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Help us create a forest preserve in Gwynns Falls Leakin Park so we can join the Old Growth Forest Network.





2023 Membership Renewal

Invoices for the 2023 membership year are on their way, but you can pay on line anytime.  Start the process here...

Not a member?  Then join us!  It's just $25 a year.  Be a part of our organization that protects, promotes, and preserves Baltimore's most precious green space!

FoGFLP and a small team of local forest conservationists have collaborated on a video that highlights what is so special about the park, and why it needs to be protected.  

The video is dedicated to the memories of Antonio Carpenter and Heide Grundmann, whose advocacy and love for Gwynns Falls Leakin Park will always inspire us. 

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Friends of Gwynns Falls Leakin Park advocates tirelessly for Baltimore's largest urban wilderness.  Check out our NEWS page for the latest on current threats.

Visit our ADVOCACY page for an overview of our current and past advocacy efforts.

Deforestation in the News

See a recent series on CNN about the immense impact of the loss of urban tree canopy.

This story, and related ones (linked below) culminate in a call to action: 

  • spend more time outdoors
  • plant more trees
  • preserve the existing trees!     

Related stories from CNN:    

Read about Sewer Reconstruction Along Gwynns Falls River

The Friends group is keeping an eye on these critical and necessary projects.  We are in collaborative communication with the City and the contractors involved to ensure the Park's interest is put in the forefront.  Four updates are posted here....

Second Sundays

Join us the second Sunday of each month, April through November, for family fun!

Grab your picnic basket and come to 1920 Eagle Drive, 21207 for train rides (see below), games, nature exhibits, historic mansion tours, and more!

Steam Trains

A prominent part of our Second Sundays is the opportunity to ride on a miniature steam train as it winds its way on tracks near Crimea Mansion.  Located at 1950 Eagle Drive, 21207 these amazing machines are maintained by the dedicated group at Chesapeake and Allegheny Steamers.  See their Facebook page or better yet, come on out and take a ride!

Nature Art In the Park

Gwynns Falls Leakin Park becomes an art gallery!  Every year, sculptures made entirely from natural objects-- many of which were found in the park-- are installed on the trails between the Crimea estate and the Carrie Murray Nature Center.  A great place to start is just South of the Carrie Murray Nature Center.  Watch their Facebook page for opening and closing events, as well as occasional guided tours. 


Situated in the eastern division of the Piedmont, the Park has steep gradients with rapids, falls, and abrupt valley walls rising from the Gwynns Falls and Dead Run stream valleys. With a 300-foot difference in elevation from the stream valleys to the ridge tops, the Park's highest elevation is 403 feet above sea level.

This ecology has meant lush forests, rushing streams, abundant wildlife for Gwynns Falls Leakin Park.  Find out more about, and contribute to our understanding of the ecology of the Park...    READ MORE


Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park-one contiguous parkland with two names--comprises one of the largest woodland parks in an eastern United States city. Consisting of over 1000 acres, this is by far Baltimore's most extensive park, stretching from the western city line along the valley of the Gwynns Falls and its tributaries all the way to Wilkens Avenue.


There's no shortage of things to do in Gwynns Falls Leakin Park!  For starters there are bike trails, hiking trails, playing fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and even miniature train rides.  Not to mention a world class outdoor classroom and adventure center as well as the area's premier avian rescue facility and nature center. 

See the full list of what you can do in the park...


Where is the park? 

On the western edge of Baltimore, right where Interstate 70 terminates.

39° 18′ 23″ N, 76° 41′ 27″ W
39.306389, -76.690833

Mailing Address:

Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park
1920 Eagle Drive
Baltimore, Md. 21207

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