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A portion of Baltimore was designated as a National Heritage Area (NHA) by Congress and the geographical boundaries include the Gwynns Falls Trail. A NHA designation is intended to encourage historic preservation and an appreciation of the history and cultural heritage of the site. The National Park Service (NPS) provides support and resources to NHA's, but is not owned or managed by NPS.

Why is the Gwynns Falls Trail a part of the Baltimore National Heritage Area? ( Source )

The Gwynns Falls Trail is a unique facility which combines urban and green space together in order to create a special trail experience. The trail brings users a variety of landscapes which include: pristine parks, vibrant neighborhoods, and historic Baltimorean sites. Each of these places tells a rare tale about their inception, and present how changes took place throughout the times. The Gwynns Falls Trail truly exhibits what it means to be a National Heritage Area. All of the Gwynns Falls Trail is included in the Baltimore National Heritage Area links to several Downtown historic walking tours which include:

  • The Heritage Walk -- An urban walking path which goes through three distinct sections of Baltimore: the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, and historic Jonestown. Other interesting areas included in this tour are: USS Constellation, Star-Spangled Banner Flag House/ Museum, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, the Carroll Mansion, and the Jewish Museum of Maryland
  • Historic Fell's Point Trail -- This trail focuses on the cobblestone streets of the historic streets of the Fell's Point neighborhood.
  • Mount Vernon Cultural Walk -- This path delves into the building architecture and the famous institutions along the Charles Street National Scenic Byway. The trail covers these sites: Benjamin Latrobe's Basilica, Mies van der Rohe's One Charles Center, Walter Art Museum, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Peabody Institute.
  • Pennsylvania Avenue Heritage Trail -- A new urban heritage path that focuses on this historic African American neighborhood.

For more information on the Guided Walking Tours, visit:

For more information about the Baltimore National Heritage Area, visit:

Map of the Baltimore National Heritage Area.

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