Leakin Park at Winans Meadow
Gwynns Falls Trail
Here in Leakin Park wander around Winans Meadow, enjoy a picnic, and walk in a Piedmont forest and bike along the Dead Run as it flows to the Gwynns Falls and eventually the Chesapeake Bay. View ruins of old farm buildings, a mock fort, and an iron waterwheel—all part of Thomas de Kay Winan’s Crimea estate. Walk to the top of the ridge to see Winans’ house, Orianda, and other historic buildings. The open meadows, a small emergent wetland, and the hardwood forest provide diverse habitats for many bird species ranging from hummingbirds to hawks.
Study the Maps
Before you start or resume your journey, study the kiosk maps and determine your destination along the 15-mile Gwynns Falls Trail. There are many side trails through the ridge woodlands including one that will take you to the Carrie Murray Nature Center. From Winans Meadow the Gwynn Falls Trail heads west 1.6 miles through historic Franklinstown to the I-70 Park and Ride (Trailhead 1) or east and north 1.1 miles to Windsor Mill Road (Trailhead 3). Note the many sidetrails indicated in green on the map.
(Inscription under the image in the lower left)
(Inscription above the image in the lower left)
The Hoddinott family wedding party and their dog at the waterwheel in 1915.
(Inscription beside the image in the center right)
Two hikers cross over Dead Run, which flows into the Gwynns Falls, a tributary of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1915.
Location. 39° 18.265′ N, 76° 41.639′ W. Marker is in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on North Franklintown Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4500 N Franklintown Rd, Baltimore MD 21229, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Name Before a Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Crimea Estate (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Orianda House (about 500 feet away); Crimea Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); Crimea (approx. ¼ mile away); Norman Van Allan Reeves (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chapel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Caretaker House (approx. 0.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 139 times this year. Last updated on March 21, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 11, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.