Gunpowder Falls State Park: Featuring Spectacular Gunpowder River Views -- Pleasantville! A Moderate 5 Mile Hike with Optional Post Hike Meal
Seasonal Note: There is a beach with a swimming hole right near the end of the hike (see photo near the bottom of this page)! After a hike on a hot day let's cool off with a dip in the Little Gunpowder River. Bring a bathing suit, towel, beach chair or beach blanket, and a picnic lunch and let's relax after the hike and continue the camaraderie and good times from the trail!
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 area could rival some I have driven much further when looking 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 border between Baltimore and Harford Counties. So when you're done hiking in one county you cross over and go hiking in the other. 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!
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 all 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: 4.5 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
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
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The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.
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Carpool Suggestions and Information
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Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
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Directions to the Trailhead
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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 — 9:15 a.m.
Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization,anddonations ARE tax deductible. Tax ID: [masked].
A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there
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