60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore
by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)
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Considering how close this park is to the busy streets of Bel Air Road and Putty Hill Ave, its remarkably quiet. Its a great place to bring your kids as they will enjoy the various playgrounds and climbing on the rocks that line Stemmers Run.
I frequent this trail as an after work hike and am joined by about 5-10 others. You really feal like you are far removed from civilization on this hike which is just what is needed after a day at work. There are several places to see small cascading waterfalls and tons of birds. We counted 16 deer on our trip this day! Also, leashed dogs are allowed. I have a service dog so he can go anwhere due to his status as a medical necessaty for me on the trail, but it is nice that other canines are allowed. You will see a wonderful variety of flowers this time of year and even wild roses! Great short hike on well maintaned trails. This would also be a very good trail for newbie hikers wanting to learn to read blazes since they are very pronounced and so well marked.
Nice for what it is - short, local hike. I did it on a Monday after work. There is a section near the end that is a bit overgrown with sticker bushes, so wear long pants. It had been raining for 2 days straight, and still the stream crossings were easy and the mud wasn't too gross.
THE DIRECTIONS HAVE A MISTAKE! Once you are on Putty Hill, Fowler is considerably more than 0.2 miles. Just keep going, you should see it before too long.
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