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Baltimore Trails

A Guide for Hikers and Mountain Bikers

Bryan MacKay

second edition
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Baltimore Trails is a comprehensive and detailed guide to trails on public lands in and around Baltimore. Discover Hemlock Gorge, a small slice of Appalachia transported into northern Baltimore County, with its timeless peace and ancient gnarled hemlocks; or Black Marsh, where birds skulk among the vegetation of pristine freshwater wetlands; or the unique landscape of Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, which shelters more than 38 rare plant species. Baltimore Trails answers the needs of hikers and mountain bikers, offering accurate maps, up-to-date access information, and reliable...

Baltimore Trails is a comprehensive and detailed guide to trails on public lands in and around Baltimore. Discover Hemlock Gorge, a small slice of Appalachia transported into northern Baltimore County, with its timeless peace and ancient gnarled hemlocks; or Black Marsh, where birds skulk among the vegetation of pristine freshwater wetlands; or the unique landscape of Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, which shelters more than 38 rare plant species. Baltimore Trails answers the needs of hikers and mountain bikers, offering accurate maps, up-to-date access information, and reliable trail descriptions.

Bryan MacKay, a lifelong Baltimore resident and avid naturalist, walked, cycled, and explored nearly 80 trails in local state, county, and city parks, as well as area watersheds. He provides a detailed description, topographic map, and the length, location, and degree of difficulty for each trail. Some trails offer an easy afternoon stroll, while others provide a day of rugged hiking or biking. Thumbnail essays offer scenic highlights and discuss typical plants, animals, and local ecology.

Every trail was field-checked in 2007 for the second edition. Miles of new trails are included, as is updated information on recent trail reroutes.

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Reviews

[MacKay's] strong ecological background and compelling style open a window onto the changes and evolutions in our metropolitan wildlands.

Baltimore Trails replaces the venerable Baltimore Trail Book. MacKay's book is a total rewrite that incorporates his expertise in nature and ecology.

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Available
Trim Size
5
x
8
Pages
288
ISBN
9780801890703
Illustration Description
92 line drawings
Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Mountain Bike Trails
List of Trail Notes
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Before Heading Out
Preparations for Hiking Trips
Ethical Behavior on the Trail
MARYLAND

List of Maps
List of Mountain Bike Trails
List of Trail Notes
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Before Heading Out
Preparations for Hiking Trips
Ethical Behavior on the Trail
MARYLAND STATE PARKS
Patapsco Valley State Park
Grist Mill Trail / River Road Circuit
Glen Artney Area
Hilton Area
Avalon Area
Orange Grove Area
Woodstoack Seminary Trails
Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area
East Side Trails, Serpentine Trail
Gunpowder Falls State Park
Big Gunpowder Trail
Lost Pond Trail
Big Gunpowder Wildlands / Sweathouse Branch Trail
Northern Central Railroad Trail
Gunpowder North / Gunpowder South Circuit
Panther Branch Trail
Mingo Forks / Bunker Hill Circuit
Little Gunpowder Trail
Sweet Air Area
North Point State Park
North Point State Park Trails
BALTIMORE COUNTY PARKS
Trolley Trail / Benjamin Banneker Trail
Oregon Ridge Park
Cromwell Valley Park
BALTIMORE CITY PARKS
Leakin Park
Gwynns Falls Trail
Leakin Park Circuit
Jones Falls Trail
Cylburn Arboretum
Lake Roland and Robert E. Lee Memorial Park
Herring Run Park
BALTIMORE CITY WATERSHED LANDS
Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy
Liberty Watershed
Loch Raven Watershed
Prettyboy Watershed
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Author Bio
Bryan MacKay
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Bryan MacKay

Bryan MacKay is a senior lecturer emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of Hiking, Cycling, and Canoeing in Maryland: A Family Guide and Baltimore Trails: A Guide for Hikers and Mountain Bikers, both published by Johns Hopkins.
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