Gwynns Falls Park

Baltimore, Maryland

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Adjacent to and connected with Leakin Park, this section of the Gwynns Falls Trail runs through the largest unbroken urban forest in the United States. Follow the falls several miles through its most scenic sections to Leon Day Park and back. Walk away from Clifton Avenue and head straight into the woods. Initially very tall oaks completely covered in kudzu flank the wide trail, but after 300 feet the trail turns to cedar chips; you’re now deep in the woods. Ignore the cut to the right and continue down the hill straight ahead until you can see Gwynns Falls; be careful—this downhill section of the trail is very rocky and it’s easy to trip and twist an ankle. When you reach the falls, head left and walk downstream.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Adjacent to and connected with Leakin Park, this section of the Gwynns Falls Trail runs through the largest unbroken urban forest in the United States. Follow the falls several miles through its most scenic sections to Leon Day Park and back. Walk away from Clifton Avenue and head straight into the woods.

Initially very tall oaks completely covered in kudzu flank the wide trail, but after 300 feet the trail turns to cedar chips; you’re now deep in the woods. Ignore the cut to the right and continue down the hill straight ahead until you can see Gwynns Falls; be careful—this downhill section of the trail is very rocky and it’s easy to trip and twist an ankle. When you reach the falls, head left and walk downstream.

©  Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Baltimore
Distance: 5.1
Elevation Gain: 280 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Gwynns Falls Park
Local Maps: USGS Baltimore West
Driving Directions: Directions to Gwynns Falls Park

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