Gunpowder Falls Trail

Gunpowder Falls State Park (Central Area), Maryland 21128

Distance3.6mi
Elevation Gain362ft
Trailhead Elevation19ft
Top102ft
Elevation Min/Max18/102ft
Elevation Start/End19/19ft

Gunpowder Falls Trail

Gunpowder Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Baltimore County, Maryland. It is within Gunpowder Falls State Park (Central Area). It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 19 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 362 feet. The Gunpowder Lodge restaurant is near the trailhead. The Big Falls Inn bar can be seen along the trail.

Gunpowder Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Stroll through the floodplain along Gunpowder River as well as upland forest, taking in an abandoned millpond, sawmill ruins, and swimming holes. Since the trail initially runs alongside US 1, it can be a bit loud, but the trail soon heads away through a beautiful area of mature trees, many easily 50 or 60 years old, among them some fantastically large beeches."

"Stroll through the floodplain along Gunpowder River and then traverse upland forest to the sight of an abandoned millpond, now lost to the forest floor. You’ll see many people with fishing poles heading away from the bulletin board and going under the bridge on the right.

You can head left here and follow the trail along the water’s edge, or you can take official Lost Pond trailhead, which has blue blazes, that begins at the edge of the woods near the other parking lot. The two trails closely parallel each other and eventually connect. I took the water’sedge trail, but during heavy rains, mud and maybe even a few inches of water may cover it."

"Hike along the Gunpowder River, then ascend to the exceedingly beautiful rail bed of the defunct Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad. If you’re doing this hike in summer, a word of warning: wear long pants. I didn’t, and by the time I was through with the initial section, my legs were a pair of itchy, bloody pulps.

There’s poison ivy galore, plus sticker bushes, devil’s tear thumb, and nettles. I spent a good amount of time cursing, but I’m incredibly glad I didn’t turn around—this hike winds up being one of the prettiest anywhere around. (Indeed, even in this first section, there are loads of wildflowers to temper the irritants.)"

"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."

Gunpowder Falls Trail Reviews

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7/6/2017
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.
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6/24/2011
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5/29/2010
This is a beautiful trail that was full of wildlife. Along the trail I saw frogs, turtles, birds, squirrles, insects, and huge ugly spiders (I don't like spiders). There was also evidence (i.e. droppings) that a rather large mammal used the trail recently. I assumed it came from either a deer or black bear there's no way it came from a dog. The trail was wide and easly traversed. There were a few stream crossings along the way but nothing to difficult. At one point on the trail I came to what seemed like a dead end in the trail which seemed strange to me since this is a loop trail. I noticed a tree had fallen above the stream and on the other side were the tree ended was a 7 foot embankment. I climed the tree and embankment and noticed that the trail continued down this path. This path was overgrown and looked as if no came this way anymore. This trail did indeed lead back to the parking lot. I highly recommond you visit this trail.
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9/13/2009
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.
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6/7/2009
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.
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8/2/2008
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1/14/2008
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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9/4/2006
Not the most technically challenging, but definitely a beautiful hike. Most of the trail follows the Gunpowder River. I hiked @ 06:30 and had the trails to myself save one lone trail runner. Saw 3 deer drinking at the river, a fox trotting along the trail, a rabbit and numerous trout in the river. Being so close to Baltimore, you definitely will not have the same experience at 14:00 on a sunny day!
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10/5/2005
very easy to the point of boring, watch out for water crossings, the water is at least two feet deep,
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7/25/2004
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Gunpowder Falls State Park (Central Area)
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