Gunpowder North Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Baltimore County, Maryland. It is within Gunpowder Falls State Park (Hereford Area). It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 319 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 519 feet.
Gunpowder North Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Circle Gunpowder Falls at arguably its prettiest and most scenic section. The wrought iron Masemore Road Bridge was built in 1898. A wooden pole sits just to the left of the bridge, pointing out the white-blazed Gunpowder South Trail. Follow the trail upstream over mossy rocks and fallen tree trunks for 500 feet to the blue-blazed Highland Trail to the left. Head uphill through mountain laurel and along a ridged groove; you’ll see a valley dropping off to the right and Bush Cabin Run heading into Gunpowder Falls. Although mountain laurel is by far the dominant flora along this hike, if you complete the entire circuit, you’ll also pass by river birch, cherry, oak, hemlock, dogwood, and witch hazel."
--Evan Balkan, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--David Edwin Lillard, Hiking Maryland & Delaware (Falcon Guides).
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