Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

My friends and I decided to take on hiking this summer, and this was our first trail we picked!! we brought the puppies and all had a blast, absolutely beautiful hike!! pot rocks were super cool and the purple wildflowers were absolutely breath taking. will definitely be coming back to this one!!

hiking
21 days ago

This is a lovely trail. I'm very new to the nature walk/hiking scene. This trail was beautiful and pretty easy as long as you don't mind getting your feet wet with the many stream crossings. We found a very nice spot to eat lunch on the pot rocks. The trail is pretty well marked, but there were a couple of times we were unsure. I was impressed with the wildflowers here. All in all, it was a great trail for a beginner!

Great day and a great walk. Beech forest is lovely and down by the river the bluebells are blooming like mad. Stunningly beautiful.

hiking
26 days ago

Did this trail twice with my dogs. second time we encountered at least 6 dogs off leash. one attacked my little dachshund. We had to kick the dog off my dog to get it to stop. owner just stood there looking dumbfounded. We gave up and headed back when a second large dog off leash rushed us. on the way back a pitbull off leash tried to get to one of our dogs again, we picked him up before he could do anything. this is very unfortunate because it is a lovely trail but this experience was so horrifying I will never go back.

All/Trails has this area covered. If you don't have a GPS or a map you can really get confused via the mazes. Way to many trails named Yellow. Would be nice if the area was blazed. I took a chance that it wasn't going to rain and made the long drive. I like the trails here. Defined but not well maintained. I saw a few guys fishing. I didn't see anyone on the trails. ( A Very Quite Day ).

Very solid enjoyable loop that actually links several trails together. Good for hiking (saw many folks out with their dogs) but also good for trail running to rack up loops and miles. Heading clockwise, start on the Stocksdale Trail (blue blaze) along Gunpowder Falls. Keep left onto Sweathouse Trail (yellow blaze). A couple stream crossings with rocks and challenging elevation changes. Hang left at intersection to get back on Stocksdale Trail again (turn right to head back to the river). Turn left onto Wildlands Trail (pink/purple blaze) and follow that until you arrive back at trailhead.

The outer reaches of the loop are nice and removed; I encountered very few hikers/runners out that way. Stocksdale Trail along the river tends to get crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous, even in late winter. There was one tricky part around the forest loop where the trail is not clearly marked when you come to a river crossing and we did end up off the beaten path for about 5 minutes before finding it again. I would love to come back in the summer to see everything in full bloom. Cutting down to see pot rocks is a must. There are seats naturally eroded into the rocks where you can eat lunch. But speaking of that, something that did bother me was the amount of human trash I saw along the trail, which was disappointing.

For the most part I love this trail, very scenic and the cemetery is cool. The first few times I got pretty lost though, especially before I had this app. Trails generally aren't blazed. I take my dog, but if you do PLEASE be wary.. I've encountered aggressive off-leash dogs and even one man with 7 or 8 dogs, 4 off leash.

Fun trail with lots of smaller trails you can connect to. There's also a creepy underground room, an old family cemetery, and part of the foundation for the Merryman house if you want to explore at little. Only downside to this trail is people frequently let their dogs off leash despite the signs.

I really enjoyed this trail today. I did the uphill first and finished along the Gunpowder. Sections were definitely muddy, even away from the river, making some uphills a little slippery. I also found some of the river crossings a little confusing, they could be better marked in that direction. It was moderately crowded on a lovely Saturday, moreso on the Gunpowder section of the trail. Every dog we passed was properly leashed, which was very nice.

1/10/18

The weather is finally above freezing after last week's arctic temps. The trail was easy to walk. The sun was out shining down the path. The birds out singing their morning praises loud and proud, flying in formation. The water is trying to unfreeze and or a fish is letting out air bubbles. It sounds like an echo of a bellow as it moves it's energy to the edges to break the ice. Almost like a video game lol! The beauty and sounds in nature can only try and be explained. Come experience it!

nice hoke through the woods. a couple stream crossings as well

Great in the fall

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike with beautiful leaves changing colors. Definitely recommend a backpack carrier for any little ones because some of the paths get pretty narrow and there are multiple streams to cross on rocks.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked this trail with a friend. I have it clocked at closer to 5.75 miles than 4.1 according to the Fitbit. Beautiful views of the water, plenty of places to stop for photos and walk out on the rocks. The Lost Pond Loop is very nice (we didn’t see an actual pond) and takes you deeper into the woods. Note, the second half of the Lost Pond Loop is overgrown, and single person only. Lots of sticky plants so be careful. Also note there are several stream crossings on this trail. Overall we still really enjoyed the trail. Hiked in autumn with beautiful changing leaves.

6 months ago

Was beautiful scenery, enjoyed it with friends

hiking
6 months ago

Great after work hike. Nice views of the river. So some ducks and deer.

mountain biking
6 months ago

A nice single track trail that runs along the river as well as up into farm land and fields. It is not as scenic as some of the other Gunpowder trails. There used to be a single track that branched off past the picnic area and ran closer to the river. It has been closed due to safety concerns. In the first mile there is a water crossing that requires a dismount and there are some tight switchbacks, but otherwise it is not too difficult.

mountain biking
6 months ago

This is a simple but very scenic trail along the Little Gunpowder. It is on the opposite bank of the white blazed trail, but it is still an approved trail with an official trailhead. It is a narrow single track trail that runs alongside the river. It has now been expanded to include a full loop that mirrors the quarry trail on the other side of the river. That portion of the trail begins where this one ends at Route 1. You can either turn around or take the loop. The loop has a lot of rocky sections with boulders that will require all but advanced riders to dismount. It runs up into the forest and has nice elevation changes.

mountain biking
7 months ago

I am an intermediate rider who does not enjoy trails with lots of rock piles and boulders, particularly if they require you to dismount. The little gunpowder trail on the white blazed side of the water is quite rocky. From the entrance to the quarry trail branch point, there are a number of minor water crossings that are strictly rock piles. I attempted to take the quarry trail, but the elevation is too steep and rocky. Perhaps an advanced rider could tackle it, but not me. Returned to the main trail, which is a mostly nice ride with lots of roots and a few more rocky sections. I found the little gunpowder trail and loop on the far side of the water to be much more enjoyable.

mountain biking
7 months ago

There is an unmarked but well maintained trail on the other side of the little gunpowder. The parking lot and trail head is less than a mile north of the quarry trail lot on the right side of the street. This trail is an official trail but it is basically unmarked. Fortunately it is well maintained and easy to follow. The section of the trail along the falls between Harford and Belair roads is easy. A beginner could ride it, but it has a few challenging narrow switchbacks. Once you hit Belair road, the trail becomes much more difficult, definitely not for beginners. There is quite a bit of elevation and the narrow trails has many boulders and rock piles. It goes deep into the forest and is a fun ride, if you don't mind having to dismount a few times.

Pleasant stroll in the woods. Trail well maintained.

Very nice hike! Not jogging stroller compatible, recommend a backpack carrier there are a lot of rocks and roots.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a nice trail for families if you cut it a bit short. I hike here with my 2yo daughter and she enjoys it. we hike out to the large rocks about a mile or so out and have lunch sitting on the rocks (they are on the right just past the trail split for lost pond loop) then we hike back. Its a good distance for her she just starts to get tired and wants to be picked up when we get back to the car. Lots of young adults use this trail most of the summer so it tends to get littered with beer bottles and trash, i take a couple bags and a day pack and try to clean up some as we hike. If everybody did we could keep this trail relatively clean.

Laid back and fairly easy.

Pretty good trail. Dogs loved going in and out of the river. A bit crowded today.

This was a really nice walk but when we went it was very muddy resulting in a couple of falls. The reason why this is a four and not a five is because the trail had a lot of horse crap on it. So while avoiding mud we also had to avoid horse crap and hope we didn't fall into it. Lots of little trails heading down towards the stream. Definitely not a jogging stroller trail and I'd recommended a backpack style carrier for babies and small kids. There are a lot of roots and two small streams with rocks you have to cross so you really need to be able to see your feet.

This a wonderful trail for spotting mushrooms and wildlife. The view from the overlook is stunning. Was a nice workout but not too hard to get in as a day trip while carrying a toddler. One of my favorite trails in the area.

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