Gunpowder Falls State Park
Kingsville, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: 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.

Location / Directions:

The park is in Harford and Baltimore Counties.

To Hammerman Area: From I-95 take exit 67A for Route 43 east (White Marsh Boulevard). Follow 43 to route 40 east. Turn right at the first light onto Ebenezer Road and follow it for 4.5 miles.

To Monkton Station (NCR Trail): From I-83N, take exit 27 and turn right on Mount Carmel Road. Turn right on York Road and make a quick left onto Monkton Road. Follow it until it crosses the NCR Trail. Monkton Station will be on your left. Limited parking.

To Jerusalem Mill (Central Area and Park Headquarters): From I-95 take exit 74 for Route 152 West (Mountain Road). Follow Mountain Road toward Fallston and turn left onto Jerusalem Road. Jerusalem Mill (2813 Jerusalem Road in Kingsville) will be on your left after 1.1 miles.

Address: Gunpowder Falls State Park
2813 Jerusalem Road
Kingsville, MD 21087
Visitor Phone: (410) 592-2897
Activities:

The Hereford area of the park includes fly fishing in the Big Gunpowder, in a special Catch and Return Area downstream from the Prettyboy Dam. Bowhunting opportunities are also available (permits may be obtained through park headquarters).

The NCR Trail is a 21 mile abandoned railroad bed makes an ideal surface for hikers, bikers and horseback riders. Points of natural and historic interest can be found along the way, including the restored Monkton Train Station, which serves as a museum, gift shop and Ranger Station to visitors on the NCR. The Sparks Bank Nature Center is also located on the NCR Trail.

Many miles of hiking trails traverse the Central area. The Big and Little Gunpowders are both stocked with trout in put-and-take fishing areas. Areas of special interest in the Central Area include: Sweet Air, approximately 1,250 acres and popular among equestrians; Sweathouse Branch Wildlands Area, featuring several loop trails prohibited to bicyclists through hardwood forest along the banks of the Big Gunpowder; and Jerusalem Village, a quaint historic village which is located on the banks of the Little Gunpowder Falls.

Jerusalem Village that includes several newly restored structures. Among these is the historic Jerusalem Mill, which not only houses the park headquarters, but also a small museum. The village also has a Blacksmith shop and gun factory, where gun stocks were crafted during the Revolutionary War. Visitors can also enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Little Gunpowder from the Mill to the Jerico Covered Bridge. The round-trip hike is less than one mile.

The Hammerman Area offers 1,500 feet of beach and swimming area on the banks of the Gunpowder River; the swimming area is supervised by lifeguards from Memorial Day to Labor Day; swimming permitted at your own risk when lifeguards are not on duty; Three picnic shelters are available for rental.

Biking Boat Access Camping Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Picnicking Swimming Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating 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.)
Visitor Facilities: Biking trails, boat launch, boat rentals, cross-country skiing, interpretive programs, food and beverages, fishing, flatwater canoeing, hiking trails, historic interest, hunting, picnicking, playgrounds, equestrian trails, picnic shelters, swimming, whitewater canoeing, and boardsailing lessons and equipment rental.
Size: 18,000 acres
Accessibility: Gunpowder Falls State Park offers an accessible floating boat dock, picnic areas, NCR Trail, visitors' center, youth group camping, path to swimming beach, beach bathhouse and day use pavilions.
Website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/gunpowder.html

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