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Hunt Valley, Maryland

 

Hunt Valley, Maryland

Hunt Valley, Maryland
Unincorporated community
Hunt Valley, Maryland as seen from Gilroy Road
Hunt Valley, Maryland as seen from Gilroy Road
Hunt Valley Towne Center in Hunt Valley, Maryland
Hunt Valley Business Park in Hunt Valley, Maryland
Horse Racing right outside Hunt Valley, Maryland

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Country  United States of America
State  Maryland
County Baltimore
ZIP codes 21031, 21030
Area code(s) 410, 443

Hunt Valley is an unincorporated community in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. Its traditional name was based on being just east of Maryland's traditional Horse Country (like the Kentucky Blue Grass region), and the site of the venerable Maryland Hunt Cup championship of steeplechase horse racing and jumping established 1894. It lies just north of the city of Baltimore, along the York Road (former old historic Baltimore-York Turnpike) which is now Maryland Route 45 off Interstate 83. The Loch Raven Reservoir nearby is an important drinking water resource and with its surrounding forested watershed is one of three reservoirs (Loch Raven, Prettyboy and Liberty) established for the City of Baltimore and its surrounding metropolitan areas in Baltimore County since the 1880s and expanded in the 1910s. Located at a latitude of 39.5° North and longitude 76.7° West.

Hunt Valley is the home of Systems Alliance, Inc., BreakAway Games, Atradius North America, Sinclair Broadcast Group, McCormick & Company, Textron Systems (formerly AAI Corporation), Dunbar (Armored Vehicles), TESSCO Technologies, KCI Technologies, Inc. and ZeniMax Online Studios. It was the former home of Noxell Corporation, makers of Noxzema, before Noxell was acquired by Procter & Gamble in the early 1990s. It was also the former home of PHH and Firaxis Games, both of which now reside in Sparks, Maryland which is a few miles to the north of Hunt Valley. MicroProse, a leading video game developer from the 1980s, was originally based in Hunt Valley. The Hunt Valley Inn is the most popular hotel in Maryland for annual regional Science fiction conventions for fans of the TV shows and feature movies Star Wars and the ever-popular Star Trek and their "Trekkers"/"Trekkies". Over the years it has hosted Balticon, ShoreLeave, Horrorfind, Monster Mania, Nostalgia Con, FaerieCon, ClipperCon and Farpoint.

Hunt Valley is served by the old Maryland State Fair held in late August and early September.

Development restrictions to the west of Hunt Valley and the Baltimore-Harrisburg Expressway (Interstate 83) and its parallel historic York Road (Maryland Route 45) were first envisioned in the late 1950s by famed American architect and urban planner David A. Wallace (1917-2004), who laid out the original concepts and plans for the Charles Center re-development of downtown Baltimore's central business district beginning in 1958 to the mid 1970s which later led also to the more famous Inner Harbor waterfront revitalization of the 1960s to the 80's. Along with colleague and partner Ian L. McHarg at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Fine Arts (later known as the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, after 2003, also known as PennDesign) envisioned the preservation of the Baltimore County valleys in their 1963 booklet A Plan for the Green Spring and Worthington Valleys.

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Public transportation

Hunt Valley is well known in the Baltimore area as a result of its public transportation. It is the northern terminus of the Light Rail line, and is also served by the Route 9 bus. Only one-half of light rail trains operate to the Hunt Valley terminus, with the remainder only running as far as Timonium. The frequency of service is every 15 minutes all day daily and on weekends and holidays. Route 9 operates on an approximately 20 minute interval daily.

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