Join Us for a Moderate 5 Miles in Gunpowder Falls State Park: Pleasantville Area Trails with an Optional Post Hike Meal
"Hike along the Gunpowder River, then ascend to the exceedingly beautiful rail bed of the defunct Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad.This hike winds up being one of the prettiest anywhere around."
This is a great hike for those looking to build stronger hiking legs because while it is still on the shorter side at just under 5 miles, it is pretty hilly. While there is nothing too steep or too long, they are a constant throughout the length of this beautiful hike. The rolling hills are what makes this a moderate and not an easy hike.
Nearby City: Baldwin
Length:[masked] total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Gunpowder Falls State Park
Local Maps: USGS Jarrettsville
Topo Map: Gunpowder Falls State Park Topographic Map
We break down into groups no larger than 15 hikers per leaderfor a more enjoyable experience for all of us and is better for the environment. Large groups really take away from the hiking experience. This also allows us to offer a variety of hike paces and this particular hike will be led at a moderate pace since there is only one leader, hence one group.
We hike rain or shine. Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.
To carpool from the Baltimore/Laurel area, please meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.
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 Where We Meet for This Hike
Hike Meetup Time is 8:30 a.m. (To Beat the Heat)
Carpool from Savage Time is 7:15 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 a leader in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which helps to make sure that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then 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
Let's have good times and see you there!