BALTIMORE NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
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? (
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.