Westside
southeast-baltimore

The westside of Baltimore outside the downtown area is largely residential but it encompasses a significant amount of green space, trails, and waterways.

Westside

Urban Hiking

Baltimore is unique in the amount of green space dotting and striping its hundres of row houses and 278 neighborhoods. Connecting 15 miles and more than 30 neighborhoods in west and southwest Baltimore is the Gwynns Falls Trail. Start at one of nine trailheads, or, as many locals do, take a quick detour from city blocks to catch some country charm, or spend even more time biking, hiking, roller blading, fishing, bird-watching or picnicking. The trail follows the Gwynns Falls stream southeast to the Middle Branch and the Inner Harbor. It travels through an urban greenway park in west and southwest Baltimore, connecting more than 2,000 acres of publicly owned parkland, including one of the largest woodland parks in the Eastern U.S.—Gwynns Falls Leakin Park, which is wonderful for hiking, and learning at the Carrie Murray Nature Center.

Woodland Education

Within the Gwynns Falls Leakin Park is the recently refurbished Carrie Murray Nature Center, where visitors can do more than just commune with nature, they can learn about it, too. The wheelchair-accessible facility features the Insect Zoo with hundreds of indigenous and exotic species, a rehabilitation center for permanently injured birds of prey, a large classroom area, and a live display of reptiles and amphibians. Visitors can also explore animal habitats in the park, including hawk, owl, deer, red fox, raccoon, beaver, possum, turtle, and numerous bird genres.

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