Banneker Historical Park and Trolley Line #9! An Easy, Newbie Friendly 4-Mile Sneaker Hike with Optional Museum Visit Followed by Lunch at Nearby Trolley Stop Restaurant
Join MAHG for this beautiful, easy, and newbie friendly social sneaker hike. Most of our hike plan is on paved trails or wooden platforms/boardwalk!
Come and enjoy a beautiful social hike, the interesting museum, and then an optional post-hike lunch with your new and known hiking friends! Take in historic sites with a big dose of nature. After the hike, feel free to enjoy some excellent shopping or people watching in Ellicott City.
Benjamin Banneker, the foremost African-American man of science in the early years of the United States, lived his entire life on the land where the museum now sits. Open since 1998, the museum and park continue to grow and develop. Recently the “Molly Bannaky House,” a circa 1850 stone farmhouse, has been fully restored and now houses a library and meeting room. Other structures of interest on the property include an archaeological dig area, a nursery, the Banneker “Ice Pond,” and the Lee Family Farm Ruin. Banneker was born a free black in 1731 and lived until 1806. His life’s accomplishments included constructing a wooden striking clock and a projection of a solar eclipse, helping in the land survey for Washington, DC, publishing six almanacs, and exchanging correspondence concerning opposition to slavery with Thomas Jefferson. The museum does an excellent job of illuminating the life and contributions of this under-appreciated figure in American history, and it is definitely worth an extended visit.
Nearby City: Ellicott City
Length: ~3.9 total miles
Scenery: Historic sites, Cooper Branch, and abundant birdlife
Trail Surface: Packed dirt at Banneker and asphalt on the old trolley line
Skill Level: Very Easy Social Hike and Newbie Friendly Sneaker Hike
Duration: About 1.5 hours (Take note that this hike is of a rather short duration, we invite you to join us after the hike to enjoy a quick stop to check out the park's museum and then a meal. This provides an excellent half day of fun and camaraderie with the group! Additionally, you can stick around and enjoy the historical sites and shopping that the quaint “old town” main street area of Ellicott City is famous for. All of this and more is located a very short jaunt from our hike venue and The Trolley Stop, where we will be enjoying lunch today if you are joining us for the post-hike meal.
Facilities: Restroom, Water, and Phone at the museum, which is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the park is open daily sunrise to sunset.
Trailhead Elev: 280 feet
Top Elev: 400 feet
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
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The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.
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Carpool Suggestions and Information
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Optional Post Hike Meal
The nearby Trolley Stop Restaurant is a beautiful post hike place to grab a bite to eat following the walk for those interested in some great food and more camaraderie with your fellow hikers, and is near where we are hiking today, yay! We will ask for a show of hands during a break in the hike and give them a ring and let them know how many of us to expect at 410.465.8546. Click Here for information about the restaurant, menu, and prices.
Directions to the Trailhead
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, and donations ARE tax deductible. Tax ID: [masked].
A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there!
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