Rally to connect the Ma & Pa trail will be held Saturday in Bel Air

The Ma & Pa Heritage Trail, Inc. will hold a rally Saturday to raise awareness on connecting the two segments of the trail.

The non-profit group, which works with Harford County Parks and Recreation to maintain the trail, and community members will gather 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the trail head at Williams and Ellendale streets in Bel Air. There will be live music by BirdDog and free snacks.

The organization's goal is to bridge the divide between the two segments of the trail in Bel Air and Forest Hill, as well as to raise awareness of the popular trail's huge impact on the greater Bel Air area.

There is a three-mile gap between the two segments that make up the 5.75-mile trail. Most of the gap is on the northwest side of the town of Bel Air through the Rock Spring area.

Harford County, which owns and maintains the trail, already has rights-of-way through most of the gap that follows the route of the old Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad.

A similar rally was also held last year, which organizers said was a success.

Rod Bourn, president of the Ma & Pa Trail Inc., said about 25 people walked the trail in an invitation-only Awareness Walk aimed at community leaders, and many more came to the rally itself.

Parking will be available at the Liriodendron at the end of West Broadway.

For more information about the group and Saturday's rally, visit http://www.mapatrail.org.

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