Travel & Things to Do

ANCA Summit: Thrive Outside | Irvine Nature Center | Owings Mills, Md | August 1-5

Irvine Nature Center and Garrison Forest School (GFS) are located in Owings Mills, Maryland, between the suburbs of Baltimore and the rolling hills of Maryland horse country. Easily accessible by car, train or plane, Owings Mills is just minutes from main arteries: Highways 70, 695 and 83.

Travel Information

Nearby Airports

 Baltimore Baltimore/Washington International Airport (30-min drive from Irvine & GFS)
 Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan (75 min)
Dulles International Airport (90 min)
 Philadelphia Philadelphia International Airport (115 min)
 New York City JFK (3.5 hrs)
LaGuardia (3.5 hrs)
Newark (3 hrs)

​​Public Transit and Rideshare Options

Consider taking the train into Baltimore! It's about a 20-minute drive to campus from Penn Station.

Baltimore has the private car service FreedomCar. Both Uber and Lyft are readily available from BWI and Penn Station, and rideshares such as Waze are also available. ANCA will provide resources for Summit participants to self-organize carpooling.

Getting from BWI Airport to Irvine

See the following map for specific directions:

 

Driving

Thinking about driving to Owings Mills? Irvine and GFS are easily accessible off of the I-95 corridor. Depending on your starting point, time to destination is roughly:

  • 1 hour from Washington, D.C.
  • 2 hours from Philadelphia, PA
  • 2.5 hours from Richmond, VA
  • 3 hours from New York, NY

Things to Do Nearby

Dining Near Irvine

Owings Mills and the surrounding area offer a variety of dining experiences, including:

  • Terri’s Café – locally owned, casual
    • 11409 Cronhill Drive, Owings Mills
  • Edomae Sushi – locally owned, dine in or carryout
    • 10995 Owings Mills Blvd, Owings Mills
  • The Flying Avocado Café – locally owned, healthy and delicious
    • 10210 South Dolfield Rd, Owings Mills
  • CAVA – national, fast casual
    • 10130 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills
  • Tark’s – upscale dining in the Greenspring Valley
    • 2360 W Joppa Rd, Timonium
  • The Valley Inn – locally inspired, upscale food and spirits
    • 10501 Falls Rd, Lutherville

Downtown Baltimore

A short ride into downtown Baltimore offers a wide range of activities. Whether you are looking for arts and culture, a sporting event, or excellent dining, we recommend making time to see the waterfront that has earned the name “Charm City.” Highlights include:

  • Historic Ships in Baltimore
  • Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
  • Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards
  • B&O Railroad Museum
  • Guinness Brewery

See more at the Travel Baltimore website.

Appalachian Trail

There are 40.9 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland, with three notable hikes within a 90 minutes from Irvine. There are many good access points for day-hikes to overlooks, with a string of state and county parks along its length offering parking and various amenities.

Irvine Nature Center staff recommend:

Annapolis Rock
Access Point: 11175 Baltimore National Pike, Myersville, MD 21773 Parking lot on Route 40, one-quarter mile east of Greenbrier. Follow blue blazed trail from parking lot to white blazed A.T. Turn right to go north on A.T.
Note: Parking is limited and becomes very crowded on weekends and holidays.
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 2.2 miles
Options for Return: Return by same trail to Route 40
Highlights: Annapolis Rock offers a fine view of Greenbrier Lake and Cumberland Valley to the west. Continue north on A.T. one mile to Black Rock, which also offers a westward view.

Washington Monument
Access Point: Parking lot on Route 40, one-quarter mile east of Greenbrier. Follow blue blazed trail from parking lot to white blazed A.T. Turn left to go south on A.T. (cross foot
bridge over I-70).
Note: Parking is limited and becomes very crowded on weekends and holidays
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 3 miles
Options for Return: Return by same trail to Route 40 or leave a second car at Washington Monument State Park
Highlights: The first monument to our nation's first president offers views to the east and west

Read more about the AT in Maryland

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