Let's Explore Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & #9 Trolley Trail!

Please read this whole thing til the end :)

The Benjamin Banneker Museum celebrates the life of the free African American astronomer, almanac author and abolitionist born in the 1700's.  Although we can't take the doggies into the museum, we will meet in the parking lot and can observe the grounds representing the agricultural life of his homeplace. This is a peaceful, secluded historic park in Ellicott City with a woodland trail and stair-steps, and a paved trail on an incline.  It is not stroller friendly due to the elevation and wood-chip trail.  A few places may be muddy after a big rain, but there are walk-arounds.  Wear your hiking boots.  Considering the inclines in this hybrid hike/walk, you need to be in relatively good physical condition to join us for this meet-up.  The trails equal over 3 miles, but we will probably do 2.5 miles unless you want to go further.

We'll start at the Benjamin Banneker Park in Oella and walk down the park's nature trail to the paved No. 9 Trolley Trail. The nature trail part of the walk is about 1/4-mile long, unpaved, and wooded with elevation changes. We'll be going downhill at the beginning (and then of course uphill on the way back.)

The No. 9 Trolley Trail is a very easy, pretty, mostly shaded and paved trail that follows the river. It was formerly a trolley line that was built in the 1890s to transport folks from Catonsville to Ellicott City. It slopes slightly downhill toward Ellicott City. We'll do about 1 mile each way on this part of the walk.  Again, coming back is more than a slight uphill walk the entire way.


Be sure to use the address 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, MD.  This is a different parking place from the off-street lot in Ellicott City that you may be used to if you've walked the Trolley Trail before.  This one is attached to the Benjamin Banneker Museum. Drive all the way to the back of the lot and park in the circle with three flags.  We will meet near the building at the picnic area.

Please see the "Where to Meet - Benjamin Banneker" in our File section (in the More! tab).  Or Click on the "Get Directions" tab after you click the name of the location.  Use these directions rather than your GPS, because the GPS may tend to take you in circles the way mine did.  We will step onto the trail at 10:15 a.m. to allow for the extra time it takes to reach the Catonsville/Oella area.  Please try to arrive SOONER so the dogs can sniff and form their pack.

To get to Benjamin Banneker Park, you will drive uphill on an interesting curvy road through a historic town area and over a one-lane bridge. Basically, if you're coming from Ellicott City's main street area, you will:

Go under the B&O railroad bridge.  Cross the river.  Make the second left onto Westchester Ave.  Follow Westchester all the way up to where it ends at a Country Store. Turn right. Go about 1/2 mile to the entrance of Benjamin Banneker Park on the right.  

Once inside the park, go all the way to the back area to the circle with 3 flags.

Park around the circle and meet at the picnic tables near the building.


Columbia Dogs on the Go provides a way for you to meet people with similar interests on a voluntary basis. By replying "Yes" to this RSVP and attending this event, you acknowledge that:

•  You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of your dogs and any guests. 

•  Your dogs are current on their vaccinations.

•  Your dogs will be kept on a leash (non-retractable) and under your control at the Meetup.

•  You will clean up after your dogs at the Meetup.

•  You will update your RSVP if your plans change.

•  You understand that the Meetup ends when the walk ends. (If you choose to meet other members at a restaurant, dog park, or other location, it is on your own time and not part of the Meetup event.)

Please bring WATER & TREATS for your doggies!  We look forward to seeing you there :)

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  • Gail

    OMG I slept through this! I am so sorry to be such a jerk. Cooper is annoyed at me also. I know I missed a great walk. Please forgive us.

    2 · July 16, 2014

    • Mary L.

      We were wondering about you guys! You must have need to catch up on sleep! Hope we'll see you soon on another walk.

      1 · July 16, 2014

    • Janet A.

      Gaby was looking forward to seeing Coop too. Yes, Mary's right, you must've needed those zzz"s :)

      July 16, 2014

  • Janet A.

    Great weather, & terrific shady trail, only slightly muddy in a few spots, but very well maintained. Thank you for turning out, Bryn & Watson, Mary & Cody, and welcome to the group, Melissa & Yorkies Madison, Penelope & Fiona!

    1 · July 16, 2014

  • Mary L.

    Terrific walk. Thank you, Janet. And thank you, Polar Vortex, for a little cool air and refreshing breeze when needed. We were also happy to see all the nice new signage on the Banneker trail now. And so well-maintained. A big thank you to those responsible!

    1 · July 16, 2014

  • Bryn

    I'm totally taking a half-day of work to do this. I can work inside in the AC when it's in the 90s and miserably humid. Watson and I are gonna play in this nice weather.

    1 · July 15, 2014

    • Janet A.

      That is awesome Bryn!!! You have your priorities straight :)

      July 15, 2014

  • Debbie K.

    What a wonderful idea - sadly we can't make it this time but will be watching for a re-do in the future. :-) Have fun!!!!!

    July 14, 2014

    • Janet A.

      Debbie K. they are actually calling this the summer version of the polar vortex!

      July 15, 2014

    • Debbie K.

      as long as it doesn't involve snow, it's okey dokey by me.

      1 · July 15, 2014

  • Mary L.

    I think we'll be able to do this. Though I'm not sure if Cody can do the whole length. (I love the cute pics of him and Gaby--back in the days when he needed a coat!)

    1 · July 15, 2014

    • Janet A.

      For however long he can last on the trail, Gaby & I will be so thrilled to have you there to help us find our way! We will all go back together whenever Cody gives us the word :)

      July 15, 2014

  • Janet A.

    Wednesday is going to be 81 degrees as the high of the day! So with the thunderstorms behind us, let's grab the doggies & get outside again!

    July 14, 2014

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