Waterfall Wednesday: Gunpowder Falls, Maryland

Ellen Matis

via Don Griswold on Flickr

Each week, Recreation News takes you to a new waterfall in the Mid-Atlantic. This week, see Gunpowder Falls State Park, Maryland.

via Don Griswold on Flickr
via Don Griswold on Flickr

State: Maryland

Harford County

Height: 25 feet

Established in 1959 to protect Gunpowder River and the Big and Little Gunpowder valleys, Gunpowder Falls State Park is now one of Maryland’s largest state parks.

More information: Today, Gunpowder Falls State Park is one of Maryland’s largest, encompassing more than 18,000 acres in Harford and Baltimore counties. Falling Branch Falls, or Kilgore Falls, is Maryland’s second-highest free-falling waterfall. There are miles of pet-friendly developed hiking trails in the parks, including paved trails, which provide easy access to some of the most scenic views.

How to get there:


Gunpowder Falls State Park is divided into six areas:

  • Hereford Area, located near York Road in Parkton, is ideal for hiking, fishing and canoeing/kayaking, and includes the popular Mill Pond Cottage.
  • Torrey C. Brown (TCB) Trail, a 21-mile rail-trail extending from Ashland to the Pennsylvania line.
  • Sweet Air Area, located near Baldwin, is popular among hikers and horseback riders.
  • Central Area, which extends from Baldwin to Days Cove along both the Big and Little Gunpowder valleys, is ideal for hiking. This area includes the Jerusalem Mill historic village.
  • Hammerman Area, located in Chase near the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Graces Quarters Road, offers picnicking, pavilions, playgrounds and a swimming beach.
  • Dundee Creek Marina, also located in Chase, offers boat launching, rowboat rental, fuel and a marina store. It is located near the Dundee Creek fishing area and archery range.

While you’re there:

Experience the best that northeastern Maryland has to offer as spring comes to Harford County, Md. Read more.

More information: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/gunpowder.aspx

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