Welcome to the Grand History Trail

The Grand History Trail is a proposed 250+ mile trail connecting Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The trail winds through the rolling hills of South Central Pennsylvania, encountering York, the birthplace of the Articles of Confederation, and Gettysburg, a location rich in history and home to one of the most visited National Military Parks in the country.

From Gettysburg, the trail meanders south across the Mason Dixon Line through Maryland's Catoctin region offering sightseeing options at Anteitam Battlefield and scenic Harper's Ferry.  The proposed route follows the C&O Canal trail before heading into our Nation's capital.

From the District of Columbia, the trail travels east to Annapolis, America's sailing capital, situated on the shoreline of the grand Chesapeake Bay. There the route joins the Baltimore and Annapolis trail which treks north to Baltimore, where a visit to the Inner Harbour, Fells Point and Fort McHenry is a must. From Baltimore, trailgoers head north to the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail before connecting with the Heritage Rail Trail, a 22 + mile trail, the terminus of which is York, Pennsylvania.

Annapolis, MD

Annapolis, MD

America's Sailing Capital

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Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, MD

Largest City in Maryland

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C&O Canal Towpath

C&O Canal Towpath

Unlock history

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Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg, PA

The battle that changed America

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Washington, DC

Washington, DC

The Nation's Capital

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York, PA

York, PA

America's First Capital

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