A 42-mile trail linking Annapolis to Baltimore-Washington International Airport was named a national Millennium Legacy Trail last week, a designation that should bring increased recognition and some federal money.
The Maryland trail -- a combination of the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail, the BWI Trail and Colonial Annapolis Maritime Trail -- was one of 50 pathways across the nation to be given the designation. The selections were announced in Washington by first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"I think it's terrific for the state and this trail system in particular," said Charlie Adams, director of environmental design for the State Highway Administration. "It highlights how important trails have become to outside recreation."
Each state was asked to nominate a trail under the $5 million Department of Transportation program, which is designed to promote trail use. Trails selected will get wooden markers designating them as Millennium Legacy Trails and a listing in a national trails database.
The choice was easy in Maryland, said Adams, chairman of the committee that recommended trails for the governor to nominate. Adams said only one local trail group, Friends of the B&A; Trail, forwarded an application.
"There were actually several other trails mentioned," Adams said. "But no other trail groups got us any information."
The selection is the second phase of the Millennium Trails program. The first phase identified 16 national millennium trails, including two that meet in Maryland: the east-west American Discovery Trail and the East Coast Greenway, which runs north-south.