The Ballenger Creek Trail will run from Ballenger Creek Park to Buckeystown Pike and will primarily follow along Ballenger Creek for a distance of approximately 4 miles. The alignment will link residential communities to schools, parks, places, or business and entertainment with the hopes of encouraging the use of the trail for travel between work, home and school as well as being a recreational facility in itself. The trail is being constructed with 10-foot-wide asphalt surface, which will allow use by walkers, bikers, roller bladders, etc. The trail will accommodate those with disabilities.
Ballenger Creek Trail Sections
The Ballenger Creek Trail consists of 6 continuous sections. The following is a description of each Section of the Ballenger Creek Trail and indicates the current status of that section. Construction of each section will either be completed by Frederick County or by a developer.
Section I (Ballenger Creek Park Section) - Under Design This future County funded trail section would connect the Ballenger Run Section to Ballenger Creek Park. The trail would utilize a pedestrian crossing along Maryland Route 351, in front of Tuscarora High School, enter the park and connect to the existing internal trail system.
Section II (Ballenger Run Section) - Pending Developer Construction
This future developer funded design/construction trail project would connect the sidewalk/trail that runs along east side of Maryland Route 351, runs through the developer’s property and will connect with the existing Section III (Kingsbrook Section). Section III (Kingsbrook Section) - Completed
Construction of this section of trail was completed in 2013. This trail section connects the future Ballenger Run Section, follow Ballenger Creek, goes underneath New Design Road and end at developer funded parking lot on Advisors Court. This trail section also has a spur which connects the main trail to Kingsbrook Drive, near Ballenger Creek Elementary. This County funded section of trail received a Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) Grant which paid for 80% of construction costs.
The Frederick County Division of Parks and Recreation received a donation of 6 QR Fit Trail Signs to Section III of the Ballenger Creek Trail from Bimbo Bakeries USA. These signs display QR codes, which when scanned with a smart phone, display a variety of exercises that trail users can follow. These signs are a commitment by Bimbo Bakeries to provide for and improve the health and fitness of all that utilize the Ballenger Creek Trail. The Frederick County Division of Parks and Recreation recognizes and appreciates Bimbo Bakeries’ generous donation and look forward to partnering with them on future opportunities.
Section IV (Advisors Court Section) - Under Construction
Trail section will connect Advisors Court parking lot to the Westview South Trail. This County funded section of trail received a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant which will paid for up to 80% of construction costs. This section of trail includes a bridge crossing over Ballenger Creek.
Section V (Westview South Section) - Completed Developer completed construction of this section in 2010. Trail section will connect Advisors Court Section to Buckeystown Section. This section of trail includes a bridge crossing over Ballenger Creek.
Section VI (Buckeystown Pike Section) - Pending Developer Construction This future developer funded design/construction trail project will connect Westview South Section to property adjacent to Maryland Route 85 (Buckeystown Pike).