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

Urban, For Sure

   June, 2014 by mervmd

If you are planning to ride this trail (which I recommend generally) keep in mind that this is an urban trail, with its share of urban issues. Starting from the inner harbor, the trail follows mostly sidewalks when getting through downtown. There are ...read more

A nice escape from the city!

   June, 2014 by benjharris1

We started the JF Trail from downtown, where it is a well marked bike lane near the inner harbor. We rode the trail up to the Baltimore Farmer's market where we stopped for breakfast (Every Sunday AM from April to November). We then rode along the trail ...read more

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