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
State 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 an 18,000-acre (7,300 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[edit]

  • 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. Located along the trail in Sparks, Maryland, the Sparks Bank Nature Center 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, and is home to the historic Jerusalem Mill Village.[9]
  • Hammerman Area: The area has a swimming beach and non-motorized boat rentals.[10]
  • 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.[11]

See also[edit]

  • Joppa Iron Works, founded around 1817, on a site within the present day park's boundaries

References[edit]

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

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