Business Phone: (410) 222-6244
E-mail: http://www.aacounty.org/RecParks/contact_forms/con
Activities:

The B & A Trail Park presents programs and special events year-round. Among those typically scheduled are:

  • B & A Trail Marathon
  • Baltimore-Annapolis-Washington Century Bike Ride
  • B & A Trail Fathers Day 10K
  • Santa's Food Drive
  • Bicycle Safety and Registration programs
  • Wildflower Walks
  • Safe Boating Courses
  • Scouting badge fulfillment

Ranger-led walks, talks, and programs are publicized through the local media and in the Department of Recreation and Parks’ quarterly Program Guide. Educational programs for schools or groups may be scheduled as staff workload allows.

Biking Birding and Wildlife Viewing Hiking Picnicking

Operating Hours:

The park is open during daylight hours, year-round; however the trail is not cleared of snow in winter and may be icy. Trail parking lots are generally open from 7:00AM to sunset. The park ranger station is staffed daily from 8:00AM until 4:30PM. There are some seasonal variations in this schedule; phone the park office for current information or for trail closures due to severe weather.

Fees: There are no entrance fees for admission to the trail park. Certain programs sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks and/or the Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails may have costs and user fees.
Visitor Facilities: Stop at the Trail Ranger Station during your visit to pick up a map, relax, or receive recent Trail news or an answer to your questions. Other facilities include:

Restrooms: Public restrooms are also available at Jonas Green Park and are open from 9:00AM until 1 hour before dusk.

Water Fountains:: Year-round water fountains are located at:

  • Arnold Station Shopping Center (mile 1.1)
  • Jones Station Road (mile 3.5)
  • Riggs Avenue (mile 4.8)
  • Chestnut Street (mile 7.7)
  • During warm months only - Earleigh Heights Road (mile 7)

Benches: Park benches are located along the entire length of the Trail. Shaded gazebos and benches are located in Severna Park (mile 4.8) and Elvaton (mile 9).

Picnic Facilities: Picnic tables are provided throughout the park. Please dispose of all trash in proper receptacles. The trail park has no pavilion facilities and no grills or campfires are allowed at any place along the trail. A limited number of picnic tables are available at Jonas Green Park and small grills are permitted. Coal bins are provided for disposal of hot coals. Campfires are prohibited in Jonas Green Park.

Concessions and Services: The linear park passes near several commercial developments where various services are provided. Among the shopping centers where one may find restaurants, stores, and sources of other supplies are: Arnold Station (mile 1), Severna Park (mile 5), Jumpers Hole (mile 9), Marley Station (mile 10.5)

Size: 13 miles
Accessibility: The Trail is handicapped-accessible at Earleigh Heights. Handicapped parking is available at both Earleigh Heights and Jonas Green Park. A short trail at Jonas Green is handicapped accessible.
Website: http://www.aacounty.org/RecParks/Parks/aacotrails_park/index.cfm

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