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Home > Visit a Gateway > Gunpowder Falls State Park
Gunpowder Falls State Park - Kingsville, MD
Gunpowder Falls State Park
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Gunpowder Falls State Park protects the stream valleys of the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls and the Gunpowder River, a western shore tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The long, narrow 16,000 acre park ranges from tidal marshes and wetlands near the Bay to steep, rugged slopes many miles upstream. The park consists of several areas:
  • The Hereford Area is the farthest north, near the MD/PA line
  • The 21 mile Northern Central Railroad Trail extends from Ashland to the state line
  • The Central Area extends from Baldwin to Days Cove along both river valleys and includes the historic village of Jerusalem
  • The Hammerman Area is near the confluence with the Chesapeake.

Over 100 miles of trails in the park give visitors the chance to experience a Bay tributary watershed from one end to the other. Since Gunpowder Falls State Park is so large, in order to get the most out of your visit be sure to obtain the appropriate maps, as they provide a lot of helpful information. Maps of specific park areas are available at park headquarters at Jerusalem Mill.

Hours:

Hammerman and Dundee Creek Marina: Hammerman is open year around; summer hours are 8 am to sunset; all other times, the area is open from 10 am to sunset; for the latest on tide conditions or marina hours, call 410-335-9390.

NCR Trail: Monkton Station is open Wednesday through Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day; the station is also open on weekends in the spring and fall; the Sparks Bank Nature Center on the NCR Trail is open on weekends from 1 pm to 3 pm and is available to school groups on request.

Central Area - Jerusalem Mill: The Jerusalem Mill Museum is open on weekends from 1 pm to 4 pm and is also available by special request; park offices located on the second floor of the Jerusalem Mill and are open Monday - Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm.

Fees: There is a $2 per person fee at the Hammerman Area. Children in car seats and senior citizens (62 and over) are free. There is a $5 launch fee at the Dundee Creek Marina. Various other fees may apply for certain services (pavilion rental, boat rental, participation in some programs and special events, etc.)
For more information about Gunpowder Falls State Park call (410) 592-2897 or visit the following website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/gunpowder.html.

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