Havre de Grace to North East
The Mason Dixon Trail travels mostly along roadways in this 16.2 mile section. The map begins near the police shooting range off Quarry Road, and travels along the Susquehanna and under the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (Route 40).
The path continues on side streets in Havre de Grace and then comes to a halt at the Route 40 bridge entrance. No foot traffic is allowed on the bridge, therefore hikers must drive (or catch a ride) across.
Walking commences at the Route 40 and Route 222 intersection. Parking is available (during non-school hours) at the Perryville Middle School, located on the corner of 222 and Chestnut Street.
The trail follows lightly trafficked, sidewalk bordered roads. The historic Rodgers Tavern is located at mile 3. The tavern served as a restaurant and lodge from the 1740’s to 1880. A sign along the trail states that “George Washington frequently stopped between 1781-1798. Today, the building serves as a museum and center for community events.
From the tavern, the path follows the southern border of Perry Point Peninsula, providing beautiful views of Susquehanna River joining the Chesapeake Bay. The trail passes the VA Medical Center, Veterans Museum at the Grist Mill and travels through the Perryville Community Park on the peninsula point.
Return to roadways, walking on Ikea Road, Route 7 and Belvedere Road for about 3.5 miles. Turn onto Logistics Way, a driveway and parking area for Holman Contract Warehousing.
At the northeast end of the driveway, walk through the grass and veer left onto the marked trail.
For 2.7 miles, the trail is dirt and in places, water logged. We walked this section in December, and there were sections that we had difficulty crossing without getting our feet wet.
The trail weaves through woods and ends in the Whitaker Woods neighborhood. Follow the sidewalk on Forge Court Road, and in the cup-de-sac, walk on the grassy right-of-way between houses #200 and #202.
Turn right onto Red Toad Road for .2 miles, then turn left on Razor Strap Road and walk .5 miles. Before crossing a small bridge, turn right onto a grassy field and follow the tree/shrub line to Wells Camp Road, which is blocked off to vehicles. Continue to Route 40.
Turn left onto Route 40, a busy divided highway. Walk on the berm of the road, facing traffic, for .7 mile, then cross the highway at the Route 272 traffic light.
Walk south on Route 272 into North East. The .6 mile section has a sidewalk, making this road piece very safe.
At the PNC bank, turn left onto West Cecil Avenue (Route 7) and walk about a half mile. Pass the North East Middle School and several homes before turning right onto Cemetery Road. Walk .2 miles and turn left into the Memorial Cemetery driveway to proceed to the dirt trail.
Parking options west to east
Note: mileage below is based upon the paper maps provided by the Mason Dixon Trail Club and not by my gps mapping on AllTrails. Parking is noted on the AllTrails maps as a second source of information.
Mile .9 – A few blocks away from the trail is the Jean S Roberts Park, 600 Water Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Mile 1.3 – 2 blocks from the trail is McDonalds (large parking area, restrooms, and iced cold drinks!)
Mile 3.5 – Perryville Middle School Parking Lot (when school is not in session)
Mile 4.7 – Historic Rodgers Tavern parking lot
Mile 11.8 – Roadside parking on Logistics Way at Holmon Contract Warehousing
Mile 18 – Memorial Cemetery has space for 1 or 2 vehicles
Mile 18 – .3 miles from the trail and cemetery, the North East Elementary School parking lot is available when school is not in session