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Federal Hill Park is an iconic landmark in Baltimore. The 10-acre park offers one of the best views of the city. Originally the site was comprised of jagged cliffs made up of red clay. Today, Federal Hill Park is known as a community green space featuring a prominent hill with grassy lawns perfect for stargazing and picnicking.
Federal Hill has a very interesting history. The first European explorer to set sights on the land was the famous Englishman, John Smith. In June 1608, Smith sailed from Jamestown up to the Chesapeake Bay on a 19-day journey. On this trip, he reported seeing a "great bank of clay flanking a natural harbor basin." His discovery encouraged Baltimore's early settlers to refer to the landscape as "John Smith's Hill."
Today, locals and tourists come to Federal Park Hill to witness expansive views of the Inner Harbor. The park is a popular gathering place to take advantage of beach volleyball, children's play areas, and a newly renovated basketball court funded by Under Armor which is based in Baltimore. In addition, Federal Hill has several interesting monuments that commemorate the history of the park. For example, Civil War cannons now line the promenade that once protected the region. The park is popular with hikers, cyclists, and families.
Cover image via Flickr by m01229 (CC BY 2.0).