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Baltimore Trails

, 288 pages

92 line drawings

September 2008



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Baltimore Trails

A Guide for Hikers and Mountain Bikers

second edition

Baltimore Trails is a comprehensive and detailed guide to trails on public lands in and around Baltimore. Discover Hemlock Gorge, a small slice of Appalachia transported into northern Baltimore County, with its timeless peace and ancient gnarled hemlocks; or Black Marsh, where birds skulk among the vegetation of pristine freshwater wetlands; or the unique landscape of Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, which shelters more than 38 rare plant species. Baltimore Trails answers the needs of hikers and mountain bikers, offering accurate maps, up-to-date access information, and reliable trail descriptions.

Bryan MacKay, a lifelong Baltimore resident and avid naturalist, walked, cycled, and explored nearly 80 trails in local state, county, and city parks, as well as area watersheds. He provides a detailed description, topographic map, and the length, location, and degree of difficulty for each trail. Some trails offer an easy afternoon stroll, while others provide a day of rugged hiking or biking. Thumbnail essays offer scenic highlights and discuss typical plants, animals, and local ecology.

Every trail was field-checked in 2007 for the second edition. Miles of new trails are included, as is updated information on recent trail reroutes.

Bryan MacKay is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the author of Hiking, Cycling, and Canoeing in Maryland: A Family Guide, also published by Johns Hopkins.

"[MacKay's] strong ecological background and compelling style open a window onto the changes and evolutions in our metropolitan wildlands."

"Baltimore Trails replaces the venerable Baltimore Trail Book. MacKay's book is a total rewrite that incorporates his expertise in nature and ecology."

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