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Take A Walk In The Woods This Weekend: A No Car Required Excursion
Robert E Lee Park
Robert E. Lee Park is a 415 acre park straddling the Baltimore City/County line at Falls Rd. and Lake Ave. The park had been closed to the public for renovations, but reopened in October 2011 with a a new pedestrian bridge and boardwalk, erosion control elements and a bona-fide off leash dog portion of the park. According to the Baltimore Sun, Robert E. Lee closed in October 2009, after Baltimore City signed the property over to the county through a long-term lease.
Robert E. Lee Park is laced with a few miles of trails, making it a popular spot for hikers, runners and mountain bikers. Additionally, the lake has entry points for canoeing and kayaking.
For Baltimore City hiking enthusiasts, Robert E. Lee Park is arguably the closest thing you’ll find to the Appalachian Trail with easy no-car required access. To get to Robert E. Lee Park, take the light rail to the Falls Road Station, which is one stop north of Mt. Washington. A boardwalk at the east end of the station and parking lot will lead you to the park.
To access the Robert E. Lee trail system, enter the park via either bridge ( the boardwalk from the light rail station or the footbridge overlooking the dam). This section of the park is Paw Point Park, and yes, one must love dogs, or at least be able to tolerate them, as you are likely to be visited by small free roaming packs of pups here. The entry point for the woodland trails can be found at the northern end of the peninsula, just to the left of the pavilion. At the trail entrance, you will see a set of “stairs” that lead you over light rail tracks to the woods. Take the right trail and you will ramble along the lake or stay to the left for a more gentle walk along old train tracks. The superficial ending of the trail comes at a small gravel section at Falls Road used for parking. There are several unmarked loops along the trail.
One final tip… the park closes at dusk. Be careful about getting enamored with nature and staying in the park past sunset. You may find yourself caught in a flash of light, with an electronic voice announcing that you are trespassing and your picture has been taken for prosecution -no joke!
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