Adventure Begins at the Bay's Front Door

Adventure Begins at the Bay's Front Door (HM1IJ1)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21230
Country: United States of America

N 39° 17.052', W 76° 36.768'

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Baltimore Visitor Center and Gwynns Falls Trail

— Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network —

It's amazing how much has happened here since Captain John Smith traveled up the Patapsco while exploring the Chesapeake Bay in 1608. Since its founding in 1729, Baltimore has been the scene of some of American history's great moments, among them the creation of The Star-Spangled Banner during the War of 1812 and the first bloodshed of the Civil War.

Start your adventure at the Baltimore Visitor Center—-you gateway to all that Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay region have to offer. At the Visitor Center, you'll learn more about the major attractions around Baltimore's Inner Harbor and the shores of the Patapsco River, most of which can be reached easily and quickly by foot or a short water taxi ride. You'll also discover neighborhoods and trails that will lead you to Baltimore's gems beyond the water's edge. Whether you're interested in sailing ships, screwpile lighthouses, or a bike ride along the Gwynns Falls Trail, Baltimore's sure to be more than you imagine.

(Inscriptions under the photos in the center) Top: Along the Trail is this iron wheel used 150 years ago to pump water uphill to Thomas deKay Winans' Crimea estate, near Leaking Park.
Above: Trail bikers as well as hikers enjoy views of the Gwynns Falls stream valley as seen near bridge crossings.

Left: A bird's eye view of Baltimore City and the basin (today's Inner Harbor) by Alexander Hay Ritchie for Lloyd's Steamboat and Railroad Guide, 1859.

Baltimore's Greenway to the Chesapeake Bay
Hike, bike, run, walk, skate, fish, boat or picnic—-just explore the 15-mile Gwynns Falls Trail. See an old millrace pathway, a carriage driveway, Colonial and 19th century mansions and estates, ruins of old mills, a mock fort, a waterwheel, the oldest continuously used railroad bridge in the United States, and much more.

This unique greenway passes through more than 30 neighborhoods where you will experience one of the largest urban wilderness parks remaining on the East Coast—-Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park...with over 2000 acres of stream valley parkland.

Chesapeake Connection
As a major tributary to the Patapsco River and part of the larger watershed of the Chesapeake Bay, Gwynns Falls shares much of the region's history where water created economic opportunity. The rushing waters of Gwynns Falls powered grain mills that made Baltimore as early commercial success.

HM NumberHM1IJ1
Placed ByBaltimore City Heritage Area
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Date Added Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 360901 N 4349555
Decimal Degrees39.28420000, -76.61280000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.052', W 76° 36.768'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 3.12" N, 76° 36' 46.08" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1201 E Coast Greenway, Baltimore MD 21230, US
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