Sleep in and Hike! Gunpowder Falls State Park: Sweet Air Area: An Easy Side of Moderate 5.5 Miles!
An amazing amount of variety in a relatively short hike—the scenery changes every mile or so. It’s almost a crime that this exceedingly beautiful 1,250-acre section of Gunpowder Falls State Park is so lightly used—but what a treat that is for hikers seeking solitude! A wonderfully quiet hike offering a diversity of experiences: plentiful contact with Little Gunpowder Falls, a small pond in the woods, farm fields, immense tulip poplars, and small pine groves.
There are a lot of hills in this hike. Nothing too steep, but definitely enough throughout the entire hike to get a great workout so don't let the distance fool you!
This time of year, with the bare trees, you can see the river for almost the entire hike. It seems like a completely different hike than the other seasons as a result! Nothing like the clear, crisp views of winter hiking!
A moderate pace of about 2.5mph which is the speed of the average hiker!
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Baldwin
Length: 5.5 total miles
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy to moderate with rolling hills throughout but nothing too steep.
Duration: 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 160 feet
Top Elevation: 530 feet
Local Contacts: Gunpowder Falls State Park
Local Maps: USGS Phoenix, Jarrettsville
Topo Map: Gunpowder Falls State Park: Sweet Air Area Trail Topographic Map
We hike rain, snow, or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead.
To carpool from the Ft. Meade area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.
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
Click Here for Directions to where we meet for this hike.
Hike Meetup Time is at 11:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time from Savage is 10:00 a.m.
Click here for suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.
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 means 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.
Fido is Welcome on This Hike!
See ya on the trail and please take a hike leaders number with you just in case!