“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Adventure Begins at the Bay's Front Door

Baltimore Visitor Center and Gwynns Falls Trail


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Adventure Begins at the Bay's Front Door Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 20, 2014
1. Adventure Begins at the Bay's Front Door Marker
Inscription. Itís 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 historyís 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, youíll learn more about the major attractions around Baltimoreís 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. Youíll also discover neighborhoods and trails that will lead you to Baltimoreís gems beyond the waterís edge. Whether youíre interested in sailing ships, screwpile lighthouses, or a bike ride along the Gwynns Falls Trail, Baltimoreís 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 Winansí 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 birdís eye view of Baltimore City and the basin (todayís

Adventure Begins at the Bay's Front Door Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 20, 2014
2. Adventure Begins at the Bay's Front Door Marker
The Baltimore Visitor Center is in the background.
Inner Harbor) by Alexander Hay Ritchie for Lloydís Steamboat and Railroad Guide, 1859.

Baltimoreís 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 ParkÖwith 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 regionís history where water created economic opportunity. The rushing waters of Gwynns Falls powered grain mills that made Baltimore as early commercial success.
Erected by Baltimore City Heritage Area.
Location. 39° 17.052′ N, 76° 36.768′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of Light Street and Conway Street on Light Street. Click for map. The marker is near the entrance to the Baltimore Visitor Center in the Inner Harbor. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baltimore Turns the Tide (within shouting distance of this marker); Admiral Guillermo Brown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Baltimore Fire (about 400 feet away); The Port of Baltimore (about 700 feet away); USS Constellation (about 700 feet away); Baltimore Riot Trail (about 800 feet away); An Active Port for 300 Years (approx. 0.2 miles away); Top of the World Observation Level World Trade Center (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
Categories. Waterways & Vessels

Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 563 times since then and 151 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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