BNHA Heritage Walk

Interpretive Framework

Gaining Freedom for All: African American Heritage and the Struggle for Equality

Seeking Prosperity on the Chesapeake: Baltimore History from Colonial Times through the 1800s

Shaping a Monumental City: The City’s Growth in the 20th Century

Upholding Independence: Baltimore and the War of 1812

Resource Type

Trails and Byways

Heritage Walk is a 3.2-mile walking trail through four distinct neighborhoods: the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, Historic Jonestown, and the city’s central business district. The trail connects 20 historic sites and museums, including the USS Constellation, Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum, Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, and Jewish Museum of Maryland. Discover how a sleepy town along the Patapsco grew into the Chesapeake’s commercial and manufacturing center.  The trail is marked with distinctive disks embedded into the sidewalk at 20-foot intervals and interpretive storyboard panels providing history and the trail route.

From May through October, the heritage area offers guided walking tours of Heritage Walk and other urban heritage trails.