60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore Guide Book

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)
60 Hikes within 60 Miles Baltimore  by Evan Balkan

336pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 089732692X

Within an hour’s drive of Maryland’s largest city, an abundance of natural and scenic places remains. From hikes within the city, including the new 14-mile Gwynns Falls Trail that runs from the northwest past the Inner Harbor, to the solitude of rural Carroll and northwest Baltimore counties, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore is a guide to great hikes in the area. The author recommends hikes good for children, hikes for viewing wildlife, for bird-watching, for solitude, and more. Some trails are virtually unknown even to avid area outdoor enthusiasts. Whether customers are looking for a day-long trek or an hour-long stroll, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore will help introduce or reacquaint residents and visitors with all the natural wonders that Charm City has to offer.

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Trails from the "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 71.
... Preview: The B&A Trail serves as Anne Arundel’s linear island in the most congested part of the county. This park provides a haven for bikers, strollers, and hikers. The B&A Trail, a rails-to-trails park that ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Glen Burnie, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.7
... Preview: Join the throngs strolling around Baltimore’s tourist mecca, but end up where few tourists venture. At the Living Classroom Foundation, you’ll see a sign pointing you to the “pedestrian walkway” (the ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Baltimore, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.7
... Preview: Take in historic sites with a big dose of nature. Along the way, enjoy a good meal and shopping in Ellicott City. Benjamin Banneker, the foremost African-American man of science in the early years of ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Catonsville, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.9
... Preview: Hiking at an airport? It’s a lot more pleasant than it sounds. Marvel at the woods and wetlands that still coexist with the airport and be awed by jets flying just above your head. One caveat: the ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Glen Burnie, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.6
... Preview: Stroll around man-made Centennial Lake, an oasis in the middle of Columbia, and enjoy the diversity of foliage in Centennial Arboretum. You will pass a volleyball court and playgrounds at 150 feet on ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Columbia, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.3
... Preview: An opportunity for pleasant hiking within 371- acre Cromwell Valley Park, as well as adding a more strenuous Loch Raven extension. Keep your eyes open for abundant wildlife. Cromwell Valley Park (CVP) ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Parkville, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
... Preview: Take in a stunning array of flowers and trees on the grounds of a beautiful 19th-century mansion. Construction on the Italianate Cylburn Mansion began in 1863, but it wasn’t completed until 1888, when ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Baltimore, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
... Preview: Enjoy a remarkably isolated spot where Stemmers Run meanders over a slew of rocks in the heart of heavily populated Parkville-Overlea. The Parkville Recreation Council manages the Double Rock recreati ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Parkville, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.25
... Preview: Enjoy a heady combination of mature forest, boggy marshland, self-guided nature trails, golden sand beach, and stunning water views. This land, now owned by the Anne Arundel County Department of Parks ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Gibson Island, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
... Preview: With plenty of opportunity to relax, enjoy a loop around Druid Lake and everything else that historic Druid Hill Park has to offer. Most traffic will be folks trying to get into (or stay in) shape. If ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Baltimore, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Spot a great blue heron wading in Saltpeter Creek among the rushes and cattails. Head left on the trail at the wooden fences where tall cattails sway in the breeze. This network of paved paths runs ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Chase, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
... Preview: Hike through diverse wooded flatland, rolling hills, and marshlands in Elk Neck State Park’s lesser-known cousin. Identified on maps as Trails 1, 2, and 3, the “trails” are actually wide forest roads, ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
North East, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.9
... Preview: Do it all at Elk Neck State Park in one long day of hiking and biking. If it’s summer, leave time for swimming as well. Head straight away from the parking area on the wide, packed-dirt Blue Trail. ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
North East, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 13.5
... Preview: Almost endless opportunities in this bucolic corner of extreme northeastern Maryland. With more than 5,600 acres and 75 miles of multiuse trails, Fair Hill has something for everyone. This hike take ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Benson, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 18
... Preview: Meander along the well-fortified confluence of the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay. Fort Howard traces its beginnings to 1896, when the U.S. government began purchasing land on North Point in prepar ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Fort Howard, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: Feel the stirrings of patriotism as you circle the most prominent symbol of the indomitable will of the fledgling United States. Walk along the seawall of the harbor where Francis Scott Key wrote our ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Baltimore, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: Take a short but secluded walk through a varied landscape—river valley, rolling fields, and piedmont forest. Follow the sign to Gillis Falls Trailhead and go left from the parking area; you’ll see a l ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Woodbine, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
... Preview: Circle Gunpowder Falls at arguably its prettiest and most scenic section. The wrought iron Masemore Road Bridge was built in 1898. A wooden pole sits just to the left of the bridge, pointing out the w ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Parkton, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 13.2
... Preview: Leave from historic Jerusalem Village and follow the floodplain of Little Gunpowder Falls before returning for a trip to the Jericho Covered Bridge. You can spend hours in historic Jerusalem Village a ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Kingsville, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
... Preview: Stroll through the floodplain along Gunpowder River and then traverse upland forest to the sight of an abandoned millpond, now lost to the forest floor. You’ll see many people with fishing poles headi ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Perry Hall, MD - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3

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