Recent News:

Come and join to learn more about the proposed link of the Ma and Pa Trail from Bel Air to Forest Hill. It’s in the works! On October 29 at 1:00 PM, we will have a short update on the plans for the Trail Connection.

We will bus to the Blake’s Venture Trailhead in Forest Hill from the Williams Stree Trailhead and then follow the proposed “Missing Link” back to Bel Air.

Please bring water for your hike and note that you may get your feet wet as this is not a paved trail and there are a few streams to cross.

Check out our web site to keep up to date at: www.mapatrail.org


Unique public-private partnership creates enhancement for trail users

July 10, 2017, Bel Air, MD:  A bicycle repair station was installed along the MA & PA Heritage Trail at Annie’s Playground in Fallston today. The station consists of a bike stand, a variety of repair tools and an air pump, so that cyclists can perform basic bike repairs and maintenance while on the trail. The station is for use free-of-charge during normal trail operating hours.

The cost of purchasing the repair station was shared by the MA&PA Heritage Trail Inc., and The Bike Shop of Bel Air. The county Department of Parks and Recreation covered the cost of installation.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance the experience for trail users,” said Phil Hosmer, President of the MA & PA Heritage Trail Inc. “This bike station is in an ideal location, especially when the trail connection project is completed and Annie’s Playground will serve as the starting point or turn-around point for many cyclists.”

The DERO Bike Fix-It station provides screwdrivers, Allen wrenches and box wrenches so that cyclists can change a flat tire, adjust brakes and derailleurs and put air in tires. The stations are becoming increasingly popular on rail-trails across the country. The Fallston location represents the fourth DERO location in the state of Maryland.

“As the longest-serving bike store operating in Harford County, we are committed to supporting cycling in the community,” said Missie Wakefield, owner of Bike Shop of Bel Air. “We are proud to be part of this project to provide an important resource to the cyclists on the MA&PA Trail.”

“We are proud to support this new bike repair station, which will improve the experience for cyclists who come from Harford County and beyond to enjoy the MA & PA Heritage Trail,” County Executive Barry Glassman said. “This improvement, along with our trail connection planned by the spring of 2020, will help create one of the finest rail-trails in the state.”

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Connection to Come: The final piece of property  was acquired in order to begin the design and construction of the next phase of the trail that will connect the Forest Hill and Bel Air sections.  The design and engineering phases will begin this year, and construction will be completed in 2019. When the connection is opened, you will enjoy a nearly 8-mile long continuous trail from Forest Hill to Fallston. Your support is more important than ever as we will be working with the County and contributing funds to create special enhancements to the trail. In addition, a member’s support enables us to:

  • Coordinate trail monitors and provide safety vests
  • Maintain and update trail signs and kiosks
  • Communicate with the community via our website, e-mail and Facebook page
  • Hold trail events
  • Work on special trail projects such as our Farm Fair bike corral and Checkerspot butterfly habitat

Please take a moment to join or renew your membership by clicking here.

2016 11-09: The MA & PA Heritage trail will be connected! Recently, in partnership with the Town of Bel Air, Harford County has acquired an easement for a small stretch of land that will finally allow for the connection of the Bel Air and Forest Hill sections of the Trial. The eventual connection will result in an 8-mile long trail that runs through the heart of Bel Air.

News Article: Read about the connection in the Baltimore Sun here.

Video: Watch this informative video below to learn about the new connection and a tidbit of information about the Trail. Click here.


MA & PA Heritage Trail is located on portions of the former Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad corridor in Bel Air and Forest Hill, Maryland.

We help make the trail the best place to walk, run and bicycle in Harford County.