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Spring Grove Hike March 23, 2019

Catonsville Short Line Hike/Walk – Spring Grove Section

Saturday, March 23, 2019  10 a.m.

Join CRTT president, Sheldon Smith, for a 1/4 mile guided tour of the Spring Grove Trail.  This hike is great for beginners as it is only 1/4 mile and is on a sturdy gravel path.  This historic walk will begin at the trail head of the Spring Grove Short Line Trail (near Wade Ave.) and will proceed to Asylum Lane.  Sheldon will discuss the history of the Short Line Railroad as it relates to Spring Grove Hospital and the volunteer efforts to convert the rail line into a bike/hike trail.  Please note that we will not be touring the Spring Grove campus but will be staying on the trail.

A little history:  The Catonsville Short Line Railroad began service in 1884 and provided passenger service to Baltimore City.  It provided residents with access to goods and services such as lumber and coal.  The railroad snaked through Louden Park Cemetery, through Paradise, Spring Grove Hospital and on to its terminus at the Frederick Rd. railroad station (now the site of the C&P building) at Mellor and Frederick.  One of the largest customers was Spring Grove State Hospital (established 1791) who relied on the railroad for coal.  The railroad ceased operations in 1972 but Catonsville Rails To Trails has given new life to this route as a bike hike trail.

Wear sturdy shoes or boots.

9:30 Registration – Join CRTT board members and enjoy free coffee and donuts.

10:00 Hike Begins

11:00 Bonus!!! A railroad handcar (manually operated) demonstration.

12:00 – CRTT encourages hikers to visit one of the restaurants in the Ville.  All hike participants will receive an Atwaters coupon for free iced tea/coffee and a cookie at the cafe, 815 Frederick Rd.

Raindate is Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 1 p.m.

This hike is free but a $10.00 suggested donation is appreciated.  Click here to reserve your ticket.

Refund policy –  We are happy to refund tickets up to one day (24 hours) before the event.

For more information contact Maureen Sweeney Smith at sweeneysmith@comcast.net.








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