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Grassroots Effort For Expanded Herring Run Trail Network

April 3rd, 2014 | Categories: Events, People, Programs | 3 comments

Herring Run under Loch Raven Blvd Insert Trail Here

The Herring Run stream valleys have untapped potential to become an incredible urban trail system

On a bitterly cold January evening in Lauraville, a group of trail enthusiasts got together to discuss how to make the Herring Run Trail much more than what it currently is. Trading ideas while huddled over maps, everyone involved brought a special skill to the meeting: a cartographer, a right-of-way specialist, a trail loving parks employee, a bike blazer, a trail development specialist, a bike shop owner, a bicycle planner, a university community liaison, bike advocates and avid hikers. Everyone also had personal knowledge of the Herring Run stream valley – what’s there and more importantly, what could be there. Before the evening was over, the next steps to creating a world class urban trail system along the Herring Run were set.

Hering Run under Northern PkwyStep 1: Go for a hike! On a similarly bitterly cold January morning, the first group of adventurers met at the corner of Herring Run Drive and Echodale Avenue. The morning’s plan was to hike or bushwack downstream to East Cold Spring Lane and determine where a trail could be developed. Heading south along the west bank, we passed through a ball field, then entered the woods where the deer and local kids blazed a thin trail which crosses a joining stream with an equally thin boardwalk. Running up against steep bank, we crossed to the east side and found a myriad of trails extending downstream to the Chinquapin Run confluence.

Herring Run Mt PleasantStep 2: Document that hike! The advent of GPS has made mapping hikes a breeze! Simply turn on Google’s “My Tracks” and walk. With a little cartographic magic, next thing you know, you can see your map in Google Earth. Add a few waypoints and some field notes and you’re almost ready to present it to Baltimore City Recreation and Parks. (But wait, there’s more) Field notes can include anything that would help or hinder the creation of a sustainable trail system; whether it be noted trail re-routes, brush removal and most importantly, trash removal. Being an urban park, many local residents believe the park to be their personal dumping ground. Such is not the case and needs to be remedied in many areas.

20140208_102710Step 3: Go for another hike and document THAT hike! While the hike from Echodale to Cold Spring was the first hike, it certainly wasn’t the last hike. Since then, similar expeditions have occurred

Points of interest discovered along the way:

Mar 1, 2014 11_13_04 AMStep 4: Present at the Baltimore City Trail Summit! It was determined early on the Trail Summit would be the perfect opportunity to share this endeavor with the public. What started out as a living room full of visionaries quickly expanded with enthusiastic volunteers wanting to be a part of this big project. There is no shortage of work to be done and many hands make light work.

View the HERRING RUN TRAIL NETWORK presentation from the Baltimore City Trail Summit

Step 5: Meet with the Friends of Herring Run Parks As this truly is a community project, bring in the stewards of the parks on Monday, May 19th.

Step 6: Repeat Steps 1, 2 & 3 There are many sections of the Herring Run watershed to explore. Future hikes include


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Frozen falls on the Herring Run

MORE’s Clean Stream at Loch Raven, April 5

March 25th, 2014 | Categories: Events | Post Comment


Please remember to bring work gloves (we will have some) and plastic grocery bags. Additionally, please wear sturdy shoes/hiking boots. 

Baltimore Trail Summit, March 22

March 12th, 2014 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

Trail Summit 2014The Recreation and Parks Department’s 3rd annual conversation on trails. Are you a trail user, an advocate, volunteer working to improve? Come hear some information on current trail expansion plans and timelines as well as the great accomplishments of our dedicated trail lovers and their efforts to create sustainable trails. This is a great time to hear about various resources available and learn valuable lessons from others working on trails in Baltimore. A perfect event for Baltimore City Trail Advocates to come together. The format is about an hour of of presentations and an hour for networking.

Baltimore County Ped Bike Meeting Tomorrow

March 10th, 2014 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

County PBAC AgendaWhat ideas are you bringing?

2014 Tour dem Parks Registration Open

February 19th, 2014 | Categories: Events | Post Comment


Tour dem Parks, Hon! is Sunday, June 8th, 2014. This annual bike ride through Baltimore’s parks and neighborhoods offers a close-up view of regional parks like Carroll, Patterson, Clifton and Druid Hill, as well as some quietly tucked away gems. Participants choose from 4 routes: 14 miles (the family ride on the Gwynn’s Falls Trail), 25 miles, 35 miles, or a metric century (64 miles). All rides start and end in Carroll Park.

Proceeds support Baltimore’s parks, as well as environmental, “friends of parks”, and cycling groups. Tour dem Parks, Hon! is fully supported with rest stops and ends with a jazz barbeque.  Visit the new website and register today!

MORE 2014 Winter Party, Saturday Feb 22

February 16th, 2014 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

MORE Winter Party

The 2014 MORE Winter Party is coming up quick, and we want to make sure everyone has all the details. This year, please join us at the Faux School in Frederick, MD to celebrate another great year!  MORE’s providing the main course but we’re hoping you folks will bring your best side dish, appetizer or dessert along to share. As an incentive to bring your A game, we’ll have moderately fabulous prizes for the dishes that get the most votes.
Please RSVP and direct any questions to

Downtown Bike Network Unveiled Next Week

January 29th, 2014 | Categories: Events, Infrastructure | Post Comment

CathedralThe long-planned Downtown Bike Network for Baltimore will be unveiled next Tuesday, February 4th from 5-7 pm at the Enoch Pratt Central Library on Cathedral Street.   Not only will plans for Baltimore’s first cycletrack for Maryland Avenue and Cathedral Street (above) be presented, but also the long awaited connection for the Jones Falls Trail at Madison Street (below).  More details available on the Facebook event page.

Madison Jones Falls Trail Intersection

Snowy Riding Around B’more

January 5th, 2014 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

Snow TiresWith abnormally cold weather lately, biking around Baltimore requires a little more prep.   You almost have to dress like a ninja to protect against this bitter cold and let a some air out of your tires to get a little more traction

Smooth MTB Ride on Christmas Eve

December 31st, 2013 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

December - New York Christmas 006Ugly SweatersThe great thing about the holidays is less traffic to contend with. Fewer cars mean fewer close calls and a little more road space for group rides. So Christmas Eve morning is a good time for an urban mountain bike ride. This has been Phil Kennedy’s tradition for 10 years. Starting at 7 am from the edge of Rodgers Forge, this annual ride winds through the city for about 30 miles, spreading Christmas cheer along the way. With colder temps, ugly Christmas sweaters are an acceptable apparel.

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Test your skills at N Bethel & Oliver


A very cool place for the 2nd stop

This signal-optional ride with occasional salmoning is more easily done with knobby tires. Crossing the Melrose Avenue bridge, riding down the Roland Avenue median and hoping on the Stony Run trail, the group of 9 hit some usual Baltimore spots: Druid Lake, Graffiti Alley & Mt. Vernon Place. Riding down the stairs at Washington Monument is no problem for fat tires. Circling through the Westside and out to Bond Street wharf for the 1st break. Climbing up Caroline Street for another break at the corner of Greenmount and Chase (Google it), then over to Oliver to check out the future pump track site and try out some of the local obstacles. No Christmas ride is complete without a stop at 34th Street, then to check out the newer section of the Jones Falls Trail. Returning to the country, take Roland Heights Ave & Evans Chapel for an easier climb out of the valley.  This ride is a very cool way to kick off the holidays!


Urban MTB Ride Christmas Eve Morning

December 23rd, 2013 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

On Dec. 24th, Christmas Eve, the 10th Annual Phil Kennedy Urban Ride tours the city. Stage at 7:00am on Bellona Avenue at Cloister Gate Drive between Charles Street and Stevenson Lane. Ride returns to the starting point around 11:00 am.

Mountain bikes are recommended! You never know what steps we will race down or ledges we will jump off of.  Exploring the city with knobby tires provides many options!  Pace is casual, mood is festive.



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