Gunpowder Falls State Park

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Gunpowder Falls State Park

Maryland

(410) 592-2897

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Overview

There are more than 100 miles of trails, including the 21 mile Northern Central Railroad (NCR) Trail, now known as the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail in honor of Maryland's third Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary. The park features excellent trout fishing opportunities, as well as other freshwater and tidal fishing areas. Park areas include Hereford Area, along York Rd. in Parkton; the Torrey C. Brown 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 and offers 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.

Map of Gunpowder Falls (MD)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.447594, -76.460037

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Activities

  • Boating

    Dundee Creek Marina is located in the Chase Community of Eastern Baltimore County. The marina is located on Dundee Creek, which is off the mouth of the Gunpowder River. The marina offers a number of amenities to the slip holders and the boating public, including premium gas sales, sewage pump out, boat accessories, bait, fishing tackle, ice, packaged foods, gifts, fishing licenses and boat rentals.

  • Bicycling

    There are a various amount of different trails with different terrains. Paths are usually shared with hikers and equestrians. There are more than 100 miles of trails, including the 21 mile Northern Central Railroad (NCR) Trail, now known as the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail in honor of Maryland's third Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary.

  • Fishing

    A nationally renowned blue-ribbon trout stream, the Big Gunpowder Falls is managed by Maryland DNR from Prettyboy Dam to Blue Mount Road as a special trout management area for catch and release with artificial lures only. A Maryland Non-Tidal Fishing License and a trout stamp is required for anyone 16 years-of-age or older. For more information, visit the Maryland DNR Fisheries website.

  • Hiking

    The park offers different trails with different terrains. Paths are usually shared with bikers and equestrians. There are more than 100 miles of trails, including the 21 mile Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail in honor of Maryland's third Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary.

  • Historic Sites

    At Torrey C. Brown Trail Trail 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. The 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 is also located on the Trail. The Nature Center is open on summer weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is available to school groups on request.

    Jerusalem Mill Historic Village, located on the banks of the Little Gunpowder Falls is a quaint historic village includes several newly restored structures. Among these is the historic Jerusalem Mill, which houses the park headquarters and 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 museum, staffed completely by volunteers, is open on weekends. The park offices are located on the second floor of the Jerusalem Mill, and are open Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Horseback Riding

    There are a various amount of different trails with different terrains. Paths are usually shared with hikers and bikers. There are more than 100 miles of trails, including the 21 mile Northern Central Railroad (NCR) Trail, now known as the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail in honor of Maryland's third Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary.

  • Hunting

    Bowhunting opportunities are also available (permits may be obtained through park headquarters).

  • Picnicking

    The Hammerman Area offers four picnic shelters for rental. The area also has a food concession, picnic tables and grills.

  • Water Sports

    People enjoy swimming and windsurfing at the Hammerman area beach.

Directions

Driving

To Hammerman (swimming beach): From I-95 take exit 67A for Route 43 east (White Marsh Boulevard). Follow 43 to route 40 east. After turning onto Route 40, turn right at the first light onto Ebenezer Road and follow it for 4.5 miles. The park entrance will be on your left. The physical address is 7200 Graces Quarters, Chase, MD 21027

To Jerusalem Mill (park headquarters): From I-95 take exit 74 for Route 152 West (Mountain Road). Follow Mountain Road toward Fallston and after about two miles, turn left onto Jerusalem Road (it's the first left after Singer Road). Jerusalem Mill will be on your left after 1.1 miles. Parking is in the lot on the right, just before the mill. The physical address is 2813 Jerusalem Road, Kingsville, MD 21087

To Monkton Station: 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. Go about for miles, where the road crosses the TCB (formerly NCR) Trail. Monkton Station will be on your left. Limited parking. Call the park or see the website for parking options on the TCB. The physical address is 1820 Monkton Road, Monkton, MD 21111

To Sparks Bank Nature Center: From I-83N take exit 24 (Belfast Road). Turn right onto Belfast Road. Turn right onto York Road (Route 45). Take your second left onto Sparks Road. Follow it until it crosses the TCB (formerly NCR) Trail. Sparks Bank Nature Center will be on your right. Limited parking. The physical address is 1207 Sparks Road, Sparks, MD 21152

Central Area (Belair Road) From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), take U. S. 1 (Belair Road) north seven miles until you cross over the Big Gunpowder Falls. The parking lot will be on your right immediately following the bridge across the falls.

Dundee Creek Marina 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. Go past the Hammerman entrance, and enter the marina on the right. The physical address is 7400 Graces Quarters, Chase, MD 21027. To visit the fishing area, continue straight and veer to the right and follow the road until it deadends.

Hereford Area From I-83 N, take exit 27 and turn right on Mt. Carmel Road. At traffic light, turn left onto York Road. Pass Hereford High School and turn left onto Bunker Hill Road. Continue on Bunker Hill Road to parking lot, located above the river.

Sweet Air Area Take I-95 north. Take exit 74 onto Route 152 toward Fallston. Follow it for 10 miles. Turn left onto Route 165 south. Take first right onto Greene Road, right onto Moores Road and left onto Dalton Bevard Road. The parking lot is at the top of the hill. The physical address is 2840 Dalton Bevard Road, Baldwin, MD 21013.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(410) 592-2897

Campground reservations

(888) 432-2267

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