The Gwynns Falls Trail is a 15-mile continuous corridor connecting dozens of west and southwest Baltimore neighborhoods with parks, historical and cultural landmarks and the urban business district. The trail leads a circuitous route through its namesake park and southeast to downtown Baltimore.
The greenway provides a fantastic off-road way for cyclists and pedestrians to access the city and urban nature corridors, including more than 2,000 acres of publicly owned land within the Gwynns Falls stream valley. The Gwynns Falls Trail generally follows the creek to the Middle Branch the Patapsco River and also Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park itself has 10 miles of natural paths.
Parking and Trail Access
From I-695 (Baltimore Beltway), take Exit 16/Rt 70 East Park & Ride to merge right onto Security Boulevard. Turn right on Forest Park Avenue and right. Turn right on Franklintown Road; at the stop sign turn left to continue on Franklintown Road. After about 1.5 miles, you'll find the trailhead at Winans Meadow on the left.
From I-83 (Jones Falls Expressway), take the westbound North Avenue Exit. Continue past Hilton Parkway and turn left onto Morris Road. Turn left onto Franklintown Road. The trailhead at Leon Day Park is on the right.
From downtown Baltimore, take Franklin Street westbound (or I-70 in the city) to Edmondson Avenue. Take Hilton Parkway northbound and turn left onto North Avenue. Turn left onto Morris Road and left onto Franklintown Road. Look for the trailhead at Leon Day Park on the right.
For other access points, visit the Gynns Falls website (link to the right under "Related Links").
Nice Afternoon Ride
My wife (hybrid) and I (road) road from Winan's Meadows to Carroll Park yesterday and it was a great ride. The trail is a mix of mostly paved with some hard-packed, relatively smooth dirt/gravel. The little painted trail markers and accurate signage facilitated ...
Nice, but definitely urban
We got on this trail from the Carroll Park area. It is quite urban for the first couple of miles, and there are a few hills which will be challenging for beginners. But the later part is mostly flat or rolling. This trail has several road crossings, and ...
I loved it
My free membership bike club, the C3 Riders (www.orgsites.com/va/c3), (shameless plug) rode the GF trail for the first time Saturday (9/19). We used hybrids. Everyone had a great ride, and I personally was nearly delirious with how much I enjoyed the ...