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Gunpowder Falls State Park (Hereford Area), Maryland 21093

Distance0.4mi
Elevation Gain63ft
Trailhead Elevation318ft
Top342ft
Elevation Min/Max318/342ft
Elevation Start/End318/318ft

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Gunpowder South Trail (white) is a hiking and horse trail in Baltimore County, Maryland. It is within Gunpowder Falls State Park (Hereford Area). It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 318 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 63 feet. This trail connects with the following: Sandy Lane Trail.

Gunpowder South Trail (white) 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 South Trail (white) Reviews

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11/24/2011
Great Thanksgiving Day morning hike with my wife and 21 yr old son. Weather was great though a bit cold in the early morning. Good healthy hike on the Panther Branch -- interesting change in landscape from the start to the finish. Rocks and waterfalls turned into an open meadow and then into a pine forest that smelled great. Look forward to hitting this area again.
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8/3/2008
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2/2/2008
Nice variety of terrain and nice scenery even in February. Moderate level of difficulty. Some hills and rocks to climb over and there are sections where the trail isn't clearly marked. Some sections of the trail are narrow and there were some icy patches on this trip. I started and ended at the Bunker Hill road trail head. Headed around the west loop towards Pretty Boy Dam. Round trip about 3.5 hours.
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11/12/2007
Outstanding trail. I hiked Gunpowder South on 11/12/07, Veterans Day and saw only 7 other hikers. Directions to trailhead are in error. It is 1.4 miles from Mount Carmel Rd to Trailhead on Masemore Rd., not 2.4 miles. Masemore Rd does connect to Bunker Hill Rd. If you drive that route it will lead you to the Parking spot noted on Bunker Hill Rd north of Gunpowder River. The trail map depicts a crossing of Gunpowder River east of York Rd., but I could not find it. To get to Gunpowder North you would have to cross the river via the very narrow road bridge on York Rd.-something my hiking partner was reluctant to do because of traffic on this very narrow bridge. Dave
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7/8/2007
A wonderful hike we take many times, and the seasonal changes always provide something new to see. We usually do just one side of the loop, not the whole thing. That makes for a pleasant few hours. We've put a Google Earth kmz file up with the east loop and some pictures. http://www.zakar.com/images/hikes/GunpowderFalls1July07/gpf.kmz
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6/7/2007
We are from the Hereford area, and had not realized that there were such well-maintained and seemingly isolated trails right in our backyard. I do recommend taking a map along, since there are many intersecting trails which can lead you in many directions. The hikes were just challenging enough for my kids, 13 and 8 and our small dogs. The woods were lovely, and we were treated to the sight of a beaver swimming along the bank as dusk set in. We did most of the trail in pieces as short loops over several days with the map handy. The map in the guide book is a little misleading, as it doesn't show the missing bridge over Bunker Hill which led to some confusion over the placement of the Parking lots (upper and lower on the south side, one on the North side). The river crossing was pleasant on a hot day, but would've been an unpleasant surprise in the Fall!
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5/27/2004
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Trail Information

Gunpowder Falls State Park (Hereford Area)
Nearby City
Gunpowder Falls State Park (Hereford Area)
Parks
Gunpowder Falls State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Hereford, Maryland
Local Maps