Adventure Begins at the Bay's Front Door
Baltimore Visitor Center and Gwynns Falls Trail
— Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network —
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
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.
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.
Erected by Baltimore City Heritage Area.
Location. 39° 17.052′
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); Baltimore’s Maritime Heritage (about 400 feet away); The Great Baltimore Fire (about 400 feet away); Pride of Baltimore (about 500 feet away); The Port of Baltimore (about 700 feet away); USS Constellation (about 700 feet away); Baltimore Riot Trail (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 739 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 23, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.