The #9 trolley line arrived in Ellicott City in 1899 and served the community for the next 55 years. This route was known for its scenic woodland views as the line dropped into the Patapsco River Valley.
In 1991, a century after it was constructed, Boy Scout Troop 456, organized the effort to clear and pave the #9 Trolley Line for a bike/hike trail as part of a very successful Eagle Scout project.
Today, the path is paved and features a section of boardwalk next to walls of rock that were hand-cut by the original builders.
Highlights Of The Trail
- Boardwalk – The trail features a boardwalk that curves between the canyons of granite that was hand-cut in the 1890s when the electric streetcar rails were built from Ellicott City to Catonsville. These 100-foot walls are a striking gateway to the trail from historic Ellicott City just across the Patapsco River from Oella.
- A stream feeding into the Patapsco River follows along a portion of the trail providing a peaceful soundtrack to your journey.
- Wildlife A variety of wild life can be encountered on the path from a rare black squirrel to owls soaring silently overhead.
- Benches dot the trail and offer a great opportunity to rest and enjoy the scenery.
- Near the 1-mile mark, a short detour off the trail will take you to Banneker Historical Park & Museum, which has nature trails, archaeological sites, and living history areas re-creating the colonial farm and life of Benjamin Banneker, an African-American astronomer and farmer.
- The Baltimore & Ohio Train Museum – Ellicott City Station highlights the rich history of the nation’s first railroad.
- Along Oella Ave is The Breadery where you can get water and snacks, and Trueth’s Meats, a butcher shop with freshly cut meats. The Trolley Stop Restaurant is located at the Ellicott City end of the trail.