Gunpowder Falls State Park Jerusalem Village Trail with Jericho Covered Bridge Trail

Kingsville, Maryland

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Leave from historic Jerusalem Village and follow the floodplain of Little Gunpowder Falls before returning for a trip to the Jericho Covered Bridge. You can spend hours in historic Jerusalem Village alone, and the fact that some fantastic hiking opportunities lie all around offers a wonderful bonus. The grist mill, now Gunpowder Falls State Park headquarters, was built in 1772 and continued operations until the last miller died in 1961. Employees of the Gun/Cooper Shop, behind the mill, produced walnut gunstocks for the Maryland militia during the Revolutionary War. Spread out from the mill, all within easy walking distance, stand the Tenant House, Lee Mansion, McCourtney’s Store, Spring House, “Dwelling,” and, of course, the Blacksmith Shop, also built in 1772, where the hike begins. Each historic building tells a fascinating story.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Leave from historic Jerusalem Village and follow the floodplain of Little Gunpowder Falls before returning for a trip to the Jericho Covered Bridge. You can spend hours in historic Jerusalem Village alone, and the fact that some fantastic hiking opportunities lie all around offers a wonderful bonus.

The grist mill, now Gunpowder Falls State Park headquarters, was built in 1772 and continued operations until the last miller died in 1961. Employees of the Gun/Cooper Shop, behind the mill, produced walnut gunstocks for the Maryland militia during the Revolutionary War. Spread out from the mill, all within easy walking distance, stand the Tenant House, Lee Mansion, McCourtney’s Store, Spring House, “Dwelling,” and, of course, the Blacksmith Shop, also built in 1772, where the hike begins. Each historic building tells a fascinating story.

©  Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kingsville
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Gunpowder Falls State Park
Local Maps: USGS White Marsh
Driving Directions: Directions to Gunpowder Falls State Park: Jerusalem Village Trail with Jericho Covered Bridge Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/6/2017
0

This is my 'everyday' trail. It's very dog friendly, river for them to get in, open fields complete with buzzing bees and dancing butterflies, enough ridge climbing to get your heart rate up without taking the fun out of the hike. VERY friendly people on this trail.


9/13/2009
1

The guide is 100% accurate. The hike was pleasant. Parts of the White Trail on both sides of the park have great views. I'd give this 5 stars but the covered bridge was less than expected. We also liked the Yellow Trail that is also mentioned in the guide. We went here in July to hike but they were having a Civil War weekend so we watched the skirmishes, encampments, and exhibits instead. They also have a Revolutionary War weekend in October. Both weekends there is a charge. The park itself has many buildings used for milling, blacksmithing, and gun making during our history. Guns were made during the Revolution. There was a Civil War skirmish here over a Confederate enlisted man killed by the general store owner. The park alone is interesting.


6/7/2009
0

Trails runs mostly along river. Beautiful. Trail, in places, was unpassable because of heavy rains. Skirted along side of open field and then re-connected with blue blaze trail.


1/14/2008
0

Awesome hike includes covered bridge and lots of great river views. Perfectly detailed in the guide. Great historic area to explore.



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