Wildlands Loop, Gunpowder Falls State Park

Baltimore, Maryland 21220

Wildlands Loop, Gunpowder Falls State Park

Wildlands Loop, Gunpowder Falls State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This loop follows the upland forests of the fall zone, crossing a few streams and visiting a pleasant waterfall, then meanders downstream along Big Gunpowder Falls as it leaves the piedmont.

Watching Big Gunpowder Falls sliding through several narrow gorges, it is hard to believe that only 5 miles downstream the falls will spread to a deltalike, broad river more than a mile wide. Special considerations: The area is very popular on weekends. Early in the day and late in the afternoon, it is possible to find solitude here. Also, because there are several options for hiking in the park, people tend to disperse."

Wildlands Loop, Gunpowder Falls State Park Reviews

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7/16/2018
I enjoy this hike in the summer because of the swimming hole. There are some water crossings and waterfalls. It can be a bit muddy by the water. There's a lot of trails in the park that are marked with colors that intersect. It's never been too crowded when I've gone and it's a good trail for dogs.
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6/24/2017
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7/28/2012
Well we hit the trail head at around 8:30am and it was a great time to be there. The parking lot on Rte 1 was getting filled and we expected to see a few people. To our surprise there were very few folks on the longer trail. The trail is well marked, very scenic and potentially full of wild life.That is if people learn to be quiet. We expect to do this trail often mainly because its a great walk and its close to Wegmans . Recommended.
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10/13/2010
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9/3/2010
This is our every friday hike some times 3 to 4 times a week. Love it.
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7/24/2010
Due to bridge construction, which was even active on Saturday, there was little to no parking off of Belair Road. We'll wait and try this one again in the fall.
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11/29/2009
I just got back from hiking this today. It is an interesting mixture of high-traffic,well maintained, almost urban feeling trails and very rugged, hard to locate trails. There are at least a half dozen stream crossings that are not always easy to navigate and remain dry-footed. Though the height gain is not significant, I would say 80% of this hike is either going up or going down significant grade and you need to moderately in shape for it not to distract from the pleasure. Not a "stroll in the park" and I wouldn't take children younger than mid-teens.
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8/3/2009
Very serene, tranquil once you got away from US1. Didn't see much wildlife - a squirrel ... some impressive spiderwebs... but there was a lot of bear poo on the trail. Crossing the streams made interesting by stepping stones or fallen trees rather than bridges.
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7/12/2009
This is a nice hike - plenty of parking, well marked trails, clean river, peaceful, and surprising quiet even though there are a lot of people parked in the lot. The water fall is more of a wading pond than a waterfall and is a nice place to take a break. Many people were walking their dogs. We will go back again.
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11/9/2008
Had a great time. I was worried about the number of cars at the trailhead but only ran in to 4 hikers when we were on the wildlands trail. We saw deer and mallard ducks unfortunately batterie in the digital camera ran out 1/4 mile before we saw them. all in all great trail will do it again.
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Trail Information

Baltimore
Nearby City
5.2
Distance
Minimal
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Gunpowder Falls State Park
Local Contacts
USGS White Marsh, Maryland
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018