Jones Falls Trail (JFT) from north to south
Note 1: This directions are a supplement to the signs and blazes marking the JFT.
Note 2: There is free parking available at Cylburn Arboretum. Make sure you pay attention to the hours of operation if you park inside the gates.
Part 3 (from north to south)
- Start at Cylburn Mansion/Arboretum
- Follow JFT from mansion out of the arboretum gates to Greenspring Avenue where the trail goes left
- The JFT makes another left adjacent to Springarden Drive into and through the Coldspring neighborhood
- Follow the JFT as it splits into the woods descending into the valley. After about a half mile, the JFT crosses Cold Spring Ln.
- Follow the JFT back into the woods and in about a quarter mile you will see the stream.
- Follow the JFT into the Woodberry neighborhood, where you will see old stone houses. The trail shares the low traffic Clipper Road here.
- Follow Clipper Rd and make a right onto Clipper Park Rd, which is also the entrance to Clipper Mill (The Woodberry light rail stop is 50 feet to the south, a short detour off the JFT)
Part 2 (from north to south)
Note: There is on street parking or you can take the the light rail to the Woodberry stop
- Follow Clipper Park Rd (on the road or sidewalk) through Clipper Mill (This is 50 feet north of the Woodberry light rail stop)
- Make a left on Parkdale Avenue which goes into the woods of Druid Hill Park
- The JFT bears right and heads up a switchback in a dense forest.
- The JFT pops out of the forest and you see the frisbee golf course.
- Keep following past the WWI Grove of Remembrance and the Maryland Zoo and Rawlings Conservatory
- Pass over Swann Drive
- There is an optional roughly one mile loop around the Reservoir that is worth doing if you have the time/energy
- Pick up the JFT again between the basketball and tennis courts on East Drive
- Follow the JFT adjacent to East Drive and continue on a bridge that goes over I-83, the light rail tracks, and the stream.
- East Drive become Wyman Park Drive (you can take a detour to Hampden or Johns Hopkins University here if you want)
- If not, make a right on the JFT and follow the switchack down to the river.
- Cross Falls Rd and take the adjacent JFT downstream
- Across from the Streetcar Museum the trail crosses back and forth across the street than adjacent to the Amtrak tracks.
- Follow the JFT on the oversized sidewalk as you go up a slight hill and pop back back up into the City street grid.
- Follow the JFT adjacent to Lanvale Street on the oversized sidewalk across Maryland Avenue, N. Charles Street, and make a right on the JFT/sidewalk on St. Paul Street. Follow the green blazes. You will see Penn Station on your right.
Part 1 (from north to south)
Note 1: There is 10 hour metered parking on Maryland Avenue as well as garage parking nearby. Please do not leave personal items on the car seat. It is not a high crime area, but it is a city.
Note 2: Penn Station and the JFT is about three blocks from the UB/Mt. Royal lightrail station . You reach the trail by lightrail and MARC trains. (You can bring your bicycles on MARC on the weekends)
- Pick up the JFT on an oversized sidewalk on the east side of St. Paul Street (St. Paul Street is on the east side of the train station opposite Charles Street. The JFT will go over the train tracks and Jones Falls Expressway.)
- Make a left on the shared sidewalk trail adjacent to Mount Royal Avenue.
- Follow the shared sidewalk trail through these intersections: Calvert, Guilford, Preston, Biddle then over the JFX again, Chase, and Eager. At Madison, you are supposed to cross to the other side of the street. (You will have just passed the prison)
- Continue on the Fallsway path through the Monument, Hillen, Ensor, and Fayette
- When you get to the Shot Tower Metro subway stop, the trail crosses president Street on Baltimore Street toward downtown.
- Follow along Jones Falls Stream, which looks like a canal here
- Make a right on Lombard Street for one block
- Make a left on Market Place and crossover Pratt Street
- Make a right onto the harbor-adjacent trail
- Follow past National Aquarium, Harborplace
- Arrive at Baltimore Visitors Center