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

    Star-Spangled Banner

    National Historic Trail DC, MD, VA


Bladensburg Waterfront Park

Bladensburg Waterfront Park

Explore an Interactive Map highlighting trail land and water routes and sites along the trail. The map will give you directions to your destination.

To find the trail, download a map guide.

The land route of the trail begins in Solomons, Maryland. The southern half is well-marked with route marker signage. The remainder of the land route will be marked over the next year.

Explore water segments with the aid of map guides and interpretive signage.

You can begin exploring the trail from any site or segment you choose. Here are some suggested places to start.


Did You Know?

Star-Spangled Banner National Anthem sheet music

Francis Scott Key's patriotic song describing the bombardment of Fort McHenry was first published as a broadside in 1814. The broadside included important details on how the song came to be written and shows that it was originally titled "Defense of Fort M'Henry."