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Gwynns Falls Trail

Average Rating:    (2.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

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.
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Latitude
39.27093585292605
Longitude
-76.59976959228515
Trail Directions
From I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) - Take exit # 16 (Route 70 East, Park & Ride). Merge right and take Security Blvd to Forest Park Ave and make a right. Turn right onto Franklintown Rd making a left at the stop sign to continue on Franklintown Rd for approximately 1.5 miles to the Trailhead at Winans Meadow on the left. From I-83 (Jones Falls Expressway) - Take westbound North Ave exit. Continue past Hilton Parkway and make a left turn onto Morris Rd. Turn left onto Franklintown Rd. The Trailhead at Leon Day Park is on the right. From Downtown Baltimore - Take Franklin St westbound (or I-70 in the city) to Edmondson Ave. Take Hilton {Parkway northbound and make a left onto North Ave. Turn left onto Morris Rd and left onto Franklintown Rd. Look for the Trailhead at Leon Day Park on the right.
Trail Length
4 miles 10 additional miles under construction
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Baltimore
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Review Date
July 14, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: BmoreBlair ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
NCR Trail in Baltimore County



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Review Date
September 19, 2012

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Merv ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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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Review Date
September 25, 2010

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Vanessa ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
BWI bike trail, the Baltimore and Annapolis trail, and the Northern Central Railroad trail are great trails!



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Review Date
September 11, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Tigerwoody76 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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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Review Date
March 30, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: AlaskanMTBiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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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