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Trails in Maryland

MDOT hosted an on-line survey and Google Maps tool to gather public input about trail-related concerns and needs.  Your responses have been critical in developing the Maryland Trails Vision, Goals and Objectives. MDOT thanks you for your participation.


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Interact with the Maryland Bicycle and Trail map!  MDOT and SHA have updated the Map and added data about on-road bikeways. The new  Map provides trails data that will help the State of Maryland track its progress towards trail goals and provide local governments and agencies a venue to coordinate trail planning activities. It will also provide more information to assist Maryland residents and visitors learn about local trail opportunities and connecting on-road bikeways.  For instructions on how to navigate the map please use the: 
Trails Map Tutorial.






About the Data:

The data included in the Interactive Trails Map was collected between Spring 2008 and Spring 2010, from a variety of sources including state agencies, trail advocacy groups, citizens active in trail development, and local governments.  Although the information was vetted by a wide range of state and local partners, the State of Maryland makes no legal claim as to its accuracy.  Furthermore, because the data includes only those trails that meet the Greener Way to Go definition of transportation trails, the trails shown may not represent the approved trails master plan of any State, county or municipal government.


What are Trail Towns? 

The Trail Town Program began in our neighboring state of Pennsylvania by the Allegheny Trail Alliance, with funding from Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and other support provided by The Progress Fund, an Appalachian area based community development institution.

The Trail Town concept is envisioned as a corridor of revitalized trailside communities along the Great Allegheny Passage that reap the economic benefits of trail-based tourism and recreation as part of a larger, coordinated approach to regional economic development. The long-term economic viability of participating communities is to be achieved through concentrated business development efforts that capitalize on the trail user market.

Because much of the Great Allegheny Passage runs through Maryland, MDOT and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) are exploring whether this model can be applied throughout in Maryland. To learn more about Trail Towns, download the Trail Town Handbook.