Gunpowder Falls State Park
Jerusalem Village Plus Jericho Covered Bridge Trails: An Easy Side of Moderate 5 Mile Hike
Leave from historic Jerusalem Village and follow the floodplain of Little Gunpowder Falls before returning for a trip to the Jericho Covered Bridge. The grist mill, now Gunpowder Falls State Park headquarters, was built in 1772 and continued operations until the last miller died in 1961. You can spend hours in historic Jerusalem Village alone, and the fact that some fantastic hiking opportunities abound offers a wonderful bonus. The grist mill, now Gunpowder Falls State Park headquarters, was built in 1772 and continued operations until the last miller died in 1961. Other historic buildings in the village include a blacksmith shop (where we meet for this hike), gun shop, country store, tenant home and mansion. The beginning of the trail runs in the former millrace for Jerusalem Mill and visits remnants of the former millpond dam, waste gate and other stone structures.
This hike will be led at a brisk hiking pace
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kingsville, MD (Baltimore Vicinity)
Length: 4.8 total miles
Trail Type: Loop - Trail is a mostly a single-track dirt path through easy to moderate hills and valleys with one very easy and minor stream crossing
Skill Level: Easy side of Moderate
Scenery: Little Gunpowder Falls, wetlands, mixed hardwoods, historic sites, the trail follows the course of the scenic Little Gunpowder Falls through forested rolling hills of oaks and tulip poplars, crossing the scenic Wildcat Branch (stream) and open fields.
Duration: 2-3 hours depending on group speed and pic stops, etc.
Trail Surface: Packed Dirt
Trailhead Elev:210 feet
Top Elev: 310 feet
Local Contacts: Gunpowder Falls State Park
Facilities: Restrooms in park headquarters but has very limited hours. The Jerusalem Mill Museum and Visitor Center is open on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. and displays milling artifacts and village memorabilia.
Trail Notes for Leaders
We hike rain or shine! Click here to see the forecast for where we will be hiking!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro 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 is at 9:30 a.m.
Carpool time from Savage is 8:30 a.m.
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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 ensure 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 you there for a great hike!