Federal Hill

Baltimore, Maryland

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Federal Hill encompasses some of South Baltimore’s oldest architecture. This part of the city has hosted folks since well back in the 18th century, having first been sighted by John Smith more than 400 years ago. The street names in Federal Hill all seem to carry a whiff of Revolutionary War times. When mining, canning, and manufacturing moved in, these industries left Federal Hill a somewhat rundown neighborhood that nevertheless managed to ooze character and a certain blue-collar grace. For many locals, it was here, on the hills above the harbor, that the “real Baltimore” clung tenaciously for decades. Today, Federal Hill is a trendy destination, with some of those rehabbed 18th- and 19th-century houses on cobblestone streets fetching small fortunes. With the addition of a plethora of shops and restaurants, plus one of the coolest museums anywhere—and, of course, the best views in the city—Federal Hill seems poised to retain its current status as “a place to be” for many years to come.

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"Federal Hill encompasses some of South Baltimore’s oldest architecture. This part of the city has hosted folks since well back in the 18th century, having first been sighted by John Smith more than 400 years ago. The street names in Federal Hill all seem to carry a whiff of Revolutionary War times. When mining, canning, and manufacturing moved in, these industries left Federal Hill a somewhat rundown neighborhood that nevertheless managed to ooze character and a certain blue-collar grace. For many locals, it was here, on the hills above the harbor, that the “real Baltimore” clung tenaciously for decades. Today, Federal Hill is a trendy destination, with some of those rehabbed 18th- and 19th-century houses on cobblestone streets fetching small fortunes. With the addition of a plethora of shops and restaurants, plus one of the coolest museums anywhere—and, of course, the best views in the city—Federal Hill seems poised to retain its current status as “a place to be” for many years to come."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Baltimore
Distance: 1.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round

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