A 10 Mile Moderate Hike in Gunpowder State Park: Hereford Area with Optional Post Hike Meal!
A walk through mixed hardwood and conifer woodlands along and above scenic Gunpowder Falls. 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 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.Scenery includes a large variety of wildlife, the Gunpowder River, Prettyboy Dam, Varied Flora, and Rock Formations.
Nearby City: Parkton, MD
Scenery: Gunpowder River, Prettyboy Dam, Varied Flora, and Rock Formations
Length: 10 total miles
Time: About 5-6 hours but depends on the groups pace
Trail Type: Loop
Trail Surface: Packed dirt, rock
Skill Level: Moderate due to some hills and the hike distance
Facilities: Restrooms at the south side of Bunker Hill Road
Local Contacts: Gunpowder Falls State Park
We hike rain or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead.
There are 2 carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan in the Baltimore vicinity, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.
Fairfax, VA (Vienna/Fairfax Metro Stop) Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan in the the Fairfax area from a Metro station, let's meet at Click here for more information regarding this carpool location that is in Fairfax, VA
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
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Hike Meetup Time is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Fairfax is 8:30 a.m.
Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 9:00 a.m.
Fido is welcome on this hike!
See ya on the trail!
Mike H: [masked]