Great spots along the river and good bouldering cliffs. Very overgrown at beginning of trailhead (poison ivy)

Some parts of the trail were hard to make out. We didn’t see a waterfall or mill. I would never take my dog on this trail.

Finished out the north trail today. I was trail running nicely until I found myself on the wrong side of GP Falls, which is unmaintained and filled with briars. There was also a lot of blowdown (see my recording). I almost grinded to a halt when I got to the point of scrambling rock and going off course between miles 4-5.

In the end, I'm chalking it up as a getting-to-know-you outing because the bridge to the other side is dismantled; its not there. I river crossed, but later found I didn't have to do that. There is an alternate way. Like I said, "getting to know". But, it still turned out to be a good outing.

This is a fantastic trail with remnants of a paper mill and small graveyard. There are two actual trails that take you to the same spot. A place my friends all call Paradise. The longer trail is flanked by trees on each side and is a easy hike. The other trail back is a little more difficult and don’t take a dog on that trail. Certain spots require 3 points of contact. Anyway this trail ranks in my top 5 for this area of Baltimore county. Give it a try and there’s a beautiful surprise at the end. Oh and if you like to forage for edible plants, there area bounty of them there to try. If you know what you’re doing.

Be prepared for fading blazes at super low frequency — you may not see a blaze for 200 yards. Running this course is like a steeplechase, with many fallen trees and logs. Actually I used Mark Hatfield’s recorded course — I don’t know this person but I used his trek to get a run in before sunset (~8:00 pm according to the forecast). Looking at Mark’s elevation profile, I ran the Gunpowder Falls loop in the opposite, clockwise direction. The waypoints on my recording reflect this. Thanks Mark for posting your recorded trek.

About this run. What a workout! A lot of elevation gain and loss, and log jumping along the way. Some of the turns are hard to pick up, so I placed waypoints at just about every one of those turns. If you use my trek, the waypoints may be helpful, because having to label these turning points slowed me down more than I wanted to. There are stream crossings, and several tight corners that are more for hiking and are simply not runnable. Saw two deer which light bulbed me about ticks. In mid-spring, everything is starting to thrive, so make sure you are well covered in repellent if wearing shorts.

All in all, a rigorous outing (not too hard) with the biggest issue being fading blazes few and far in between. I will be returning. 4 Stars!

What I hiked looked nothing like these pictures (think much more boring). I followed the directions to get to the trail head, and I started walking down where the coords said it was, but it just dead ended at a little solar powered apparatus of some sort. So I walked back up to the road, and I walked up the "fire road" on the other side of the bridge. After walking along the creek for a while the path went pretty far up the hill to the left and then forked. I decided to go right, back down towards the water. I followed that for a while until it narrowed and I came across a Canadian Goose nesting which was pretty cool. Not even sure the trail continued at that point but I kept following the creek and after 2 miles eventually came out across from a rodeo. At that point I decided I'd been hiking for too far to be on the right path and something wasn't right, so I turned around and went back to my car. Besides the goose, I saw some cool wildflowers and a herd of deer drinking at the creek but I could easily have done essentially the same hike, without going so far away (hour and a half drive for me). Never did see any waterfalls. I guess if you're local to the area it's nice, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go back. All in all a nice basic Earth Day hike.

Great Hike; however, the bridge that's currently listed as the connecting point of the two loops is no longer there. There is a trail off of the road in between the bathrooms and the parking lot that will take you to the Masrmore Rd Bridge that can take you to the other loop.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is tricky because it isn’t marked, but you have the river to follow. I don’t think we did the full trail because we seemed to hit a dead end where we would need to cross a branch of the river and get very wet (horses appear to cross there though). We saw many frogs and they were noisy. :)

Nice trails, although it was still muddy from snow melt. Scenic river views and nice gentle slopes. Some trail splits were unclear, but generally the trails were well marked. Ended up only completing the South loop because of rain coming in. Overall, it was a good hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail. Needs to be marked more clearly though!!
We ended up off trail and "lost" for quite a bit of time.Thankfully we could hear the traffic on 83 so it helped us know what direction to walk.

Great place to hike and birdwatch. My favorite place to be in late spring

This is a nice trail and close to home. It’s actually two trails to make the loop. It’s very well-maintained. The only reason I gave it four stars is that if you were looking to get away from sounds of the highway this would not be the trail for you.

trail running
9 months ago

As already commented, it's a very nice trail but very poorly marked. Some of the stream crossings are unfeasible by foot. In some, there were horse tracks; at least for some part of the trail, it's clearly better for riding.

ok trails... hiked from Masemore Rd to the dam and back. good amount of technical rock. not well maintained. wear breathable long sleeves and pants. discovered a yellow jacket nest 10 minutes from falls road. beautiful view when atop the dam.

Amazing views. Tranquil. One of the best trails I've been on in a long time.

Great workout in the woods. Approximately 2 hours. At some locations, all you could hear was the forest and the gurgling stream. Therapeutic!

Beautiful trail, but poorly marked. I took a picture of the start of the trail by the bridge. I met another person who found this place on AllTrails, but he took a different trail. It's a fairly difficult trail with some stream crossings and overgrown patches.

Great little hike. We stepped off around 10:30am on a beautiful, late summer day and were surprised by how few others we passed. The trail offers a good mix of scenery, elevation gains followed by stretches of flat trail.. we even came across a herd of cattle near the end. Not sure where we lost the extra .5mi (description mentions 4.4mi, we did 3.9) as I don't think we took any shortcuts, but it didn't matter. We were content at the end :)

Beautiful and fun!

This was a beautiful trail with rugged and diverse terrain. We started at the parking area off of Bunker Hill Rd. Then followed GP South to Highland. When Highland met back with South we continued on to Prettyboy Dam. We followed South all the way back, climbing rocks and fallen trees and navigating dense vegetation but still finding the blazes. We crossed over to GP North at Masemore Rd on our way back. North was pretty lackluster after the beauty and interest on the way out, though. The most exciting part was traversing the water, because we did not notice before setting out that the BRIDGE NO LONGER EXISTS to get from GP North back across to Bunker Hill.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike.

This trail is beautiful, especially on the section just south of Walker Run. Be careful for slick, mossy rocks. I didn't have much trouble sticking to the trail because the river provides a good reference. Crossing the Gunpowder Falls before returning to Gunpowder Rd. is a little challenging if you're trying to stay dry. I needed to step on a few submerged rocks to make the crossing.

Hey All,

I live on one of those border properties people mention in their reviews. Thanks for keeping the area clean and pristine. If you ever see a German Shephard full of energy running around, she's nice as can be and wouldn't hurt a fly (just might play too hard) - sometimes she just roams a little too far! Her name is Stella and loves a good stick toss into the water. Feel free to play with her or tell her to go home.

Thanks again

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Beautiful trail along the river but this isn't an easy stroll. Trail is unmarked.

horseback riding
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Where can horse trailers be parked for day use of these trails?

The trails were awesome and it's so pretty, but my fiancé and I found six ticks on us after we left. Hopefully we don't find more later ....

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Overall nice area, just not well maintained during early spring I guess. A lot of properties connect to the trails so you end up in back yards if you aren't careful.

Very nice views, but VERY difficult to follow. Multiple crossings if you want to complete. Goes along road also.

Really enjoyed this trail system. They could be marked better and the parking lots should have full trail maps posted with "You Are Here" markers, but otherwise really good trails. It gets technical the close you get to the Prettyboy Reservoir Dam, but worth the time.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Trail was not very well marked and parts were impassable. Overall good hike though, nice scenery and interesting history surrounding the Hoffman burial ground.

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