Gunpowder Falls State Park

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Coordinates: 39°21′45″N 76°20′33″W / 39.36250°N 76.34250°W / 39.36250; -76.34250
Gunpowder Falls State Park
Maryland State Park
Jerusalem Mill Dec 09.JPG
Park headquarters at Jerusalem Mill Village
Country United States
State Maryland
Counties Baltimore, Harford
Elevation 43 ft (13 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°21′45″N 76°20′33″W / 39.36250°N 76.34250°W / 39.36250; -76.34250 [1]
Area 14,774 acres (5,979 ha) [2]
 - Wildlands 3,872 acres (1,567 ha) [2]
Established 1959 [3]
Management Maryland Department of Natural Resources
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location in Maryland
Website: Gunpowder Falls State Park

Gunpowder Falls State Park is a 15,000-acre (6,100 ha) Maryland state park comprising several non-contiguous recreational areas in northeastern Baltimore County and western Harford County. It is primarily made up of the stream valleys of the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls and the Gunpowder River. The park has over 100 miles of trails with natural features ranging from tidal marshes to rugged interior slopes. Park areas can be found off various exits from I-83, I-695, and I-95.

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park's wide ranging terrains provide facilities for picnicking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, tubing, canoeing and kayaking, tide-water fishing and crabbing, fly fishing,[4] and hunting among other activities.

Park areas
  • Hereford Area: Located on the Prettyboy Reservoir, the Hereford section of the park is an official wildlands area with hiking and horseback trails, kayaking and canoeing, and trout fishing.[5] Accommodations are offered at the Mill Pond Cottage.[6]
  • Sweet Air Area: The area offers 18 miles (29 km) of multi-use trails along the Little Gunpowder Falls on the border between Baltimore and Harford counties.[7]
  • Torrey C. Brown Trail: The 21-mile (34 km) trail extends north from Ashland (near Cockeysville) to the Pennsylvania state line. The Sparks Bank Nature Center is located along the trail in Sparks, Maryland, and has interpretive displays and family activities.[8]
  • Central Area: The area borders the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls, features multi-use trails, fishing, and river paddling. The area is home to the historic Jerusalem Mill Village[9] and includes the site of the 19th-century Joppa Iron Works.[10]
  • Hammerman Area: The area has a swimming beach and non-motorized boat rentals.[11]
  • Dundee Creek Marina: Located on Dundee Creek, near the mouth of the Gunpowder River, the marina's services include slip leases, boat rentals, and a marina store.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gunpowder State Park". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "FY2013 DNR Owned Lands Acreage Report". Maryland DNR. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gunpowder Falls State Park". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Gunpowder River Fly Fishing". Great Feathers. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Gunpowder Falls State Park: Hereford Area". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Mill Pond Cottage". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Gunpowder Falls State Park: Sweet Air Area". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Gunpowder Falls State Park: Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gunpowder Falls State Park: Central Area". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Gunpowder Falls State Park: Central Area Map". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Gunpowder Falls State Park: Hammerman Area". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Gunpowder Falls State Park: Dundee Creek Marina". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 

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