More Travel Facts for the B&A Trail
One of the many gifts of an urban rail-trail is the abundance of activities and diversions you'll often find right along the route. Maryland's Baltimore and Annapolis (B&A) Trail Park couldn't be a finer example.
While touring the trail's 13.3 miles, you can learn about the solar system, venture off into local neighborhoods and pocket parks, browse at nearby businesses, and even access a major airport. At times you'll disappear in quiet woods; other moments you'll be whizzing by backyards and bustling malls. Widen your circumference of travel just a bit, and the possibilities further multiply. Coastal Annapolis is just off the southern tip of the trail, Baltimore only a short side trip to the north, and the nation's capital within easy reach to the southwest.
Here are extended Travel Facts to help you navigate the trail. Read the full article to learn more about the Chesapeake's attractions and what makes the B&A Trail such a model of convenience and outdoor opportunity.
Where to Eat
You won't go hungry or thirsty on the B&A Trail. In warm weather you'll find a half-dozen water fountains for filling your water bottles. For more of a pick-me-up, head to The Big Bean (410.384.7744) coffee shop on Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard in Severna Park. The Bean has outdoor seating on the trail, and the folks there don't mind if you plunk down with a treat from the gelateria next door.
Maryland Route 2 parallels the trail and has a variety of food fast and slow. Closer to the trail you will find an extensive deli at Fishpaws (410.647.7363) about 100 feet off the pathway in Arnold. Garry's Grill (410.544.0499), across the street from The Big Bean, dishes up substantial fare. Farther north, at Jumpers Hole Road in Pasadena, Lucky's market has sandwiches and drinks
Where to Stay
Annapolis is 22 miles from BWI Airport; Baltimore's Inner Harbor is about half that. If you stay in one of these charming Chesapeake cities or somewhere in between, accommodations run the gamut from imposing waterfront hotels and historical inns to campgrounds and bed-and-breakfasts. Start with the visitor bureaus (www.baltimore.org, 1.877.Baltimore, and www.visitannapolis.org/, 410.280.0445) to get an idea of your options.
What to do in Annapolis
Maryland's state capital is a city of antiques—by way of cobbled streets and preserved Georgian architecture—and boutiques filled with trendy clothing, jewelry and house wares. For more Annapolis flavor, take a tour of the U.S. Naval Academy campus.
Also, no trip to Annapolis would be complete without at least pausing at the city dock to see the show-stopping parade of boats—and proud owners—navigating the waterway dubbed "Ego Alley." Also found at the city dock is a memorial to Alex Haley, who based a portion of his novel Roots here.
What to do in Baltimore
Visit Oriole Park at Camden Yards to see one of the premier ballparks in the country. It happens to be built on the site of a one-time railroad station serving the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. For more railroad history, head over to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum (410.752.2490), where you will find loads of historical information, trains for riding and a preserved roundhouse.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore (410.576.3800), smack in the heart of Baltimore's popular Inner Harbor area, is fun for all ages. Soak up artworks both classic and nontraditional at the Baltimore Museum of Art (443.573.1700), the Walters Art Museum (410.547.9000) and the American Visionary Art Museum (410.244.1900).
Pedal Pushers (410.544.2323) on Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard in Severna Park backs up to the trail. It is known for bike rentals and "on the spot" repairs. Owner Rod Reddish knows the trail (which he frequently uses to commute to work) as well as he knows the biking business. Labrador lovers will enjoy hanging out with shop dogs Archie and Sunday.