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Baltimore Historic Trails Descriptions
 
1 Cannon
Trail goes from a site representing the land defense of Baltimore during the war with the British in 1814, to the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine site, famous as the corresponding naval defense that inspired the Star Spangled Banner. The route covers Baltimore's best known tourist area: the Harborplace, the USS Constellation, the Maryland Science Center, and National Aquarium.  The south side of the Inner Harbor has Federal Hill overlooking downtown with vistas stretching west, north, and east. From there the walk travels through the row houses along the aptly named Fort Avenue.
 
2 Shot Tower 
Historic site visits on this trail may begin at the Maryland Historical Society, then heading to Baltimore's Washington Monument, Peabody Institute, the Walters Art Gallery, Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch, the Battle Monument, passing the Shot Tower, one of the oldest shotgun/musket ball manufactories left standing in the United States. Wending through downtown Baltimore streets, the trail goes by City Hall, the Court House and many religious buildings, ending at the Lloyd Street Synagogue.
 
3 Railroad
One highlight of this trail is the B & O Museum and Roundhouse, the Edgar Alan Poe gravesite being a close second.  The Mount Clare Mansion is the oldest home in the Baltimore City limits, surrounded by city parks and a golf course. Lexington Market is the oldest operating in Baltimore, since 1782. The University of Maryland medical complexes are world-renowned, with active helicopter ambulance to the Shock Trauma Center. The terminus of the trail is the famous Camden Yards where intercity passenger railroad (MARC) and intracity light rail meet (Baltimore's Penn Station on the main Amtrak lines is part of Segment 4).
 
4 The Thinker
Earlier hikers of this trail in the 1960s and a fraction of the next decade would have seen the signature Rodin piece outside the Baltimore Museum of Art; the bronze casting has been inside the museum since April 1971. Begins near the Maryland State Office complex. Druid Lake, the Rawlings Conservatory and the Baltimore Zoo are the destinations of this trail, which passes the Charles Village, the Wyman Park Dell (designed by Olmsted), Baltimore Area Council Schapiro Scout Service Center, the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, and the adjoining  Baltimore Museum of Art sculpture garden.