The Gwynns Falls Trail is a 15-mile linear greenway trail connecting over 30 unique neighborhoods and nearly 2000 scenic acres of parkland located in west and southwest Baltimore City to the Inner Harbor and Middle Branch Park. The Trail goes from the eastern terminus of Interstate 70 on the western edge of Baltimore City . The Trail is a great destination providing public access to many recreational, educational, and cultural resources and historic sites. The Trail is available for hiking, biking, running, walking, and skating as well as for fishing, boating, picnicking, enjoying nature and learning about the history of the stream valley greenway. The Trail is Baltimore 's Gateway to the Chesapeake Bay that joins one of the largest urban wilderness parks remaining on the East Coast - Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park - with the Inner Harbor and the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River , a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay . The Trail is also designated as part of the East Coast Greenway. The Trail has nine Trailheads with available parking that provide access points from major roadways.
The Gateway is supported by a public/private partnership of public agencies, non-profit organizations, and community representatives operating as the Gwynns Falls Trail Council, a membership organization. The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks is responsible for the maintenance of the Trail. A special unit of the Baltimore City Police Department patrols the Trail. No motorized vehicles are permitted on the Trail, although dogs on leashes are permitted.
Visit the Gwynns Falls Trail and see the 35 new interpretative wayside panels funded in part by the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. The panels highlight the stream valley greenway's cultural history, which includes an old mill race pathway, carriage driveway, Colonial and nineteenth century mansions and estates, ruins of old mills, a mock fort, a waterwheel, a restored pedestrian arch under the oldest continuously used railroad bridge in the United States, and much more. Read more details in a new book titled "The Gwynns Falls - Baltimore Greenway to the Chesapeake Bay".