WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE & ANNAPOLIS TRAIL LETTERBOX:

GLEN DALE-ODENTON, MARYLAND

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Letterbox Planted:     April 24, 2003

Last Updated;              September 10, 2019

Length:                        WB&A Trail-Prince George’s County; 7.2 miles

                                      WB&A Trail-Anne Arundel County;5.7 miles

Difficulty:                    WB&A Trail-Prince George’s County; Easy. Flat, paved rail trail with very slight grade.

Directions:

To start from the Electric Ave parking lot in Glen Dale (Western End); 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 in Bowie (Eastern End); 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 Electric Railroad. From 1908 through 1935, this line ran electric commuter trains between Washington, DC and Baltimore. Currently, as of Sept 2019, this trail is open in two discontinuous segments with the gap being the Patuxent River. The southern section is in Prince George’s County and runs from Glen Dale to the Patuxent River in Bowie, while the northern section is in Anne Arundel County and runs from the Patuxent River to downtown Odenton. For information visit; ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY and TRAILLINK .

Prince George’s County Section:

Starting from Route 450;  

Note; The paved Route 450 Trail travels east-west alongside Route 450. Heading west 0.6 miles will bring you to the start of the paved 1.6 mile Folly Branch Trail . I haven't checked out this trail.

Travel NE along the paved Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Trail. This is an open wooded corridor. You'll cross the Folly Branch Brook and after 0.5 miles the trail travels alongside Electric Ave. The trail then crosses a boardwalk and passes by the Electric Ave parking lot after 0.9 miles. You will pass by a 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 1.8 miles you'll pass by a spur to the Glen Dale Community Center and Splash Park and travel through a tunnel underneath Route193. Cross an old RR trestle bridge over Hillmeade Rd at 2.4 miles and again at 3.6 miles over High Bridge Rd. Cross another old RR trestle bridge 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 cross another bridge over Route 197 after 4.8 miles. Cross over Hoursepen Branch Brook at 5.3 miles, cross a boardwalk and pass through a tunnel to the Race Track Road parking lot after 5.6 miles. I haven't checked out this next section. The trail then continues coming to an intersection at 5.8 miles.

Note; Right follows the old rail bed 0.2 miles to an overlook of the Patuxent River. The bridge is long gone.

The trail heads north through the woods alongside a marsh for a bit. Somewhere along this section (around mile 6.7 or 6.8 a new bridge will be built to cross over the Patuxent River and connect to the Anne Arundel County Section; See Below). The trail then ends after 7.2 miles I believe.

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Anne Arundel County  Section:

The northern section of the trail in Anne Arundel County runs for 5.7 miles between downtown Odenton and the Patuxent River. The trail begins by traveling through the suburban backyards of Odenton and Piney Orchard. From Strawberry Lake Way to the south end of the Anne Arundel County section, the trail's route is mostly wooded. I haven't checked out this section. For information visit; WB&A TRAIL; ANNE ARUNDEL .

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CLICK HERE FOR PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY MAP

CLICK HERE FOR ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY MAP

 

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