Gunpowder Falls State Park: Jerusalem Village Hike Featuring Jericho Covered Bridge and Others Historical Sites! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 5 Mile Trek
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.
This is an opportunity to walk back in time through the hills surrounding the historic Jerusalem Village. This village is one of the many water-powered mill sites that bordered the Little Gunpowder Falls, just like those on the Big Gunpowder Falls. However, this site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is unusual because it has so many remaining structures from its earlier days. The trail leaves from the edge of the woods behind the blacksmith shop and soon enters the former millrace, which supplied water to power the water wheels of Jerusalem Mill. While in the millrace, look for some stone or concrete foundations that formed the sides of the "waste gate" where excess water was released back into the stream. Enjoy views of a farm field, where the millrace widens as it enters the former ice pond site. When the trail rejoins the stream bank, look for the foundations of the old millpond dam and the head of the millrace.
Other historic buildings in the village include a blacksmith shop, gun shop, country store, a tenant home, and mansion. The beginning of the trail heads by the former millrace for Jerusalem Mill and visits remnants of the former millpond dam, waste gate, and other stone structures.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kingsville, MD (Baltimore Vicinity)
Length: 5 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.
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
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Savage Station — 9:00 a.m.
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