60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore
by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)
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Very accessible (I biked in via Wyman Park Drive, which became East Drive inside the park) ... but this accessibility means crowds -- although there is generally plenty of room, one needs to be highly mindful of others -- e.g., the elderly and/or infirm who want to stroll in the opposite direction from the posted clockwise direction, the kids who aren't looking where they are going (much less others), the dog-walkers who languidly shuffle in the bike lane, and, worst of all, the joggers who cut across the bike lane without any apparent fear of collision -- all of this happened to me several times within just a few minutes! (i.e., two laps) Furthermore, all these issues are magnified at the southern portion of the paved "trail" where it constricts to only about 4-5 feet across -- I had to shout "passing on your left" about four times (x4) before one dog-walker restrained her mutts. Still, a very beautiful and well-maintained park. I intend to return (but I'm considering bringing an air-horn with me next time).
More of a leisurely walk/jog than a true hike, this is a nice wide, flat, paved road around the reservoir. Obviously very urban, part of this path is directly next to a busy road (but well separated for safety.) Plenty of parking, adjacent to the Zoo if that interests you. Pretty well lit (I think they close at sundown but I ran there slightly after that anyway and still felt pretty safe.) I love to jog here!
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