The historic Ellicott City/Catonsville Trolley Line #9 Trail is a 1.25-mile boardwalk and paved trail in Baltimore County, Maryland. It begins just beyond the Patapsco River’s edge. Access the trail by the staircase off parking lot A on Oella Avenue at Main Street or from Westchester Avenue.
The trail is heavily wooded with a stream, it’s enjoyable for walking, running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Well behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leash.
- A well-traveled woodland recreational trail popular with cyclist, joggers and dogwalkers. The Cooper Branch, a natural stream, parallels the trail providing a soothing soundtrack complete with waterfalls.
- A newly constructed, curved boardwalk cuts through 100-foot high, hand cut granite walls creating a spectacular canyon walk-through.
- Near the one-mile mark, a short detour off the trail will take you to Banneker Historical Park & Museum featuring archaeological sites and a living history museum recreating the colonial life of Benjamin Banneker, an African American astronomer and farmer.
- The Oella Ave. road crossing provides access to several shops including The Breadery, Jay’s Country Store, Trueth’s Butcher Shop and the Benjamin Banneker Museum.
- Shop at Ellicott City’s Main Street with 70 unique shops and restaurants. Visit the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum, the oldest surviving railroad station in the country.
- A bike share station is available near 8321 Main Street at the top of the hill. A bike shop, The Cycle Mill, is located near River Road.