Trails & Wildlife
Enjoy a wilderness experience in Baltimore cityThree and a half miles of woodland trails wind through the Cylburn grounds. The trails are a great way to
- Have a family adventure, including the dog
- Go for nature walks, observe birds and wildlife
- Get some exercise – walk, hike, or jog along the paths
- Download a Trails Map (PDF) >
- Download a map of the gardens (PDF)
- Note: Bikes are allowed on paved paths only; they are NOT allowed on the trails or lawns.
Home for nature in Baltimore CityCylburn Arboretum is a 207-acre urban park, with more than 150 acres of woodlands. Cylburn’s forest is a valuable resource for Baltimore’s local human and wildlife communities. Along with Druid Hill Park and Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, it is one the few wooded areas in Baltimore City and is the city's largest public garden.
Forest TreesUpper Piedmont hardwood dominated by American beech, northern red oak, and tulip trees make up the bulk of the forest. Over 150 years ago, while Cylburn was owned by the Tyson/Cotten families, various wooded areas were cleared to construct the mansion, carriage house, and gardens and to open up scenic vistas toward Baltimore’s harbor and the estates of Roland Park.
Cylburn's WildflowersThe trails contain wonderful groups of wildflowers, which have been maintained and showcased by volunteers who encourage their presence in the woodland setting while discouraging invasive plants and vines.
Baltimore Bird ClubCylburn is a homebase for the Baltimore Bird Club. Join in outings with other birders, learn about the bird life, and view the BBC Guide to Birding at Cylburn.
Plants and Animals List
We have complied a list of common and interesting wildlife at Cylburn, including mammals, birds, butterflies, wildflowers, and forest trees and shrubs.
Help us document Cylburn’s wildlife residents!
Interested in birding and wildlife photography? Do you bring your camera with you everywhere you go? Help us create a wildlife gallery for the animals that live around Cylburn’s grounds! Many of the local animals are shy, difficult to find, or nocturnal. But maybe you’ve been lucky enough to capture them in photos, or maybe the challenge of photographing them can add a new element to your Cylburn visit.
Remember: View from a distance and don’t feed, capture, or disturb any of our wildlife!
Submit your Photos
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Optional: tell us the location, time, and subject of the photo – that would be wonderful!
- Note: Please only send photos taken at Cylburn