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Considered an urban oasis in the middle of Baltimore, the Cylburn Arboretum features over 200-acres of gardens, trees, and natural green spaces. The park offers one of the best wilderness and hiking experiences that can be found in the city. There are over 3 miles of woodland trails that circle the arboretum which ranges from easy to difficult terrain.
Along the trails, visitors can enjoy spotting wildflowers, birds, butterflies, and other animals. Cylburn Arboretum is also a popular gathering place for birding groups and photography lovers. Picnicking is allowed on the property. The Arboretum began as the private summer estate of Quaker businessman, Jesse Tyson. In 1863, he constructed the historic mansion located on the property. Interestingly enough, many of the trees and formal gardens on the property were first planted and designed by Jesse Tyson himself.
Today, the Cylburn Mansion hosts a watercolor painting collection featuring a variety of Maryland wildflowers that is on display. The mansion is typically open on weekends, with limited working hours so consider calling ahead to confirm staff is present for your visit. The Cylburn Arboretum is open to the public, year-round and admission is free, however, the facility is closed on Mondays. Dogs are welcome but must remain on a leash and cycling is not allowed on any of the park's trails.
Cover image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons by Simil Raghavan (CC BY-SA 4.0).