Havre de Grace gets federal funding for a new public wharf, shuttle and walking trails

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The charming upper bay town of Havre de Grace is about to get even better for boating and outdoor recreation.

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

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

The project aims to further stimulate day tourism for boaters and hikers who will have a new nature trail destination. Nautical tourism is a big part of Havre de Grace’s economic plan, and Maryland senators hope the projects will kickstart travel and tourism recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This funding will provide a boost to tourism and recreation in Harford County while benefiting Marylanders and people from outside our state who wish to visit,” said Senator Van Hollen.

You can find out more about the Swan Harbor Farm Trail and Havre de Grace parks and trails here.

To plan a weekend on the water in Havre de Grâce, consult our guide Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Here you will find how to get there by boat, as well as where to eat, shop and stay.

-Meg Walburn Viviano

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