Baltimore Trails: A Guide for Hikers and Mountain Bikers - by Bryan MacKay

By Bryan MacKay

Baltimore Trails is a finished and distinct advisor to trails on public lands in and round Baltimore. observe Hemlock Gorge, a small slice of Appalachia transported into northern Baltimore County, with its undying peace and old gnarled hemlocks; or Black Marsh, the place birds skulk one of the plants of pristine freshwater wetlands; or the original panorama of infantrymen pride ordinary surroundings zone, which shelters greater than 38 infrequent plant species. Baltimore Trails solutions the desires of hikers and mountain bikers, supplying actual maps, updated entry details, and trustworthy path descriptions.Bryan MacKay, a lifelong Baltimore resident and avid naturalist, walked, cycled, and explored approximately eighty trails in neighborhood nation, county, and town parks, in addition to region watersheds. He presents an in depth description, topographic map, and the size, situation, and measure of hassle for every path. a few trails supply a simple afternoon walk, whereas others offer an afternoon of rugged climbing or cycling. Thumbnail essays provide scenic highlights and talk about standard vegetation, animals, and native ecology.Every path was once field-checked in 2007 for the second one variation. Miles of recent trails are integrated, as is up to date details on fresh path reroutes.

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Since a paved park road runs parallel to the Santee Branch Trail for more than half of its distance, many hikers just use the road. The Santee Branch Trail originates at the parking lot under 15 16 PATAPSCO VALLEY STATE PARK the power lines just off the Hilton loop road. From this lot, walk past the gate that closes access to a paved road. Within 100 feet, turn left onto a wide trail that drops gently downhill. At the bottom, cross Pig Run, a tiny stream in a wetland filled with skunk cabbage. The trail then rises, crosses the park road, and continues through an oak and tulip poplar forest.

Whitetail deer are beautiful large mammals with appealing big eyes, but they have become the ecological equivalent of a plague of locusts in suburban forests. (See “The Problem of Whitetail Deer,” p. 2, bear right. 25 miles Park Headquarters Peaceful Pond Route 40 P Hollofield Area, Patapsco Valley State Park 6. OLE RANGER TRAIL, HOLLOFIELD AREA Union Dam 34 PATAPSCO VALLEY STATE PARK point from the other direction. The trail passes underneath two sets of high-tension lines; wildflowers dot these sunny grasslands.

After about a quarter-mile, look for an obvious side trail bearing left. If you reach houses on the old road, you’ve gone too far. This trail passes the remains of a rusted old jalopy, becomes increasingly narrow, and soon begins to lose elevation. Finally, the trail leads directly downhill in a very steep, erosion-prone gully; expect to use your hands to get down. At the bottom of the hill is the Patapsco River, backed up by Union Dam. The dam was breached in 1972, and the river flows around the far side of the dam.

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