T H E B W I T R A I L


The BWI Trail is a 12.5 mile trail that encircles the BWI airport and connects hikers, bicyclists, walkers, and joggers to community resources, public transportation, and area attractions. Most of the trail has an asphalt surface, however, wooden boardwalks were used in environmentally sensitive areas to protect natural features. The trail has been built and maintained through a public/private cooperative effort that includes the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, the Maryland Aviation Administration, the State Highway Administration, the BWI Airport Neighbors Committee, DNR, and the Mass Transit Administration.

The trail begins at the Linthicum light rail station, runs past the historic Benson-Hammond House, and continues along Aviation Boulevard to the Stewart Avenue Bridge. At the bridge, trail users have two options: continuing over the bridge for connection to the B&A Trail or the Cromwell light rail station; or, traveling west to the Thomas A. Dixon, Jr. aircraft observation area where there is a tot-lot, bike racks, and rest rooms. From the observation area, the trail crosses over airport property at the intersection of Rt. 176 and WB&A Road. The trail continues up the west side of Rt. 170 and completes the loop around the airport to the west and north. Connections to the BWI MARC / Amtrak rail station, the Maryland Department of Transportation headquarters, and other spur trails to the north can be made from this area.

Parking

Tom Dixon Aircraft Observation Area: From I-95 or Rt. 295 (Baltimore Washington Parkway) take Route 100 East. Stay on Route 100 to Exit 11. Get off Route 100 at Exit 11 which is Route 170 (Telegraph Road). Take Route 170 North towards Linthicum.  Go to the first stop light which is Route 176 (Dorsey Road). Make a right onto Route 176 and go approximately 1.5 miles. The observation area will be on your right. If you come to I-97, you have gone too far.

 

Sawmill Creek Park: From I-95 or Rt. 295 (Baltimore Washington Parkway) take Route 100 East. Stay on Route 100 to Exit 11. Get off Route 100 at Exit 11 which is Route 170 (Telegraph Road). Take Route 170 North towards Linthicum. Go to the first stop light which is Route 176 (Dorsey Road). Make a right onto Route 176. The park will be on your right just past I-97. If you come to 648, you have gone too far.

From I-97 take MD 176 east. The park is located on 176. If you come to 648 you have gone too far. Picnic shelters, ball fields and restrooms can be found at this location.

Glen Burnie: Take Ritchie Hwy. (Rt. 2) south or north to Rt. 648 (Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.). There is free "low clearance" parking in the garage on the left above the cinema. From Rt. 100 to I-97, take exit 15 to Dorsey Rd.; right onto Rt. 648; take the first right after the second light.

Cromwell Light Rail Station:

Take MD 176 to Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. (Rt. 648). The light rail station is located on the west side of 648, just north of 176.

Linthicum Light Rail Station: Take I-695 to exit 6; and go south on MD 170 (Camp Meade Rd.). Go a short distance to Maple Rd. and turn right (west). Go a short distance to Hammonds Ferry Rd. and turn left (south). The light rail station is on the east side of Hammonds Ferry Rd.

For more information, contact the B&A Trail Park (trail manager) at (410) 222-6244.

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