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BWI Trail

Thomas A. Dixon Observation Area
Thomas A. Dixon Observation Area
 
At Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie the B&A Trail ends and the BWI Trail begins. The BWI Trail circles BWI Airport for an additional 12.5 miles of paved trail. A parking lot and a children’s playground are located at the Thomas A. Dixon Observation Area on Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. Several scenic views of the Airport are found along this loop trail. A spur trail from BWI Trail at Andover Road leads to the Linthicum Light Rail Station. Both Trails are open dawn to dusk.
      
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Anne Arundel County Trails does not maintain any restroom facilities on this trail. However the Maryland Aviation Administration maintains a port-a-pot at the Thomas A. Dixon lot.

  
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There are two parking lots on the BWI Trail. The first is the Thomas A. Dixon Observation Area and the second is Saw Mill Creek Park. Because it’s only about a mile from the end of the B&A Trail, the lot in Glen Burnie is also a viable option.

  
Thomas A. Dixon Observation Area & Saw Mill Creek Park
  
 

From the Bay Bridge and Points East: Take Rte 50 west to exit 21 I-97 north. Take exit 15, Rte 176 (Dorsey Rd) east towards the Airport. Continue on Rte 176 a short distance, the Observation Area is on the left just before WB&A Road. For Saw Mill Creek Park, when exiting I-97 onto Dorsey Rd go west away from the Airport. The Park is on the right very near the I-97 interchange.

From Annapolis and points South:   Take Solomons Island Road (Rte 2) north to Rte 50 west. Take exit 21, I-97 north to exit 15, Rte 176 Dorsey Rd) east towards the Airport. Continue on Rte 176 a short distance, the Observation Area is on the left just before WB&A Road. For Saw Mill Creek Park, when exiting I-97 onto Dorsey Rd go west away from the Airport. The Park is on the right very near the I-97 interchange.

From Baltimore and points North/ N. West: Take I-695 to I-97 south. Take exit 15, Rte 176 (Dorsey Rd) east towards the Airport. Continue on Rte 176 a short distance, the Observation Area is on the left just before WB&A Road. For Saw Mill Creek Park, when exiting I-97 onto Dorsey Rd go west away from the Airport. The Park is on the right very near the I-97 interchange.

From Washington and points West: Take Rte 50 east to exit 21 I-97 north. Continue to exit 15, Rte 176 (Dorsey Rd) east towards the Airport. Continue on Rte 176 a short distance, the Observation Area is on the left just before WB&A Road. For Saw Mill Creek Park, when exiting I-97 onto Dorsey Rd go west away from the Airport. The Park is on the right very near the I-97 interchange.

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From 295 (BW Parkway) take exit 9 for Rte 100 east. Continue east to exit 11 Rte 170 (Telegraph Rd) north. At the first light make a right onto Rte 176 (Dorsey Rd). Continue east on Rte 176 for about a mile, the Observation Lot is on the right just past WB&A Road. For Saw Mill Creek Park, continue on Dorsey Rd the park is just past the I-97 interchange.
  

  
Thomas A. Dixon Observation Area
   
The Anne Arundel County Trails are a unit of the Park Operations Division of the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks                                

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