World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Gwynns Falls


Gwynns Falls

Gwynns Falls is a 24.9-mile-long (40.1 km)[1] stream located in Baltimore County and Baltimore City, Maryland. Its headwaters are located in Reisterstown in Baltimore County, and the stream flows southeast, entering the city of Baltimore and emptying into the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River. The Patapsco drains into the Chesapeake Bay. The watershed area of Gwynns Falls covers 66 square miles (170 km2), with 133 linear miles of streams.[2][3][4]

The stream was named for Richard Gwinn, who opened a trading post along it in 1669. Gwynns Falls does not actually have a waterfall, but its rough, rocky nature caused John Smith to comment on how the stream tumbled over "felles". This confusing local practice of using "falls" in the name of rocky streams was also applied to Baltimore's Jones Falls and Gunpowder Falls, which do not have waterfalls.[5]

During periods of high water conditions the stream can be whitewater kayaked, with the most challenging section running from the dam in Dickeyville to the Washington Street bridge crossing. This section is entirely within the city limits of Baltimore. An unusual feature of the run is a point where a city water pipe main crosses about a foot above the water level; kayaking normally requires a portage around the pipe crossing.

See also


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011
  2. ^ Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management (DEPRM). Towson, MD. "Gwynns Falls Watershed." Accessed 2009-12-29.
  3. ^ DEPRM and Baltimore City Department of Public Works (October 2004)." Gwynns Falls Water Quality Management Plan: Executive Summary."
  4. ^ United States Geological Survey. Reston, VA. Feature Detail Report for: Gwynns Falls. USGS Geographic Names Information System. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  5. ^ Evan Balkan (2006). 60 Hikes within 60 Miles. "Gwynns Falls Park," p. 50. Menasha Ridge Press. ISBN 9780897326230.

External links

  • Gwynns Falls Trail
  • Gwynns Falls Watershed Association
  • Leakin Park Gwynns Falls Trail Map

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.