UPDATE ON BRIDGES:  The Maintenance is on HOLD for now. We are waiting for more wood (Planks) to be delivered in about 2-4 weeks.   Updated:  10/7/2019 NPA

NOTICE:  Trail Maintenance:

 Starting Monday, September 30, we will be working on repairs to the walking bridges along the Bel Air Section of the Ma & Pa Trail from the Williams Street trail head to the Tollgate Road trail head.  There are two bridges, one near where the trail passes under the by-pass along Tollgate Road and the other bridge is about ¾ mile south of the Williams Street trail head where the Liriodendron spur trail connects to the Ma & Pa Trail.  Work on each bridge will take approximately 2-3 days.


We will start with the bridge closer to Tollgate Road and once that work is complete, we will move to the bridge closer to Williams Street.  During the day (7am to 3pm), when our maintenance staff is onsite doing the work, it is necessary to close the bridge for the safety of trail users.  We will have temporary signage at the trail heads and closer to the bridges on the days we are working.


The week of October 7th, we anticipate working on the walking bridges on the Forest Hill Section of the trail between Blakes Venture Park and Friends Park.  It will be the same approach with our maintenance staff working on the bridges during the day (7am to 3pm) and each bridge will take approximately 2-3 days. 

Updated:   9/25/2019 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.

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 Updated 5/20/2019