Baltimore, MD

Druid Hill Park, Cold Spring Park, Cylburn Arboretum

Druid Hill Park, located 3 miles north of downtown, is a classic urban park. Designed in the 1860, Druid Hill Park is the the third oldest established park in the United States. It’s known for its shady lawns, picturesque water features, majestic forest, Baltimore Zoo, botanic gardens, and conservatory. And — if you’re looking for a good hill workout, this is the place to go!

This is a large park — it’s ~2 miles north-south and ~1 mile east-west. A full loop around the perimeter is ~6 miles.  Also fun to do laps around Druid Lake (1.5 miles).

Longer Run: Cold Spring Park/Jones Falls Trail/Cylburn Arboretum. This can add a few miles! Take the Parkdale Ave. exit out of Druid Hill Park at the Zen Garden. It’s 0.7 miles to Cold Spring Park (use Clipper Park Rd.), where you can pick up the paved Jones Falls Trail multi-use path, which runs for 1.5 miles to the northern end of the park. The park has some recreational facilities and Woodberry Woods on its west side. At the northern end of Cold Spring Park, enjoy the trails of Cylburn Arboretum. This is a lovely spot, with 20+ gardens, century-old trees, a nature museum, a a Civil War-era mansion, and ~2 miles of pleasant walking trails.

Add-Ons: Wyman Park is 0.5 miles east (use Wyman Park Dr.), where you can pick up the 2.5 mile Stony Brook Trail, run the campus of Johns Hopkins University, and the gorgeous streets of the Roland Park neighborhood.  See our ROUTE

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