Hiking Maryland & Delaware
by David Edwin Lillard (Falcon Guides)
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The trails here follow the river less than in other sections of Gunpowder Falls State Park, passing through forested areas and a couple of cornfields. It is close in to development, so you do see houses from the trail. Barley Pond is quite lovely and serene.
Our main complaint was that the trail marker posts were very confusing. Most are set at an odd angle and somewhat cryptic because of the number of double-blazed trails. We were actually glad we had our GPS to figure them out.
I'd like to go back in late Spring to see how the view changes. Overall, it is a "nice" trail, a short distance from Baltimore. There are are few inclines, and I'd rate the trail as easy to lightly moderate. Benches along the way make for a convenient spot to sit for lunch.
We went the day after a rain and some parts of the trail were muddy, but not terribly so.
The trail guide states "...after which Paper Mill Road changes to Sweet Air Road. In 8.5 niles, turn left onto Green Road." CAREFUL! The distance to Green Road is probably under 2 miles after 145 crosses 146. (the 8.5 might be from York Road)
I hiked the Sweetair trails early in the morning from 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m. This is a beautiful area for hiking. It has many wooded areas and open areas with very nice views. It is the best marked and maintained trail I have hiked in Maryland to date. New trails have been added recently. Trail head is easy to find and there is plenty of parking in the grass-covered parking area, complete with nice picnic tables. You can spend an entire day here and really enjoy the trails and peace and quiet.
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