What is the Trail?

What is the Trail? > Management & Partners

The Star-Spangled Banner Trail is administered by the National Park Service in coordination with Maryland Office of Tourism Development and State Highway Administration. The trail is managed and developed through partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies; War of 1812 Bicentennial commissions and committees; and private organizations in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The Star-Spangled Banner Trail would not be possible without the support and participation of the public and private partners listed below.

Trail partners also include the 130 and individual sites that provide trail-related programming, events, exhibits, and interpretive media. Go to My Adventure Planner to plan your visit to these sites.

Federal Agencies

Many trail projects and programs are funded and implemented in coordination with other federal agencies that share an interest in trail interpretation, education, access, and resource protection, including:

Trail projects are also implemented in partnership with the Captain John Smith Chesapeake Trail, Potomac Heritage Trail, Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, and more than 13 national parks along the trail.

State and Local Agencies

Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and counties through which the trail passes provide funding and help manage trail-related projects. They also have authority over route improvements. Departments and agencies in charge of planning, preservation, zoning, parks and recreation, and tourism in the following jurisdictions help make the trail a success:

Regional Non-profit Partners

Regional partners help coordinate and prioritize trail projects and programs. Historical societies, heritage areas, watershed groups, genealogical societies, community organizations, and tourism alliances all play a role in making the trail a success. These include:

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