City arboretum provides beautiful escape

The mansion hosts offices on the upper floors, but the bottom floor is open to the public. (Photo from www.oldlinesociety.org

Cylburn Arboretum, a Civil War mansion, was built in 1863 by Jesse Tyson as a private summer residence, but now it is currently being used as offices

The mansion hosts offices on the upper floors, but the bottom floor is open to the public. (Photo from www.oldlinesociety.org

The mansion hosts offices on the upper floors, but the bottom floor is open to the public. (Photo from www.oldlinesociety.org)

for the City of Baltimore’s Department of Recreation and Parks Horticultural Division and the Cylburn Arboretum Association. It’s a wonderful place to visit and not far from the Greenspring campus.

Although the mansion is being used for offices, visitors can still tour the first floor of the mansion that is open to the public and contains original architectural fixtures and details. A display case in the front hall holds photos of the home’s original owner. Located in Baltimore on Greenspring Avenue, the Arboretum is located on 207 acres of gardens, trails, greenhouses, food system labs, nature museums, a visitor and education center and, of course, the mansion.

This park is a great place to escape for hiking; viewing the different themed gardens; learning about local wildlife and geology; and attending lectures, workshops and tours led by Cylburn’s experts. The big open space on the lawn encourages visitors to picnic, or even catch a yoga class.

There are 3.5 miles of hiking trails at Cylburn, with difficulties ranging from easy to difficult. (Photo from www.cylburn.org)

There are 3.5 miles of hiking trails at Cylburn, with difficulties ranging from easy to difficult. (Photo from www.cylburn.org)

Cylburn is one of the largest wooded areas in Baltimore City, and it is a great place to search for different kinds of birds and wildflowers. There are more than 20 different gardens, and over 3.5 miles of trails ranging from easy to difficult.

Cylburn Arboretum is secluded oasis in Baltimore, a secret place with three miles of trails that meander through formal gardens, enchanting wooded areas carpeted with seasonal flowers and the historic 1836 Cylburn Mansion. Visitors can find their own magic. The Arboretum is free and open to the public and dogs all year round. Check the website before going, as the hours vary in the summer and winter.

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