THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WALKS TO TAKE IN BALTIMORE

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CAROLINE CASSARD

OCT 15, 2019

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Baltimore’s fitness scene is notoriously affordable. But for all that cash-saving time in between boutique studio classes and community yoga, let’s max out on the cheapest activity of all: a solid walk.

From scenic city streets to urban oases, we’ve got the places to see, right here—all within walking distance.

If you find yourself north of the city, Loch Raven Reservoir is worth a visit. It’s just north of Towson and a peaceful place for a long walk. The paths are clearly marked, so it’s easy to plan a route of any length. Fitt tip: If you want to avoid crowds and have the trails all to yourself, plan to visit on a weekday.

If you’re short on time and just want to fit in a quick trip, then Druid Hill Park is your destination. It offers easy routes, like the loop around the lake, that are ideal for a brief dog walks. If you’ve got more time to spare, take a detour by visiting the zoo (also within the park’s 750 acres). In the summer, cool off after an afternoon stroll at Druid Hill Park pool.

With six miles of marked paths, Oregon Ridge Park is the ideal site for an active weekend walk in Baltimore County. Consider this your escape from the city, as the parkland is tucked away in Hunt Valley. If you’re looking for a longer walk, then connect the Campbell and Ivy Hill trails to leg out a whole loop.

Sandwiched between Druid Hill Park and Stony Run, Hampden is the constantly evolving neighborhood that’s totally walkable. To round out the walk, wrap around to 36th Street for some seriously good grub. With speakeasy-style Bluebird Cocktail Room and vegan-friendly Paulie Gee’s alongside the classic Café Hon, Hampden’s restaurant scene just keeps getting better. Fitt tip: Residents of West 34th Street have been decking out their homes in over-the-top holiday fashion for decades. Get in on the (somewhat tacky) holiday spirit with a crowd from late November to January.

This northwest Baltimore park is a much-needed nature source for downtown dwellers. A stream runs southeast of Montebello Lake for just over two miles, and the walking paths follow it. This is a go-to park for walks with friends year-round, but it's also a great picnic spot in the summer.

This pedestrian-only brick walkway totals nearly seven miles in downtown Baltimore. It stretches from Fort McHenry, past the Visionary Arts Museum’s sculpture garden, and all the way around the Inner Harbor, toward Canton. The entire route follows the water, so you can tune out the city traffic along the way. As you make your way around, take a break at Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park—there’s almost always a ship at the pier. And if you need a quick lift back to where you started, just catch a ride on the water taxi!

Gwynns Falls Trail is not only a safe bike route, but it's also the perfect path for a long city walk. The whole trail measures 15 miles, and it’s basically a self-guided tour through southwest Baltimore. The series of biking and walking paths crosses through Gwynns Falls Leakin Park, a public green space with more than 1,000 acres. So hit up this trail the next time you want a scenic outing!

One of the largest green spaces in southwest Baltimore, Carroll Park is complete with basketball courts, a skate park, and a golf course. Plus, it has Mount Clare, the 18th century museum house that sits at its center. You can tour the historic home on weekends, but it's still worth the climb on weekdays to see the old architecture (not to mention you'll also get in a solid leg workout).

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