The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is made up of parks, museums, outdoor trails, and waterways. Weather can effect the hours of operation and access points to many sites along the trail.
Exercise caution when exploring the trail outdoors. Dress appropriately for seasonal conditions such as heat, snow, and ice.
Parks, museums, and visitor centers may be impacted by weather conditions year round. Please call ahead to your planned trail stop for updates on operation hours and closures in the event of inclement weather.
The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a 560-mile land and water route that tells the story of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region. It connects historic sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia and commemorates the events leading up to the Battle for Baltimore, the aftermath of which inspired Francis Scott Key to write our National Anthem. The trail traces American and British troop movements, introduces visitors to communities affected by the war, and highlights the Chesapeake region’s distinctive landscapes and waterways.
The trail has many points of entry and exploration along the auto route and water route.
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine serves as the trail's premier visitor and orientation center.
Last updated: June 4, 2018