WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE & ANNAPOLIS TRAIL LETTERBOX:
BOWIE-GLEN DALE, MARYLAND
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Planted: April 24, 2003
Length: WB & A Trail; 6 miles
Electric Ave parking lot to Letterbox; 3 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat, paved rail trail with very slight grade.
To start from the Electric Ave parking lot; Take exit 8 off of Route 50 and travel northeast on Route 704 (Martin Luther King Highway). Take a right onto Route 450 (Annapolis Rd), left will bring you to the start of the trail, but there is no parking lot. Turn left onto Route 953 (Glen Dale Rd) and you will soon cross over the trail. Turn immediately left down Electric Ave. I didn't see a street sign, but the power lines run down this street. The parking lot is on your left and contains picnic tables, a boardwalk and Porto-Potty.
To start from the Race Track Road parking lot; Take exit 11 off of Route 50 to Route 197 north. At the intersection of Route 450 (Annapolis Rd), turn right and travel 1.8 miles. Turn left onto Race Track Rd. Follow for about 2.3 miles. Just before a bridge turn right down an un-named road past a yellow gate to a parking lot next to the trail.
The Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Trail runs along the site of the former WB &A Railroad. From 1908 through 1935, this line ran between Washington, DC and Baltimore. Currently, the trail runs 6 miles from Glenn Dale through Bowie. Future plans include extending the trail Northward to Odenton, then Southeast towards Annapolis. For information visit; BIKE WASHINGTON or WASHINGTON BIKE ASSOC. .
Starting from the Electric Ave parking lot; Head left or east up the trail. Right takes you over the boardwalk, parallel along Electric Ave, over the Folly Branch Brook and out to Route 450 where the trail begins. You will pass by the wooden 1 mile marker, which are located all along the trail and cross over Glen Dale Rd. Parts of this trail are on-road, but they are access roads for houses only and not very long. This trail also follows the Power lines part of the way. After 0.9 miles (remember, the wooden mileage markers refer to the beginning of the trail), you'll pass by the Glen Dale Community Center and Splash Park and then take a tunnel underneath Route193. At just over 1.5 miles, you cross an old trestle bridge and again at 2.8 miles, you cross over High Bridge Rd. Then, another bridge crosses over an active railroad line. After crossing this bridge, look to your right for a lone Oak tree, just above the railroad tracks. Behind this tree, under some rocks, is the WB & A Trail Letterbox. Continuing onward, you cross under some power lines after 3.4 miles, then pass by the Blue Sky Stables Horse Farm. Four miles takes you up and over Route 197 and past the Berwyn Gun Club. You travel along the Hoursepen Branch Brook, cross a boardwalk and pass through a tunnel to the Race Track Road parking lot after 5 miles. If you pass through the parking lot, you can see where the old railroad tracks still cross.
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