Gunpowder North Trail

Gunpowder Falls State Park (Hereford Area), Maryland 21210

Distance2.4mi
Elevation Gain519ft
Trailhead Elevation319ft
Top370ft
Elevation Min/Max318/370ft
Elevation Start/End319/319ft

Gunpowder North Trail

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."

"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."

Gunpowder North Trail Reviews

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8/2/2008
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5/3/2008
Fantastic! Exactly what we were looking for - a fairly long afternoon hike, not too far from the city. Beautiful spring foliage. There are a few uphill climbs that winded me a bit (I'm pretty wimpy) but on the whole this is a pretty easy hike to tackle. Trail guide was very clear and helpful. One note about the last part of the hike - you won't cross back over the stream until you get to the cute bridge that was right by the parking lot. (We were worried that we'd missed a crossing.)
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3/24/2008
Seems very good with a lot of information. Thanks a lot.Thanks a lot.Thanks a lot.Thanks a lot.Thanks a lot.Thanks a lot.
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6/15/2007
Very nice trail along the river most of the time. Except for 2 short uphills at the beginning very leveled. Great for hot summer days - the trees provide nice shade. You can even take a dip in the river as the locals do. Easy to follow trail except for couple of places where the vegetation took over.
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9/22/2006
After parking at the trailhead off Masemore Road, we followed the white blazed Gunpowder South Trail, heading east. The well marked and maintained trail alternates between the edge of the Gunpowder Falls River and the ridge above. Upon reaching the intersection with York Road we crossed over to the blue blazed Gunpowder North Trail for the return trip. This trail runs mostly along the water’s edge and was not as well marked or maintained and difficult to follow in several places. Scenery was nice throughout and overall a very enjoyable hike. We were impressed with the depth, clarity and speed of the river and it beckons for a future paddling adventure. The traffic noise from I-83 was difficult to escape throughout the trek and detracted somewhat from that “back-to-nature” feeling.
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9/4/2001
The trail is well-marked and easy to moderate. i went recently, in august and had better weather than i had anticipated (less humid and buggy than i had expected). it was very peaceful to take the route along the water and there are a few places to stop and eat or relax along the falls as well.
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8/20/1999
Not a trail that could be considered challenging, but a trail that is a hike that affords some quite reflection. Easy strolls along the water with diversions into the trees. My kids spent most of the several hikes we have done there preoccupied with the frogs and birds they found there. It was a pleasant early morning stroll. Allowing a break from the stressors of the world.
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Gunpowder Falls State Park (Hereford Area)
Nearby City
Gunpowder Falls State Park (Hereford Area)
Parks
Gunpowder Falls State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Hereford, Maryland
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