Discover Charles Street Byway Management Other Byways
Three other byways cross through the boundaries of the Baltimore National Heritage Area. While the heritage area does not directly manage these byways, staff works with the other byway management organizations to coordinate interpretive activities and promote byway-based travel within the heritage area.
Star-Spangled Banner Scenic Byway
In Baltimore, visitors following the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and Scenic Byway learn about the places, people, and events of the War of 1812. The emphasis is on the events of the summer of 1814, when the citizens of Baltimore successfully defended the city from invasion by British forces on the land and from the water. The entire byway, which is also a National Historic Trail, retraces the movements of British and U.S. forces during the final months of the war. The byway connects 1812-related sites including Patterson Park, Federal Hill, Fort McHenry, and Fell’s Point.
Falls Road Byway
Falls Road (MD 25) follows the Jones Falls Valley from northeast Baltimore County to downtown Baltimore. Early settlement in the valley focused on grist and cotton mills powered by the waters of Jones Falls. Goods produced at the mills and elsewhere in the valley were taken into town via the Falls Road Turnpike, and later the North Central Railroad. Today, the Falls Road corridor remains largely rural, providing easy access to historical and cultural attractions as country landscapes give way to Baltimore’s cityscape. Within the heritage area the byway follows Falls Road from the vicinity of Roosevelt Park into downtown, ending at Maryland Avenue.
Historic National Road Scenic Byway
The Historic National Road was the nation’s first federally funded interstate highway. Opening westward expansion, it became a transportation corridor for the movement of goods and people. The road extends from Baltimore City to western Illinois. Visitors experience 200 years of American history as they visit classic inns, tollhouses, diners, and motels along the route. Within the heritage area the road, designated a National Scenic Byway, follows Pratt Street (eastbound) and Lombard Street (westbound) for almost two miles, as well as a quarter-mile mile section on Frederick Road (MD 144) where it crosses the Gwynns Falls Greenway.