The Ballenger Creek Trail will be four miles in length and connect Ballenger Creek Park to Buckeystown Pike. The trail is aligned primarily along Ballenger Creek, linking residential communities to schools, parks, places of business and entertainment, while serving as a recreational facility in and of itself. The trail is an ADA-compliant, ten foot wide multi-use trail that allows for condition-dependent use by walkers, joggers, skaters and cyclists.
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) - Completed Construction of this section of trail was completed in 2019. This trail section connects Ballenger Creek Park to the future developer funded Ballenger Run Section. The trail utilizes a pedestrian crossing along Maryland Route 351, in front of Tuscarora High School, enter the park and connects 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) - Completed
Construction of this section of trail was completed in 2018. This trail section connects the Kingsbrook Section to the Westview South Section of 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 provides 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) - Completed Construction of this section of trail was completed in 2019. Both the developer and County provided funding for construction of this section of trail, which connects Westview South Section to behind the Hotel 2 facility on Maryland Route 85 (Buckeystown Pike).