The Jones Falls was once an important source of power for grist and cotton mills that popped up in the Jones Falls Valley and produced goods that were taken into town via the Falls Road Turnpike. Many of those mills still remain as shops, galleries and homes amid elegant neighborhoods.

Alesia to Worthington

Including MD 25

The Falls Road tour begins near Prettyboy Reservoir near the tiny community of Alesia. Hiking, off-road biking, fishing and paddle sports are a few of the popular pursuits at Prettyboy, as well as down the road at Gunpowder Falls State Park.

Enter the town of Butler to browse among the various antiques stores and specialty shops before moving on to the Oregon Ridge Nature Center. Marble quarries, iron ore pits and an archaeology site are some of the interesting features of this 1,000-acre park, which also hosts outdoor events ranging from orchestral concerts to hot-air balloon ascensions and offers swimming and hiking.

Heading south past the idyllic campuses of Maryvale Preparatory School and St. Paul’s School, you find yourself amid historic country estates in the Green Spring Valley. Get a closer look with a quick sidetrack down MD 130 (Green Spring Valley Road).

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