Fort Howard Park Trail

Fort Howard, Maryland

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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 preparation of fortifying the area essential to repelling naval attacks on the City of Baltimore. Originally called North Point Military Reservation and renamed Fort Howard, for Colonel John Eager Howard, in 1904, it served as the headquarters of Baltimore’s coastal defenses from the time the first troops arrived on June 27, 1899, until the last troops left in August 1940. The Veterans Administration (VA) acquired the property, and now a chain-link fence separates the grounds of the VA Hospital from the park.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

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 preparation of fortifying the area essential to repelling naval attacks on the City of Baltimore.

Originally called North Point Military Reservation and renamed Fort Howard, for Colonel John Eager Howard, in 1904, it served as the headquarters of Baltimore’s coastal defenses from the time the first troops arrived on June 27, 1899, until the last troops left in August 1940. The Veterans Administration (VA) acquired the property, and now a chain-link fence separates the grounds of the VA Hospital from the park.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Fort Howard
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 20 feet
Top Elevation: 20 feet
Local Contacts: Fort Howard Park
Local Maps: USGS Sparrows Point
Driving Directions: Directions to Fort Howard Park Trail

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Apr 2018