What to do in Gunpowder Falls State Park

Gunpowder Falls State Park (16,000 acres in Harford and Baltimore Counties) was established to protect the stream valleys of the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls and the Gunpowder River, which begins at Days Cove where the Big and Little Gunpowders converge. A variety of topography exists in this long, narrow park, from sun-drenched tidal marshes and wetlands to shaded rugged slopes and with cold trout fishing streamlets.

Gunpowder Falls State Park encompasses more than 16,000 acres featuring more than 100 miles of trails, including the 21-mile Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCR). The park features excellent trout fishing opportunities, as well as other freshwater and tidal fishing areas. Park areas include Hereford Area, along York Road in Parkton; the NCR Trail which extends from Ashland to the Pennsylvania line; the Central Area which extends from Baldwin to Days Cove along both river valleys and includes the historic village of Jerusalem; the Hammerman Area which is located in Chase near the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Grace Quarters Road offering a swimming beach on the Gunpowder River; and Dundee Creek Marina, also located in Chase which offers boat launching, rowboat rental, fuel and a marina store.

Pets are prohibited at the Hammerman Area. They are permitted in other areas of the park, but they must be leashed at all times.

There is a $2 per person service charge 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 service charges may apply for services provided (pavilion rental, boat rental, participation in some programs and special events, etc.).

Gunpowder Falls State Park offers an accessible floating boat dock, picnic areas, NCR Trail, visitor center, youth group camping, path to swimming beach, beach bathhouse and day use pavilions.

Amenities and recreations available to the park visitor include biking trails, boat launch, boat rentals, cross-country skiing, interpretive programs, concessions, coldwater fishing, flatwater paddling, hiking trails, historic interest, hunting, picnicking, playgrounds, equestrian trails, picnic shelters, swimming, whitewater paddling, windsurfing, sailing lessons, and equipment rental.

The 16,000-acre park is off Interstate 83 north of Baltimore. The park headquarters is located in Kingsville along Jerusalem Road.

Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

P.O. Box 480
2813 Jerusalem Road
Kingsville, MD 21087

Phone: 410-592-2897

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