Prettyboy Reservoir: Gunpowder River Trail!
A Short but Easy Side of Strenuous 4 Miles
"Feel the temperature change as you descend from wooded hills to the swift Big Gunpowder River, scrambling through an untamed and isolated section along the way. As you enter the woods on a fire road, you’ll be surrounded by a thick vegetation of oak, pine, flowering dogwood, maple, and poplar above, with several varieties of ferns, raspberry bushes, and honeysuckle below. Many cardinals, jays, thrushes, woodpeckers, warblers, and vireos avail themselves of this great habitat, and they even have their pick of relatively rare black walnut and very rare American chestnut trees."
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Linesboro
Length: 4.0 total miles
Elevation Gain: 690 feet
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy with a short moderate section
Scenery: Big Gunpowder River, hemlock groves
Exposure: Mostly shaded but less so in winter
Trail Surface: Mostly dirt
Duration: 1.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 240 feet
Top Elevation: 810 feet
Local Maps: USGS Lineboro
Note to Hike Leaders: Use hike number 32 from the book "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Baltimore", 2nd edition for this hike.
We break down into groups no larger than 15 hikers per leader/sweep team for a more enjoyable experience for all of us and is better for the environment. Large groups really take away from the hiking experience for everyone on the trail and not just our group. For this particular hike you have 2 to choose from so you can hike with others of a similar pace. Paces should be based on your preference but also please know your limitations.
Pace Option 1: A "walk in the woods" or "social" pace but NOT a stroll as we will keep moving, which is great for those who want to soak up the nature and will be up to 2.0mph and a great option for those who like to take a lot of pictures.
Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 2.5mph which is the pace of an average hiker.
PLEASE put your pace preferences in your RSVP if you know at this time.
We hike rain or shine! Click here to see the forecast for where we will be hiking!
Click here for suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area you can arrange to meet people at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations such as the DC area, 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
Click here for directions to trail head and where we meet.
Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time at Savage is 9:00 a.m.
Fido is Welcome on This Hike!
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which helps to make certain that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Let's have good times and see you on the trail!