Gunpowder Falls North and South Loop, Gunpowder Falls State Park

Hereford, Maryland

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A walk through mixed hardwood and conifer woodlands along and above scenic Gunpowder Falls. You can make a day of hiking in the wooded stream valley of Gunpowder Falls and the ridges above it, or you can take one of several shorter loop hikes. Raven Rock Falls, the stone ruins along Panther Branch, and views of hemlocks clinging to the canyon above Mingo Branch are just a few of the sights along the way. You might also encounter red fox, beaver, and wild turkey. Special considerations: Gunpowder Falls is a stocked trout stream; licenses are required. Check at the trailhead in the fall for information on hunting season. If you stay on the trail, you will not enter hunting lands.
Hiking Maryland & Delaware

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Hiking Maryland & Delaware

by David Edwin Lillard (Falcon Guides)

A walk through mixed hardwood and conifer woodlands along and above scenic Gunpowder Falls. You can make a day of hiking in the wooded stream valley of Gunpowder Falls and the ridges above it, or you can take one of several shorter loop hikes. Raven Rock Falls, the stone ruins along Panther Branch, and views of hemlocks clinging to the canyon above Mingo Branch are just a few of the sights along the way. You might also encounter red fox, beaver, and wild turkey.

Special considerations: Gunpowder Falls is a stocked trout stream; licenses are required. Check at the trailhead in the fall for information on hunting season. If you stay on the trail, you will not enter hunting lands.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hereford
Distance: 9.6
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Gunpowder Falls State Park
Local Maps: USGS Hereford, Maryland
Driving Directions: Directions to Gunpowder Falls North and South Loop, Gunpowder Falls State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

11/24/2011
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Great Thanksgiving Day morning hike with my wife and 21 yr old son. Weather was great though a bit cold in the early morning. Good healthy hike on the Panther Branch -- interesting change in landscape from the start to the finish. Rocks and waterfalls turned into an open meadow and then into a pine forest that smelled great. Look forward to hitting this area again.


8/3/2008
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8/2/2008
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5/3/2008
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Fantastic! Exactly what we were looking for - a fairly long afternoon hike, not too far from the city. Beautiful spring foliage. There are a few uphill climbs that winded me a bit (I'm pretty wimpy) but on the whole this is a pretty easy hike to tackle. Trail guide was very clear and helpful. One note about the last part of the hike - you won't cross back over the stream until you get to the cute bridge that was right by the parking lot. (We were worried that we'd missed a crossing.)


3/24/2008
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Seems very good with a lot of information. Thanks a lot.Thanks a lot.Thanks a lot.Thanks a lot.Thanks a lot.Thanks a lot.



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