Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Riversdale Encampment


The Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and Byway “connects the places, people and events that led to the birth of the National Anthem.  The 290-mile trail stretches over beautiful rolling farmland, charming historic towns, and populated urban areas, following scenic rivers and the treasured Chesapeake bay in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.  During the War of 1812, this region was a center of a desperate struggle between the young United States and the empire of Great Britain.  Riverbanks where people now fish once echoed with the sounds of cannon fire.  Today a trip along the Trail offers countless learning and recreation opportunities for Bay residents and visitors.” – National Park Service brochure.


The Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and Byway will be a catalyst and legacy for the War of 1812 Bicentennial.  Leading from Benedict in Charles County into Prince George’s County at Upper Marlboro, coming through Washington D.C. and then into Anacostia Trails Heritage Area before heading to Baltimore, the land route will be a great way to experience the Chesapeake Campaign of 1814.


Visit the Battle of Bladensburg Visitors Center at Bladensburg Waterfront Park (4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD) for details and to start our walking tour!