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    Gunpowder Falls State Park (Hereford Area), Maryland
    Distance7.0mi
    Elevation Gain1,211ft
    Trailhead Elevation396ft
    Top495ft
    Elevation Min/Max318/495ft
    Elevation Start/End396/396ft

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    Fallston, MD
    Adventurer | 282 pts
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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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    Daniels, MD
    Trailblazer | 2814 pts
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    8/3/2008
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    Baltimore, MD
    Pathfinder | 110 pts
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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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    Laurel, MD
    Adventurer | 201 pts
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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.
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    Baltimore, MD
    Pathfinder | 182 pts
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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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    Monkton, MD
    Explorer | 30 pts
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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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    Hampstead, MD
    Pathfinder | 112 pts
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    5/27/2004
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