|HIKES AND NATURAL PLACES IN THE METRO AREA
Cylburn Park has a Natural History Museum in the mansion, gardens with
herbs and ornamental plants, picnic areas and some walking trails. Many
of the native and ornamental plants are labeled on the trails and in the
park. When I was in my early teens, my friend and I made the museum's
insect display (our display had been replaced before my last visit) and
helped prepare and maintain the exhibits. We often went to Cylburn
before dawn to see the fox, screech owls, and raccoons before they went
into hiding for the day. See the Cylburn Arboretum Association website
for more info on the park.
Many interesting areas have been preserved in the city of Baltimore
where even some of the larger wild animals, such as deer, raccoon,
opossum, red fox, and barred owls live. Unfortunately, safety can be a
problem in some parks, so traveling alone in secluded areas is not
Of course, for those of us who have the natural history bug, every
backyard, weed patch, garden, even the trees lining city streets are a
wilderness. Plants, insects, and spiders are plentiful almost everywhere.
Although a walk in a city park does not substitute for the wilderness
experience, it is fascinating to see how life continues to adapt as man
alters the landscape in and around the city.
As far as I know there are no hiking areas in this park. However, there
is no shortage of interesting wildlife and plant life here. You might want
to check out the Friends of Patterson Park website for more