Special Notice – Please Read


                       Harford County Parks and Recreation

                                  COVID-19 Up-date

                                    March 18, 2020

  • What is open and what is closed?
    • Closed:
      • Parks and Recreation indoor facilities, playgrounds, pavilions and the skate park at the McFaul Activities Center.
      • Restroom buildings that were closed over the winter will remain closed.
      • Cedar Lane Sports Complex, including the walking trail.
    • Open:
      • Outdoor parks and trails, as long as social distancing is maintained. No large groups or teams.
      • Restrooms that stay open year-round (mostly along the Ma & Pa Trail) and portable toilets.


  • Recommendations for trail users on observing social distancing minimums:
    • There are a number of specific recommendations for advising the public to keep safe social distancing when in parks or on trails:
      • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails – wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
      • Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like.  Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
      • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
      • Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed – be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
      • Bring water or drinks – public drinking fountains should not be used.
      • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers

Updated 3/19/2020  NPA


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The MA & PA Heritage Trail is located on portions of the former Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad corridor in Bel Air and Forest Hill, Maryland. Our nonprofit organization, The MA & PA Heritage Trail, Inc, strives to make the MA & PA Trail the best place to walk, run and bike in Harford County! Currently, the trail consists of a 3.3-mile section in Bel Air and a 1.7-mile segment in Forest Hill. 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 its Bel Air and Forest Hill sections. The eventual connection will result in a nearly 8-mile long trail that runs through the heart of Bel Air.

News articles regarding the Trail Connection can be found on our new “In the News” webpage. Watch a short video about the connection by following this link. For more trail-related photos, news and events, please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Check out our new MA&PA T-Shirts available on our Trail Merchandise Page.



 Updated 5/20/2019