HIKES AND NATURAL PLACES IN THE METRO AREA
METROPOLITAN NATURALIST
BALTIMORE CITY
Cylburn Park

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.

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Leakin Park

Leakin Park is home to the Carrie Murray Outdoor Education Center
and the Baltimore Herb Festival. Over 1000 acres of parkland provides
a haven for wildlife in the city, including fox, deer, hawks, and owls.  The
Gwynns Falls passes through the park, as does the Gwynns Falls Trail
mentioned above. For more information see the
Friends of Leakin Park
website, Baltimore City Department of Parks and Recreation, and the
Baltimore Herb Festival website.

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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
encouraged.

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.

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Druid Hill Park

Druid Hill Park is home to the Maryland Zoo, the Conservatory, and
unfortunately, a Golf Course. Outside the zoo is a park with wooded
areas and picnic grounds. The park is over 700 acres.
For more information see the
Friends of Druid Hill Park website, and
the
Balto. City Dept. of Parks and Recreation.

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Patterson Park

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
information.

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Gwynns Falls Trail

http://gwynnsfallstrail.org/