The Revolutionary War Forts of the Patapsco River
When: Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Where: Ridgeway Elementary School, 1440 Evergreen Rd, Severn, MD 21144 (Directions below)
Length: Approx. 50 miles at C pace
Be advised, that this cue sheet is approximate, showing distances to the next turn, with no total miles at any point. I will email anyone a cue sheet who would like one. I am also going to send one attached to the club the week of the ride, so that riders can download and print their own sheets. I do not have convenient printing available to me.
Leader: Glenn Angus, 410-55-5083 [410-608-2206] firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride Description: During the Revolutionary War [and for many years afterwards], there were four forts protecting the City of Baltimore from attack by water: Fort McHenry, Fort Armisted, Fort Carroll, and Fort Smallwood. This ride will visit three of these, all but Fort McHenry.
The route will take us past BWI/Marshall Airport, and we will spend some time on the famous B&A Trail before heading NE toward Baltimore Harbor, aka Patapsco River.
Our first stop will be Ft Armisted Park, in the NE part of Anne Arundel County. The park offers spectacular views of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. This park is at the foot of this bridge. Directly offshore, is the historic Ft. Carroll, built on an island more than half way across the river. In view are also some of Baltimore’s steel and ship yards.
We will then head downriver, through Riviera Beach, onto Ft. Smallwood Park, which offers unobstructed spectacular views of Downtown Baltimore, but at nearly 20 miles distant, framed by the Key Bridge. At this point, we are nearly at the Chesapeake Bay, and one can easily see across to the Eastern Shore.
Our return brings us back via Severna Park, and the B&A Trail, winding our way back through Millersville and Severn, for a distance of approximate 50 miles, depending on your computer’s calibration.
The scenery across the water is spectacular. Some of the route may be a bit “urban” for the Frederick area, but there is no heavy congestion with which to deal. Most of the route is easy-going rural/residential roads.
A lunch stop at a sit-down restaurant is not going to be possible. I suggest you bring your food with you. However, in Riviera Beach, about 5-6 miles before the 2nd Rest Stop at Ft Smallwood Park, there is a Royal Farm Store, where one could have a sandwich made to take with you, to eat at the park.
Below are directions to Ridgeway Elementary School.
Take I-70 EAST towards Baltimore
Take MD-29 SOUTH [Exit 87]
Take MD-100 EAST [Exit 22], a LEFT EXIT
Take Telegraph Rd/MD-170 SOUTH [Exit 11]
Pass Donaldson Av/Reese Rd [@ CVS/Royal Farm Store on LEFT] @ TL
In about 1.3 mi, turn LEFT onto Evergreen Rd.
Take 1st driveway LEFT into School. It is only about 50’.
You should allow about 90 minutes travel time.