Explore the most popular trail running trails in Gunpowder Falls State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
8 days ago

Very enjoyable hike, not strenuous but there are some hills to traverse.

hiking
1 month ago

The first mile up to the pot rocks is easy and offered a few fun side views for my family and I to take pictures of like a the tree with a huge hole in it, a fallen tree we practiced climbing over, and a mini climb up to an interesting rock.

The pot rocks were great fun! We stayed for about and hour and saw a handful of people during that time. Afterwards we packed up and headed to the overlook and continued the hike. My dad turned back at this point and it was a good thing because the next four miles would have been too much.

Almost as soon as you pass the overlook, the path becomes covered with fallen trees. It’s easy enough to spot the next trail blaze across the trees and navigate over them. We had a leashes beagle and he did well on this part. Once we got to the half way mark of the trail the path disappeared. We ended up wandering around for a bit before my cousin went ahead and crossed a fallen tree over a stream and found the blue blazes. We crossed too and my cousin carried our dog over.

After this point up until we reached the pot rocks again the trail was very overgrown but at least we saw some trail markers, although some of them were faded.

We definitely got a lot of adventure—more than we thought we would and enjoyed ourselves greatly! It was a challenge with the trail being unkept but fun.

There is a lot of trash leading up to the pot rocks so if you are only going to the pot rocks bring a trash bag to take some with you.

I would definitely go again, even with the trail being the way it is.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice hike through forest and along shoreline. There are many side trails so make sure to have a map. Definitely would recommend the wooded areas and the southern portion. The northern part has a road and along the shoreline was more overgrown.

Good difficulty and length! Parking was extremely limited, but we happened to be lucky. I could see it being frustrating if you didn't get one of the ~6 spots right next to the trailhead (as it's marked on this map - there are several spots along the road where you can hop on here).

Good flexibility in terms of being able to add & cut some loops along the way - just nothing spectacular here, though it's also far from boring. My experience was also a bit colored because I was stung by a bee at snacktime...watch where you're kicking around under larger rocks. My girlfriend did find some pretty uncommon mushrooms if you're into that sort of thing!

Quiet, and beautiful. Loved the hike and variations of scenery. was super lush and the smells were amazing during our misty spring hike.

Trees are down where the loop starts pass overlook rock...

Not sure why this is not rated better. Less crowded than Big and Little Gunpowder near Route 1. Some tree fall here and there but otherwise well maintained. Nice variety of wooded habitats. Saw heaps of different fungi after the rainy summer. Yes, I-95 is “loud” for a portion of the loop section but the Little Gunpowder is still beautiful. I liked the trail better than the previous two I mentioned. Maybe because I didn’t see any other people the whole trip. Some steep areas in the profile but so worth it- felt like I found a hidden gem!

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is not well marked or maintained. There was lots of trash and spider webs every few steps...would not recommend

Great trail! We went off the trail for a while due to unmarked pathways, and found it interestingly challenging but manageable. We eventually merged with Merryman’s Mill loop.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail along the waters edge is quite rocky. - Lots of roots to trip over in that section too. - All the trails in this area are not marked very well so carry a backup map and be sure to use your All/Trails App. - To many Yellow trails. - If you are coming on a weekend, go early or late because parking is limited. -- The trails are well defined but not much maintenance is being done here. – Very overgrown so beware of Ticks. No access to drinking water so be sure to carry plenty. If you get it from the upper stream it’s best to Filter it. Better save then sorry.

Second half of the loop was completely impassable. Poor maintenance throughout. some scenic views but unfortunately lots of trash as well. Should be rated moderate as well especially for the second half.

Muddy and busy. Too many muscle heads wearing weighted vests trying to rough it on the few easy inclines. The river is pretty and there are some nice paths thru green forests. Better off going elsewhere.

This was my inaugural trail with AllTrails app, and I was so happy I had it. Is a beautiful setting, forested, lightly used trail, but the trail wasn’t marked well. There was a dried up water way that looked like the trail so we followed it. Thankfully, my map on AllTrails showed me how far off we were. We back tracked and kept going. You can hear beautiful song birds and see wildlife. I had my 3yo with me and I thought it was easy enough for him to do most of the time.

Really beautiful trail but warning if you are trying it in July 2018 because all the rain we got has made the trail really muddy. Also I had to turn around about only a mile in because of a down tree blocking the trail. Will definitely come back during a drier time. Happy hiking!

Ran this loop along with a loop combining the Gunpowder South and Mingo Forks Trails on the opposite side of York Rd for 50k training.

Tl;dr: a challenging loop with scenic runs along a creek and up and down ridges and then along the Gunpowder River, which is very scenic. Mostly well-marked, save for end of Panther near junction with Gunpowder South. Very overgrown in parts, so think about doing this one in the fall and winter.

Details: The trailhead is down a hill on the right and across a small gulley. You'll see the post. You can go either way, of course; for this review, I went counter-clockwise.

The Panther Trail is marked blue and well-blazed, including turns. It begins with a good climb up the ridge and takes you away from the sounds of I-83. For much of this loop, you can't hear the traffic (although in the winter, with less vegetation to absorb sound, that might not be the case). The trailruns up and down some smaller ridges and then descends and then runs along a creek for a ways before climbing once more up a ridge and then down toward the river to meet the Gunpowder South Trail. The descent here is tricky, as the trail is fairly terrible in parts (not even single track) and all of it is overgrown. Some trail work is needed here to improve this section.

There is a post marking the trail junction. Turn left to head along the river to complete the loop. The Gunpowder South Trail is blazed white and this trail is marked fine, but less well than Panther. Which is OK, since it's really you're only option and as long as the river is on your right, you're fine. But large portions of this trail are heavily overgrown. To the point where you can't see the trail. And portions run right up to the river; one slip and you're getting wet. Those sections tend to go right over large rocks or climb up big tree roots, so that is not ideal. Again, some trail work to re-route the trail slightly here would make this part much more enjoyable.

But this trail is largely flat, given its route, and only ascends when it turns inland. You'll climb one big ridge and then head downhill back to the trailhead.

on Lost Pond Trail

hiking
2 months ago

This was a pretty fun hike despite all the rain that day (actually made it feel a bit more exciting). There were plenty of scenic views of the river and pot rocks. Saw some cute frogs hopping around. Unfortunately there was trash in various parts of the trial: towels, beer cans and even underwear. Also coming back from the mid-point of the trail, it started looking like a jungle with all the overgrowth, and the trail started becoming difficult to see. Definitely would've gotten lost if it was dark out.

trail running
2 months ago

I started at the Dulaney Valley Rd trailhead and ran to Warren Rd, then back. As others have said, these trails are not well marked and it's tough to find where the trail continues when you get to clearings under the power lines. The portions closest to the reservoir shoreline are very overgrown. An app or GPS is a must.

But, that means you generally will have the trail to yourself. I was out mid-morning on a Sunday and saw only a handful of people.

This was a really great hike. It wasn't very challenging but if you aren't paying really good attention than you may have a problem as you go on three different trails. We did the longest part of the trail through the uphills first and then went to the swimming hole to relax, have lunch, and cool down in the water before finishing the trail; which was a nice easy flat trail all the way back to the parking lot. I would say get here early as there seemed to be a lot of people coming in as we were leaving around 1:30. Up until then though the trail was really quiet and beautiful.

on Sweet Air Loop

trail running
3 months ago

Great location for trail running.
Many trails, they can get confusing.
Park is very well maintained. Always clean and freshly mowed. The trails do have some erosion and exposed roots. Run carefully. Lots of hills of varying elevations and some nice flat stretches.
All in all a great place for hiking, biking, running, and horseback riding.

Awesome trail. Lots to look at!

Great hike took my sister and our dogs. My lab loved the access to the river and the trees provide amazing shade for a cool walk. Fantastic Day!

Awesome trail. Get there early for parking though.

My dogs and I love this hike and visit it often.

An okay hike. Best part includes great views of the river. Worst is hiking near I-95 and the related noise. But, that does not last too long.

hiking
3 months ago

4th of July:
Quick 1-mile loop after a meal and a movie before nighttime fireworks. Great trail, it’s marked, and will definitely return to do the whole thing!

hiking
3 months ago

I’ve been to Gunpowder more times than I can count but never completed the lost pond loop. The pot rocks are a must see on this hike. Make sure you bring some swimming gear for this relaxing swim spot! I mostly liked this trail as a whole. Unfortunately when you get to the point where you loop to head back (near 95) the trail is not well marked and was super over grown. I would say we spent a good 45 minutes walking through this overgrown path. My poor pup had many thorns embedded in his fur. However the views of the gunpowder are very pretty and makeup for this part! The other unfortunate part is since the pot rocks are such a popular swimming spot there is A LOT of human trash on this trail. This made me very sad as it is such a beautiful place. Please remember to pack out what you bring with you!

Pretty solid trail

Only did the loop portion, it’s about 2.5 miles. My dog and I enjoyed the hike though you can hear the cars on 95 and I like a more quiet forest setting.

trail running
4 months ago

Flat, open road for running at pace. Some foot and bike traffic, but plenty of room for all. Very scenic and shaded throughout. Porta-potties! ample parking at numerous spots along the route.

trail running
4 months ago

Beautiful old growth forest. It doesn’t drain well and is overgrown with brush in tighter sections. More of an obstacle course in places than pace running. Pretty isolated, but convenient to Towson. Parking alongside road on Seminary.

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