The MA & PA Heritage Trail is found in two segments (about 2 miles apart) through the wooded parks of Maryland's Bel Air and Forest Hill communities. The folksy sounding name actually stands for the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad, which screamed through the Harford County countryside, heralding industrial progress of the early 1900s.
Today, a new kind of progress is evident in the sound of twittering birds and babbling brooks on the long-deserted rail line. This refreshing natural oasis found on the MA & PA Heritage Trail lures visitors and residents of the neighborhoods just steps from the path.
Blazed in yellow, the trail begins at Quaker Bottom Road. The trail forks in the pine plantation. The right fork will intersect with the Land of Promise Trail. The left fork intersects with the Farm Road Trail and continues on and intersects the Land of Promise Trail. Moderate difficulty with a distance of .9 miles.
Blazed in orange, this trail begins at the intersection of Rock Run and Wilkinson Roads. The trail crosses the Farm Road Trail, Wilkinson Road and through farm fields. An easy to moderate trail with a distance of two miles.
Take a short hike with a grand payoff: Kilgore Falls, Maryland’s second-highest vertical waterfall. The relatively small (67 acres) Falling Branch Area of Rocks State Park remains environmentally sensitive. Once a meeting place for Susquehannock Indians, local hikers and nature enthusiasts didn’t know about it for many years because it sat on private property. Fortunately, in 1993, the state, with the help of many local activists including Harford County public-school children, bought the land and turned it over to Rocks State Park officials for administration. It has become one of the most attractive parcels for many miles around.
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Blazed in dark blue, the trail starts in the Deer Creek Picnic Area following a farm road through fields and forests. The Farm Trail is moderate in difficulty and is two miles in distance. The trail crosses both Wilkinson and Rock Run Roads and ends at the Rock Run Y Trail.
Blazed in green, the trail begins and ends at the Picnic Area. The Deer Creek Trail has magnificent views and giant trees. A moderate to difficult trail with a distance of 2.1 miles.
Blazed in white, the trail starts at the Ridge Trail a short distance from the Lapidum Trail Head. The Land of Promise is of moderate difficulty and is 1.6 miles in distance. The trail ends at the Rock Run Historic Area by the mansion driveway.
Follow The Lafayette Trail, a continuous blue line painted on the sidewalks throughout the city. The Trail runs approximately 3 miles linking museums, parks, marinas and historic buildings. Notice the blue numbered medallions embedded in the sidewalks. These denote the properties highlighted in this mobile app and in the Lafayette Trail brochure (brochure available at the Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Avenue). You will see blue oval “Walk the Lafayette Trail” signs posted along the way to guide you.
The Lafayette Trail and this mobile app highlight just a small sample of noteworthy buildings within the National Register Historic District. Venture onto side streets and alleys to see additional picturesque streetscapes and interesting structures. Enjoy the beautiful vistas of the Susquehanna River to the east and the Chesapeake Bay at the south end of town.
Marked with Greenways emblems at half mile intervals, a 2.2 mile improved section runs between Conowingo Dam and Stafford Road at Deer Creek. This trail is accessible from the Deer Creek Picnic Area or Conowingo Dam parking area. A one mile unimproved section continues along the Susquehanna, bringing you to the trestle bridge at the mouth of Deer Creek. The Greenways trail continues on a 3 mile unimproved section by following the Susquehanna Ridge Trail from the trestle or picnic area to Lapidum.
A one-mile long trail identified by white blazes serves 3 trail system:
Guided tours are offered - contact the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House.
Taking a stroll on the boardwalk promenade in Havre de Grace is a great way to relax in any season of the year. With a breeze and view of the Susquehanna River where it meets the Chesapeake Bay, it is a little slice of heaven on Earth.
Havre De Grace and Harford County Maryland have numerous outdoors activities for those individuals and families wishing to get back to nature. People who are inclined to see nature up close by bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, or even those folks who want something a bit more like mountain bike riding, cross-country running and skiing, snow-shoeing and even water trails need look no further then right here for local adventure.
Whatever your passion is for seeing nature, our city and county can help you enjoy it out of doors. Please see our local places and pages below for a brief introduction into sites, sounds, and visions provided by Mother Nature to delight even the most fickle of us all.
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A hike with royal status! Enjoy exceptional views from a towering rock outcropping 190 feet above Deer Creek valley. This loop hike takes you through a nice forest before culminating at this extraordinary natural feature referred to as the King and Queen Seat. This is a popular area for hikers and there is a very good chance you will see rock climbers dangling from the vertical rock faces below.