Best Trails in Gunpowder Falls State Park
Gunpowder Falls State Park stretches nearly 18,000 acres in Harford County and Baltimore County. The park was established in 1959 in order to protect the stream valleys of the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls and the Gunpowder River. The park displays a variety of topography ranging from tidal marshes to steep rugged slopes and hosts a variety of activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, and canoeing. Fishing is another a popular activity in the park, as the park has great trout fishing.
The park is divided into six park areas: the Hereford Area, The Torrey C Brown Trail, Sweet Air Area, Central Area, the Hammerman Area, and the Dundee Creek Marina.The Hereford Area, located along York Road contains the Millpond Cottage and is best for hiking, fishing, and canoeing kayaking. The Torrey C. Brown Trail Area contains the most renowned trail in the Park, the Northern Central Railroad (NCR) Trail. This rail-trail is also known as the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail, named after Dr. Torrey C. Brown who was the third Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. This multi-use trail extends from Ashland, Maryland to the Maryland-Pennsylvania state line. The Sweet Air Area is best for hikers and equestrians. The Central Area contains both Big and Little Gunpowder Falls as well as the Historic Village of Jerusalem Mill. This area is popular amongst hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. The Hammerman Area offers a large swimming beach area on the Gunpowder River, great for the whole family. Dundee Creek Marina offers boat launching, boat rentals, fuel, and a marina store. There is also fishing in this area.
The park headquarters are located in Jerusalem Mill Historic Village in the Central Area.