Among other things, the federal funds will be used to complete the Swan Harbor trail. The portion seen here was completed in 2006. Photo: BayLand Consultants.

Havre de Grace Gets Federal Funds for New Public Boat Pier, Shuttle, Walking Trails

The upper Bay’s charming city of Havre de Grace is about to get even better for boating and outdoor recreation.

$319,200 in federal funding is being invested through the Economic Development Administration’s Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation to boost Harford County travel and tourism.

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) announced the American Rescue Plan funding, which will be used to build a public boat pier and dock, buy an electric shuttle for visitors, install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and complete the Swan Harbor Trail.

The project aims to spur more day tourism for recreational boaters and hikers who will have a new natural trail destination. Water tourism is a big part of Havre de Grace’s economic plan, and the senators from Maryland hope the projects will jump-start travel and tourism recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This funding will provide a boost to Harford County’s tourism and recreation while benefiting Marylanders and folks from outside our state looking to visit,” says Sen. Van Hollen.

You can learn more about the Swan Harbor Farm Trail and Havre de Grace’s parks and trails here.

To plan a weekend on the water in Havre de Grace, check out our guide in Chesapeake Bay Magazine. You’ll find how to arrive by boat, plus where to eat, shop, and stay.

-Meg Walburn Viviano