Baltimore County surrounds the City of Baltimore and contains unique and varied communities, landscapes and activities. The larger portion of the terrain is undulating, with bold hills often rising to a height of 800 feet (240 m) above tidewater. The highest elevation is approximately 960 feet (290 m) above sea level, along the Pennsylvania state line near Steltz. The lowest elevation is sea level along the shoreline of Chesapeake Bay.
Looking for country living? Northern Baltimore County is primarily rural, with a landscape of rolling hills and deciduous forests characteristic of the Southeastern mixed forests.
If you’d like to be a bit closer to urban amenities, Towson, Catonsville and Owings Mills are just a few of your choices. Towson neighborhoods include country-like Ruxton and Rodgers Forge – a designated historic district of brick rowhomes built in 1925. Newer communities include Woodbrook on Charles and Towson Green.
Lake Roland, bordered by Falls Road and Lake Avenue offers hiking trails, kayaking (bring your own), and fishing. If you’re lucky, you may spot the pair of bald eagles that make Lake Roland their home.
Looking for waterfront communities? Middle river offers waterfront homes and dining, multiple marinas and Marshy Point nature center. Northpoint State Park and Wildwood Beach are located on the east side of Baltimore County. Hart-Miller Island is a 1,100-acre island located the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of Middle River and is a must see for those who want to get away from it all. It can only be accessed via private boat.
When you live in Baltimore County, there is never a shortage of things to do.
For nature lovers there are several parks for hiking, birdwatching and water sports:
· Irvine Nature Center
Would you love to spend a day on the water? Take classes or rent a boat at the Baltimore County Sailing Center, operating out of Rocky Point Park.
Are you a history buff? Spend a day visiting some of these historic sites in Baltimore County:
Fort Garrison, also known as Oulton's Garrison, Risteau's Garrison, and Olton's Garrison, is a historic fortification building located at Stevenson, Baltimore County, Maryland on Garrison Farms Court. It is a rectangular fieldstone building built about 1695.
Hampton National Historic Site, in the Hampton area north of Towson, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA, preserves a remnant of a vast 18th-century estate, including a Georgian manor house, gardens, grounds, and the original stone slave quarters.
Long Island Farm is a historic farmstead at 2200 Cromwell Bridge Road in Parkville, Maryland. The main house is a rambling multi-part building whose oldest part is said to date to 1764, when Isaac Risteau purchased the property
Fort Howard was a military installation located on the North Point peninsula, overlooking the main channel of the Patapsco River leading into the harbor of Baltimore. The fort grounds are now divided between a public park, which encompasses the sites of its batteries, and the non-public grounds of the former Fort Howard Veterans Hospital, which are in the process of redevelopment. Interpretive plaques and signs are placed throughout the park explaining the various military fortifications, weapons and their purposes.
With numerous restaurants, micro breweries, parks and recreation areas, Baltimore County might be just what you're looking for! Let Whit Harvey take you on a tour to find your next home.