Jones Falls Trail
(A member of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network)
Historic Druid Hill Park
The Jones Falls trail is a 10 mile hiking and bicycling trail that runs mostly along the length of its namesake The Jones Falls, a major north-south stream in and north of the city that has long acted as a major transportation corridor for the city. It also incorporates the bike path encircling Druid Hill Reservoir and its namesake park. The Jones Falls Trail was conceived in the late 1990s. The Trail is still under construction, with its schedule broken into five phases. Currently it is in Phase V of construction.
Starting at Light and Lee streets, where it meets the Gwynns Falls Trail, the bike path winds through downtown’s east side to reach the Fallsway, then proceeds up Guilford and Mt. Royal Avenue to St. Paul Street. Using a dedicated lane on St. Paul and Lanvale Street, the trail swings into the Jones Falls Valley and follows Falls Road to the Wyman Park Drive Bridge crossing the JFX. For the next three miles the trail circles around Druid Hill Park, descends into Woodberry and proceeds to Cylburn via Coldspring New Town.
With the newest extension complete, the Jones Falls Trail now runs from Cylburn off Northern Parkway south to the Inner Harbor. Much of the trail consists of dedicated paths away from roadways, though some southern portions are along roads. The newer portion of the trail has unique assets, including views of the Jones Falls and Historic Mill Valley buildings, as well as access to Druid Hill Park and its often-overlooked Grove of Remembrance honoring World War I Veterans. The next extension of the trail is between the Inner Harbor and the Mount Washington Light Rail Station.
The Jones Falls Trail forms a segment of the East Coast Greenway, a growing network of multi-use trails across 15 states and the District of Columbia. The trail is just a sliver of the East Coast Greenway projected to connect Calais, Maine, with Key West, Fla., with 3,000 miles of scenic paths and shared-use roads. Eventually, if funding permits, the Jones Falls Trail will extend from Mount Washington to Robert E. Lee Park in Baltimore County.