Leakin Park

5199 Windsor Mill Rd
Gwynn Oak MD 21207
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Hidden away within the western boundaries of Baltimore, Leakin Park is technically one area of a larger park known as the Gwynn Falls-Leakin Park area. The park offers numerous acres of forests and streams to explore. Unlike other urban parks in Baltimore, Leakin Park has only limited access to drivers. Visitors can find abundant wildlife in the park including deer, waterfowl, birds and other animals. The park also has a nature conservatory and a sports field.

How to get to Leakin Park
The best way to get to Leakin Park is by car. One of the more popular parking areas can be found off Franklintown Rd in the Dead Run Branch area. Other parking areas include lots found on Ridgetop Rd and Eagle Dr. First time visitors will want to use a map or GPS to locate the park. Once parked, most areas can only be reached on foot.

Best and worst time to go to Leakin Park
The best time to visit Leakin Park is during the day, preferably when it's sunny outside. Generally the park has a low number of visitors, even during the weekends. During the winter months the park is open but much of the vegetation dies back.

Admission to Leakin Park
Admission to the park is free year around. Parking is free at the parking lots.

Must see/do at Leakin Park
The Carrie Murray Nature Center is a great first stop when visiting the park. The center offers exhibits on the wildlife found throughout the park and provides maps of the park. Hikers will love the many paths that wander through countless wooded areas along streams. Bicyclists will love the Gwynn Falls Trail which runs from the park for 14 miles into the city.

Other places to visit near Leakin Park
Nearby places to visit include Coppin State University, Lake Ashburton and Druid Hill Park.

Insider tip for visitors to Leakin Park
Be sure to get a detailed map of the park with many of the park's attractions noted. Since the park is heavily wooded, consider using tick repellent when visiting.

Author's bio: Bruce Emmerling is a freelance writer residing in Baltimore, MD. He's been writing independent articles about technology, travel, events and news for six years.