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Gunpowder State Park: Pleasantville/Bottom­ Trails: A Moderate 5 Miles with Meal!

  • Apr 27, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Join Us for a Moderate 5 Miles in Gunpowder Falls State Park: Pleasantville - Bottom 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 and I was amazed that hiking in the Baltimore are could rival some I have driven much further for similar beauty. Little Gunpowder Creek is the star of this hike. If you're into geopolitical boundaries the entire length of the Little Gunpowder Creek is the boarder between Baltimore and Harford Counties. So when you're done hiking in one county you cross over and go hiking in the next. There are bridge foundations that still stand over the Little Gunpowder Creek where trains crossed over the river way back in days now long gone. The parts of the loop that follow the old railroad bed have a spectacular view of the area where the land was raised to for the railroad as well as where parts of the hills were carved out. Come out and see just what a hidden gem of a hike this is for yourself! 

Transition Hike

This is a great hike for those looking to build stronger hiking legs because while it is still on the shorter side at just about 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.

Trail Information                         
Nearby City: Baldwin
Length: 4.5 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Gunpowder Falls State Park
Local Maps: USGS Jarrettsville
Topo Map: Gunpowder Falls State Park Topographic Map

Pace Options
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. This also allows us to offer a variety of hike paces and for this particular hike you have 3 to choose from which allows us to be put together with those of a similar pace. Paces should be not only based on your preference but also your ability needs to be taken into consideration.

Pace Option 1: A "walk in the woods" or "social" pace which is great for those who want to soak up the nature 2.0mph. This pace will be offered if we get a leader to volunteer to lead it. As of now, we only have a leader for option 2.
Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about[masked] mph (Pace of an average hiker)
PLEASE put your pace preference in your RSVP so we can plan accordingly

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine. Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.

Carpool Information
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 10:00 a.m.

Savage Carpool Time is 9:15 a.m.

Gear Information
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 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!


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  • Kathy H.

    Another great hike! Thanks to Kellie for organizing and Kirstopher for leading!

    April 28, 2013

  • Chris T

    Very beautiful hike. The description was right on.
    Thanks Kristopher .

    April 27, 2013

  • Alison

    As always a great hike lead by Kris and with friendly hikers along. Thank goodness there were no stream crossings this time.

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • gaslam

    I am driving from Arlington. If anyone is interesting in carpooling, please let me know.

    April 25, 2013

  • Alexis

    Pace 2

    April 25, 2013

  • Theresa S

    Should have put my number...if interested in carpooling from DC area, call me at[masked]-5781. I won't likely have internet access between now and then.

    April 25, 2013

  • Theresa S

    Planning to carpool from Savage, but am coming from DC area if anyone wants to share a ride from there.

    April 25, 2013

  • gaslam

    Pace 2

    April 25, 2013

  • Mary D.

    Pace 2

    April 22, 2013

Your organizer's refund policy for Gunpowder State Park: Pleasantville/Bottom Trails: A Moderate 5 Miles with Meal!

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 2 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: Full refund with no questions asked if your RSVP is changed PRIOR to 48 hours before the hike.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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