Gunpowder Wildlands Sweathouse Loop

Perry Hall, Maryland

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Our hike starts out as a wide stone and gravel path just beyond the trail kiosk and green gate, heading downhill and crossing through the culvert under Belair Road. On the other side of the culvert, enter this scenic Piedmont river valley along Gunpowder Falls. Almost immediately, leave the wide gravel and dirt path, which is the blue Stocksdale Trail, and take the pink Wildlands Trail on your right. Don’t worry, you’ll get your fill of river walking on the homestretch. Begin heading uphill on the narrow dirt path to the upland forest. The pink Wildlands Trail takes us over creeks, past an unmarked trail or two, and through a remarkable section where towering pine trees line the path and provide shade for the trail. Underfoot is a cushion of pine needles, and the scent of Christmas fills the air.

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"Our hike starts out as a wide stone and gravel path just beyond the trail kiosk and green gate, heading downhill and crossing through the culvert under Belair Road. On the other side of the culvert, enter this scenic Piedmont river valley along Gunpowder Falls. Almost immediately, leave the wide gravel and dirt path, which is the blue Stocksdale Trail, and take the pink Wildlands Trail on your right.

Don’t worry, you’ll get your fill of river walking on the homestretch. Begin heading uphill on the narrow dirt path to the upland forest. The pink Wildlands Trail takes us over creeks, past an unmarked trail or two, and through a remarkable section where towering pine trees line the path and provide shade for the trail. Underfoot is a cushion of pine needles, and the scent of Christmas fills the air."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Perry Hall
Distance: 4.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gunpowder Falls State Park

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Jun 2018