Jones Falls Trail

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When complete, the Jones Falls Trail will extend 10 miles between Baltimore's Inner Harbor and the Mount Washington Light Rail Station.

Currently, a paved, off-road section runs from Cylburn Arboretum south to Penn Station. A highlight of the journey is passage through Druid Hill Park, which offers a natural escape from city life. The park houses the Baltimore Zoo, the Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, and many other historical structures.

After exiting the southeastern side of the park, the character of the trail's surroundings becomes more urban. Along the way, the Baltimore Street Car Museum is a worthwhile stop.

The on-road portion of the trail begins past Penn Station and whisks you south to the Inner Harbor, a major tourist destination with restaurants, shops, museums and other attractions. Navigating this section of the trail can be somewhat tricky; look for painted green trail markings along the ground to help guide you. Hop on the Gwynns Falls Trail at the Inner Harbor to extend your trek through southwest Baltimore.

Just before the Inner Harbor, you'll pass the Phoenix Shot Tower, a red brick pillar built in 1828 that stands more than 200 feet above downtown. Molten lead was once dropped from its top into a vat of cold water at the bottom to produce shot for pistols, rifles and other weapons. It's one of only a handful of similar buildings around the country.

Construction of the trail's northern segment, from Cylburn Arboretum to Mount Washington, is set to begin in 2014. The route will include new bridges over Northern Parkway, wetlands and streams.

Parking and Trail Access

Street parking is available in Druid Hill Park, across from Rawlings Conservatory (3100 Swann Drive). The trail is also accessible from the city's subway system; several stations are either adjacent to the trail or just a few blocks away.

Reviews

Not Cycle Friendly

   April, 2014 by carolyng

Of all the trails I've been on, this is by far, the least cycle friendly one to date. The trail is broken up with little to no signage to direct first timers. There were a two occasions I was only able to find my way back onto the trail by following other ...read more

Jones Falls Trail developing into a great trail

   July, 2013 by baltotrail

The Jones Falls Trail (JFT)gets off to a little bit of a iffy start if you start in Baltimore's Inner harbor, but hang with it, it gets better and better as you bike up the valley on the trail. The trail loops around the 750 acre Druid Hill Park and the ...read more

Jones Falls Trail

   September, 2008 by Robshack

See my earlier article. The northern section of this trail is still under construction. By that, I mean, not even started yet! DO NOT waste 40 mins cycling around looking for it like I did. read more