The BWI Trail Loop & Baltimore Annapolis Trail

Please see Fair Weather Note below.

The BWI Trail is a great ride. The 12.5 mile loop encircles the BWI airport and connects hikers, bicyclists, walkers, and joggers to community resources, public transportation, and area attractions. Almost all of the trail is asphalt surfaced, 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.

Our ride will begin at 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.

Once we complete the BWI Trail Loop, you can decide to join us for another 26 miles down  and back on the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail.

BWI Trail info: See this link for more info: Parking Tom Dixon Aircraft Observation Area: From I-97, take Exit 15B to merge onto Dorsey Road west which is Route 176, and go approximately 1.7 miles. The observation parking area will be on your left. If you reach the WB&A Road, you have gone too far.

Baltimore & Annapolis Trail info: 13 Mile rail trail -

Fair Weather Note: We are planning this ride for fair weather. If the weather projection changes to thunderstorms (as it has been recently), then we will pass on this ride.


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  • Ray

    Seven riders attended, including four of us who rode in the 34 degree temperatures in March persevered in the 104 degree temps this afternoon (sun reflected off the pavement). Personally, I prefer the winter temps... The heat did keep the traffic to a minimum. Will schedule this ride again soon.

    July 23, 2013

  • steve

    Repeating part of my comment on the pictures link.

    I enjoyed both the ride and the company on the ride.
    It was a 4 liter H2O day, and I'am still a thirsty.

    Thanks folks

    July 6, 2013

  • steve

    This is a fun ride, lots of piney wood smells, good folks to meet including the serious racer type folks.

    July 6, 2013

  • Bill H.

    Thanks Ray, had a great time!

    July 6, 2013

  • Ray

    Steve, we might welcome a stop on the B&A. As to rain, Steve Beggs and I rode in a downpour a week and a half ago on the Betterton ride, but I prefer not to ride in lightning while carrying a lightning rod (my flag pole). Still hoping for good weather for Saturday. I got a ride in today in between storms.

    July 3, 2013

  • steve

    I am riding from Highlandtown to BWI probably get breakfast near Cromwell or Linthicum, if anyone wants to stop at a good breakfast spot.. I know one sit down on the B&A and a Coffee shop in Serverna Park both on the trail.
    As for weather I'll bring a rain jacket.

    July 3, 2013

  • Ray

    Steve - sounds good.
    Sam - will send you an email if weather changes our plans.

    July 2, 2013

  • Sam G.

    I'll probably ride up there from my house. So, would you email me if you cancel Saturday morning?

    July 2, 2013

  • Steve B.

    See you there Ray.

    July 2, 2013

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