Gunpowder Falls State Park
2813 Jerusalem Road
Kingsville, MD 21087
|Dist. From Balto.:||25 Miles|
There are many miles of trails in the Hereford area, and
most seem open to dogs. Some trails start or finish in
developed areas of the park where dogs are not allowed.
The developed areas are generally those with picnic tables
and other structures. Signs are posted in these areas.|
A good loop trail can be accessed on the east side of York Rd. by the river. Take the Panther Branch Trail (blue blazes) which turns right from the trailhead and goes up into the woods. The trail takes a few jogs, so pay attention to the trail blazes. The trail eventually follows a small run and then parallels Panther Branch. The trail, and Panther Branch join up with Gunpowder Falls. At the trail junction with South Gunpowder Falls trail, turn left, and follow the trail upstream. The trail parallels the river with occasional jogs into the upper woodlands. Be careful that you don't accidentally end up on one of the many fishing access trails that follow the river. South Gunpowder trail ends at the starting place of the hike. The hike is ~4 miles.
Click here for a .pdf trail map of the Hereford area of Gunpowder Falls (224 Kb).
Gunpowder Falls SP is divided into
multiple sections that cover terrain from rolling river
valley to the Chesapeake Bay. The Hereford area of the park
(discussed here) is in the northwestern most section of the
park in the hills of northern Baltimore County.
Spring brings a wide variety of wildflowers including bloodroot, Dutchman's breeches, columbine, trout lily, and even showy orchis. On some parts of the trail you can see signs of beaver. Look for gnawed trees and stumps.
|Special Notes:||Despite its name, there are no real waterfalls on the river. "Falls" is a unique local name given to a number of rivers or streams in Maryland.|
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