Gwynns Falls Trail - Trail, Baltimore, Maryland

Gwynns Falls Trail - Trail, Baltimore, Maryland

DESCRIPTION

The trial is part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network. This is primarily a beginner trail with no drops. Some singletrack and fire roads. Very safe, clean, and moderately used since it's only 3yrs old. A few sections allow for fast downhill runs and good climbs depending on which direction you ride. A great training ground for beginners and family rides.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 14, 2014]
BmoreBlair
Weekend Warrior

If you love history this trail has trail head markers to educate you along the way. The trail is built on old Mill Races. The Gwynn's Falls was an important Industrial area in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is not a trail for bike racers, it is a trail for people to go at a steady pace enjoy the wildlife, forest, and a talk as you ride. You want to have a mountain bike or a hybrid/crossover bike. You should also carry a tire repair kit as this is an urban trail and you will encounter some glass, I bought better tires after getting 2 flats with the tires that came with my Specialized Hybrid. Trail can be a little bumpy and there are trees that come down on occasion. You need to call in the down trees to 311, the 311 iphone app is great you can add pictures. It will take a few days but the city will clean it up - I saw them this morning on Wetheredsville Rd's section.

Customer Service

I have been riding the trail for 14 years and 4 years on a more regular schedule. Daily ride is from Dickeyville to Franklintown in the morning. I have also completed the trail all the way to Harbor Hospital and back. The trip back to Winan's Meadow is uphill so save some energy on the ride down . My favorite longer ride is from Dickeyville to Carroll Park. You can stop and have lunch or breakfast at the Carroll Park Golf Course.

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NCR Trail in Baltimore County

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3
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3
[Sep 19, 2012]
Merv
Weekend Warrior

I have really mixed feelings about this trail and am sorry to say that it has been allowed to deteriorate over the past few years. I've ridden the entire length twice recently, including the Middle Branch section. My overall impression is that I would not try this on a road bike, though it is certainly quite passable on a hybrid if you are careful. There is a good amount of debris over many sections, and there is about a one mile dirt section that is not at all suitable for a road bike. The one time I took my road bike on the Middle Branch (completely paved) portion, I nearly flew off the bike when I unexpectedly came upon badly buckled asphalt at about 15 miles per hour. I was surprised that my wheel and tire were undamaged. Much of the Middle Branch section passes through industrial areas that are not at all scenic and the roads are in pretty bad shape. The sections are well marked though and there is not too much traffic. If you want to wander off onto some of the neighborhood roads to extend your distance, you may want to reconsider. The park area itself is littered, although there are not a lot of people around and it appears relatively safe.

The main Gwynns Falls section is quite scenic in many places, but again it is not very well maintained and the asphalt is broken up a fair amount. There are some challenging hills and sharp switchbacks, but moderately strong riders should be fine. Keep in mind that this is a very urban area, and some of the neighborhoods are not great. Safety may be a concern for some people, and though I am generally confident when riding in a variety of situations, you may want to keep this in mind when doing the trail. On the positive side, the trail markings have been improved considerably and it's hard to get lost now..

I really wish more was being done to maintain the trail, as the concept of an urban trail that meanders through very scenic and historic areas is very compelling. Try this trail, but be careful. Take a mountain or hybrid bike with some treads on them. Above all, hope that someone is thinking about this potentially excellent trail with an understanding of what a bicyclist is really about.

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2
VALUE
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3
[Sep 25, 2010]
Vanessa
Weekend Warrior

This trail is horrible. We first tried the trail near Leakin Park. It is a beautiful area and starts off okay, but eventually the trail ends up rocky, bumpy and hard to maneuver so we didn't get very far on our road bikes. We next tried the other end which starts out near Harbor Hospital and Middle Branch Park. Starts off okay, then ends at a road with no sign directing us where to go. Once we figured out where to go from a random stranger, then we rode through a sketchy area and then near a homeless tent area. Then we ran through a HUGE amount of glass and ended up with a flat and could not go on. And we were wondering why we never saw any other bikers! Thanks Baltimore!

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BWI bike trail, the Baltimore and Annapolis trail, and the Northern Central Railroad trail are great trails!

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1
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3
[Jun 18, 2010]
Eric
Weekend Warrior

Very disappointing and lacking in safety. Plan ahead. The trail map on the tail's website identifies parking areas which feature signs saying that tsay he parking is private and unauthorized vehicles will be towed.

Much of the trail between points 9 and 6 is very urban featuring neighbohoods and areas into which you would not want to take your children. The scenery included young dudes drinking in an isolated area under a train trestle. At one point the graffitti on what appears to be an abandoned factory lets you know that, yes, you are still on the trail. There is more but you get the idea.

Near the golf course (between the tunnel and the bridge crossing over the tracks) between points 5 and 6, we were pelted with rocks. At this point we felt it prudent to end our ride based on safety concerns.

Customer Service

Not recommended.

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1
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1
[Sep 11, 2008]
Tigerwoody76
Cross Country Rider

Most of the rideable track portion is ocncrete....great for families or with your woman. the dirt singletracks are short and there are a lot of down trees that you have to walk around. The Leakin Park entrance is very clean and well maintain....great area to walk the dog and have a picnic. it is police patrolled too. i cant believe this is part of the city!

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3
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1
[Mar 30, 2004]
AlaskanMTBiker
Weekend Warrior

Quiet. Very. The way from 695 is closed, so try the alt route on 83. If you do go 695 head uphill by the Detour sign.. then turn left into the dead end and park there like we did. 2nd trail we visited here in the Baltimore area, its quiet. We stuck mostly to the fireroads b/c my girlfriend doesnt have her new bike yet (using a friends bike). But it was not technical what-so-ever. and pretty nice ride overall, looking forward to exploring the single track.

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4
VALUE
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2
[Jun 04, 2002]
Alex Jefferson

The trail is a beginner course but can be used as a XC training ground as it's not large but can be ridden for endurance. The trail is very safe and clean. Reasonably maintained, the trail affords families a great bike outing. The are 4-5 trails off of the main trail path that offer a challenge to the beginner rider as they have some fast singletracks and some tough climbs that are technical in some sections. The trail is overall a good trail for riders of beginner to intermediate skill. This is a great family trail also.

Customer Service

Begin at Winans Meadow Trailhead. Climb the grass hill behind the pavillion and bear right to continue up to the Outward Bound buildings. Turn right and ride the road about 200yards to the trail on the right where to wood begin. This trail is a good fast section which ends at a huge fallen oak tree that you have to dismount to crawl under. Then continue down an fast singletrack until you get to the stream and turn left and follow the rest of the trail from there up to tough steep climb and then and nice fast wide downhill that exits at a fireroad. From here you may either go upthe steep fireroad or to gradual fireroad. The steep fireraod will lead to a section of the park called named Carrie Murray. Once there you can bear right to ride up to Windsor Mill Rd and turn left for a short ride back to the Outward Bound buildings. From there simply follow your path in the tough hill you came up at the beginning for a fun, fast downhill ride back to the Winans Meadow Trailhead. This route starts with a tough climb but ends with a fun downhill.

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Patapsco/Avalon, Loch Raven, Robert E Lee, Susquehanna St Park

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4
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