Baltimore's Historic Charles Street

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Driving the Byway

The byway corridor includes the entire 12-mile length of Charles Street and portions of parallel streets required to create a return path (due to portions of Charles Street being one-way north) and are essential to the full byway experience.

  • The byway extends from the Charles Street-Beltway (695) traffic circle in Lutherville in the north to the end of Charles Street in South Baltimore, just below the Beltway viaduct.
  • At the intersection of Charles Street and E. Lee Street, Charles Street becomes one-way going north.
  • St. Paul/ Light Street (Charles Street’s One-Way Pair): To drive the byway from north to south you are guided towards St. Paul Street to continue south. St. Paul splits off from Charles Street just south of the Cold Spring Ave intersection in the Guilford neighborhood. From here St. Paul runs roughly parallel to Charles Street heading south and changes name to Light Street near the Fayette Street intersection.
  • Heading south, choose to stay on Charles Street south of Greenway to 29th Street past Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus and the Baltimore Museum of Art (Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st Streets, three miles north of the Inner Harbor) and then cut over to St. Paul Street at 29th street.