• The Star-Spangled Banner flying over Tangier Island, VA.

    Star-Spangled Banner

    National Historic Trail DC, MD, VA

Comprehensive Management Plan

The National Trails System Act directs the National Park Service to prepare a plan for new national trails that describes how the trails will develop and be maintained. The purpose of the plan is to identify trail priorities through a consensus-driven planning process that involves trail partners and stakeholders. The plan describes how and where NPS and its partners will prioritize resource protection, provide education and interpretation, and improve the visitor experience in the future.

In June 2012 NPS, in coordination with Maryland Office of Tourism Development and Maryland State Highway Administration, completed a management plan for the trail and the companion Star-Spangled Banner Byway in Maryland.

Learn more and download the Comprehensive Management Plan.

Did You Know?

The British burned parts of Washington, D.C. including the White House in August 1814.

The low point in the War of 1812 for the United States was undoubtedly the British occupation of Washington in August of 1814. Neither Secretary of War John Armstrong nor any other high official in the government thought the capital was in jeopardy because it had no real strategic value.