How to Follow the Trail

Download the pocket guide, or pick one up on your next visit to Fort McHenry.

Looking to roadtrip?

Explore the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail by car and enjoy over 100 miles of scenic byway!

For great views of the Eastern Shore or upper Chesapeake Bay, follow the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway or Lower Susquehanna Scenic Byway.

Keep an eye out for the Trail’s sign along the way, marking the route of the driving trail and directing you to sites related to the War of 1812. 

Things to Do 

Get out on the Star-Spangled Banner Tail and take advantage of the numerous learning and recreation opportunities!

  • Paddle, pedal, or picnic at more than 160 locations throughout the Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network. The network’s water trails, parks, museums, wildlife refuges, and historic sites offer hands-on, family-friendly opportunities to explore the Bay.
  • Embark on an adventure along the Star-Spangled Banner Geotrail.
  • Get your NPS Passport stamped at more than 10 locations along the trail.
  • Walk the same roads British troops walked and see the landscapes they saw between Benedict, Maryland, on the shores of the Patuxent, and Bladensburg, Maryland near Washington, DC.
  • Hop a ferry to Tangier Island, Virginia, from Crisfield, Maryland, or Reedville, Virginia and explore the island by bike or kayak, which you can rent from the Tangier History Museum and Interpretive Cultural Center.
  • Find self-guided tours, places to visit, and things to by region ( offered several pages dedicated to different regions- do we want to do this? Should we provide a listing with less or no info instead?)

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