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Beginner Friendly Night Hike along the Little Gunpowder Falls River from JM
I have been leading night hikes in the Gunpowder Park system for about five years. But the hikes have always been oriented toward experienced hikers. Hiking in the woods in pitch black with only your light to guide you is a cool experience and great exercise. To help share this fun with more people I am offering a weekly beginner-friendly night hike. The pace will be a little slower, the distance a little shorter and the trail a little simpler. Hopefully more will experience this interesting twist on being outdoors and join for the more challenging night hikes. Or just come to these weekly and make some great new friends. Here are the simplified rules: 1) You will need a light, preferably a head lamp but a good flashlight that can run for an hour or two is fine. 2) Please bring plenty of water. About a liter is probably fine. 3) Smile and have fun! Yes, it's dark and I can't see if you're smiling. But I can still tell! :) This hike is a 3 to 4.5 miles total hike following the Little Gunpowder Falls River from Jerusalem Mill to as far as Bel Air Road then back. The tallest hill climb is about 150 feet. The terrain is mostly beaten down dirt but there are a few patches with loose rocks. The total length will be determined by the group's desire and abilities. There are multiple routes we can take and i will tailor the exact paths to match what each night's group wants to do. We'll hike at about a 2.5 mph pace with short breaks at the tops of hills and about every half mile so the group stays together. This makes sure nobody gets lost and helps socializing. We will step off at 6:45PM. Dogs are welcome on this hike but they must be well behaved and on lead at all times. Long hiking pants are highly recommended! Water proof shoes or boots are also recommended. The group usually grabs dinner afterward at Tacos Tolteca, Texas Roadhouse or Sunshine Grill.

Jerusalem Mill Village

2813 Jerusalem Rd · Kingsville, MD

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This is a group for people in and around the state of Maryland who are looking to explore Gunpowder Falls State Park (located in Baltimore and Harford Counties) and participate in activities that highlight the special natural, cultural, historical and recreational opportunities that our park has to offer. Come join us!

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