Wyman Park-Stoney Run Trail

Baltimore, Maryland

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Escape the city without leaving it as you hike through a wooded riparian buffer in the neighborhoods of Wyman Park and historic Roland Park, part of the vision of famed American urban architect Frederick Law Olmsted. When you reach the path, head right so you can rightly claim hiking the entire trail end to end since parking is impossible at the southern terminus—but it’s only 0.4 mile to the end. Along the way, you’ll cross under a stone bridge below Remington Avenue; a second, larger bridge soon appears, and you’ll hear the traffic crossing overhead on Keswick Road. Stay on the trail down toward the water, which disappears in a thick stand of exposed vegetation and plunges underground, eventually making its way to the harbor downtown.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Escape the city without leaving it as you hike through a wooded riparian buffer in the neighborhoods of Wyman Park and historic Roland Park, part of the vision of famed American urban architect Frederick Law Olmsted. When you reach the path, head right so you can rightly claim hiking the entire trail end to end since parking is impossible at the southern terminus—but it’s only 0.4 mile to the end.

Along the way, you’ll cross under a stone bridge below Remington Avenue; a second, larger bridge soon appears, and you’ll hear the traffic crossing overhead on Keswick Road. Stay on the trail down toward the water, which disappears in a thick stand of exposed vegetation and plunges underground, eventually making its way to the harbor downtown.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Baltimore
Length: 5.3
Elevation Gain: 110 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 200 feet
Top Elevation: 310 feet
Local Contacts: Wyman Park
Local Maps: USGS Baltimore West, Baltimore East
Topo Map: Wyman Park-Stoney Run Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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5/15/2010

A TALE OF TWO TRAILS -- 05/15/2010 -- beginning at University Boulevard I finally had the "urban/riparian trail" experience I expected -- there are few places to legally park a car anywhere along the trail, so I highly recommend simply biking to the trail, but it is totally worth it! And if you start on the south end, then the return trip will be entirely down-hill :-) Furthermore, the Hampden neighborhood (essentially Elm Avenue @ West 36th Street (39.331181,-76.631243) is there to slake your thirst and provide a snack. ~*~*~*~*~*~ 05/08/2010 -- I was taking a trip to the 21211 post office, anyway, so I decided to also take the long-postponed trip along the Stoney Run Trail. I enjoyed myself, but frankly, I was also very disappointed. {1.} the point of entry suggested by the trail guide (i.e., 33rd Street at Remington Avenue) is steep and unstable: broken asphalt, rocky, etc. {2.} the trail quickly narrows to barely a foot trail with ZERO room for error: the east side (i.e., the creek side) drops-off very steeply, fifty feet almost straight down at some points, with the aptly-named Stoney Run to meet you at the bottom. {3.} the trail abruptly ends with construction, in both directions, only about 1/4 mile from the the point of entry suggested by the trail guide (i.e., 33rd Street at Remington Avenue). This trail seems like it could really be something, if it had some serious stewardship.

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