BNHA Historic National Road

Resource Type

Trails and Byways

The Historic National Road was the nation’s first federally-funded interstate highway. Opening westward expansion, it became a transportation corridor for the movement of goods and people. The road extends from Baltimore City to western Illinois. Visitors experience 200 years of American history as they visit classic inns, tollhouses, diners, and motels along the route.  Within the heritage area the road, designated a National Scenic Byway, follows Pratt Street (eastbound) and Lombard Street (westbound) for almost two miles, as well as a quarter-mile mile section on Frederick Road (MD 144) where it crosses the Gwynns Falls Greenway.