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Gwynns Falls Trail

Gwynns Falls Park at I-70/Franklintown

 
 
Gwynns Falls Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 21, 2017
1. Gwynns Falls Trail Marker
Inscription. Here at Interstate 70, this hiking and biking trail runs 15 miles through nearby Franklintown and the Gwynns Falls valley to the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore and the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The trail takes you on historic Franklin Turnpike for a few blocks near Dead Run and into Franklintown Historic District. Parking is available at the Park & Ride facility. Picnic areas and restrooms are available at Winans Meadow (Trailhead 2) located 1.6 miles east in Leakin Park.

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After Franklintown, you will pass through a mature Piedmont hardwood forest. As you cross over Dead Run and enter Winans Meadow, you will pass by a mid-1800ís iron waterwheel, which pumped water from Dead Run to Thomas de Kay Winanís former Crimea estate on top of the ridge.

(Inscription above the image on the bottom left)
John H. Piel ran a grocery and livestock feed store in Franklintown, one of Baltimoreís first planned communities.

(Inscription in the image at the top)
Bicyclists cross over Dead Run which flows into the Gwynns Falls and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.

(Inscription beside the image on the right)
This 1969 drawing shows how I-70 was envisioned to go through Gwynns Falls and Leakin Parks, tunneling under the historic Crimea estate, as well as

Gwynns Falls Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 21, 2017
2. Gwynns Falls Trail Marker
developing active recreation facilities to compensate for the highway. Community residents fought to retain the natural character of the two parks, so I-70 stops here at the park boundary.

(Inscription over the image in the bottom right)

Children pose on Franklintown Road in 1901.
 
Erected by Gwynns Falls Trail Council/A project of the Parks and People Foundation.
 
Location. 39° 18.121′ N, 76° 42.501′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on I-70 Park and Ride off Security Blvd.. Touch for map. The marker is at the end of I-70 Park and Ride. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21229, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Gwynns Falls Trail (here, next to this marker); Franklintown's Historic Roots (approx. ľ mile away); Caretaker House (approx. half a mile away); Crimea (approx. 0.6 miles away); Chapel (approx. 0.6 miles away); Crimea Mansion (approx. 0.6 miles away); Norman Van Allan Reeves (approx. 0.6 miles away); Leakin Park at the Crimea Estate (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
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Gwynns Falls Park in the background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 21, 2017
3. Gwynns Falls Park in the background
Gwynns Falls Trail-Begin and End marks on the road image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 21, 2017
4. Gwynns Falls Trail-Begin and End marks on the road
Gwynns Falls Trailhead sign image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 21, 2017
5. Gwynns Falls Trailhead sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 27, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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