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Great views. Love the shade trees.

It is not an easy trail. Every rocky , must be careful. We only went as far as the Washington monument

As a lot of others have mentioned, the trail starts near a major highway which is loud and not that pretty but the rest of the trail is greats and the view at the rocks is pretty nice, too.

hiking
17 hours 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!

gorgeous. plain and simple

hiking
23 hours ago

The first incline was challenging. Crossed a few streams, trail is rocky and sometimes loose and muddy. $5/person to get into the park. Bring bug spray and have fun. A nice trail.

Nice trail. Lots of good views at the water!

hiking
23 hours ago

fantastic hike. well marked. lots of side trail options. the fam and I tromped around for about 5 hours. while there were other hikers on the way, most of the day hikers hike along over to the falls then along the C&O Canal towpath. I've never seen so many old oak trees in one area before. really had a great hike.

This is a trail around an old quarry that runs through a community. Mostly along traffic roads, on sidewalks. Views are limited by the trail running behind condos that sit on the lake.

There is a shopping center for Starbucks if that’s your thing...

There isn’t anything to see on the Junction Trail of note and it borders a loud highway.

Not much in the Gambrill Trail. A couple of signs, but it is pretty. The area by the river was too muddy to get close to it.

By far my best local hike! The view at the top is worth every bit of incline! Pack a picnic in your backpack and relax on the cliffs!

I always enjoy this park. Mine park and trails are still closed due to the big flood in Ellicott City. Today, the marsh section was flooded but I worked my way through the section. Only about an inch of water. Most all the other trails were fine except for a few small areas. Little mud but no water. The only section I don't like is the road walk back. No Shade. I have the area worked out so I can do 3 or 4 mile loops. The Beach was crowded when I passed through.

hiking
1 day ago

Had a nice, uncrowded afternoon hike with my husband on a weekday. Enjoyed taking a few detours from Switchback to enjoy more of the river. Recent rains and flooding made for some squishy parts, but not enough to be frustrating. The rapids were REALLY rapid, I was glad I didn't have any kids to keep an eye on with the river being so swollen and wild. Fun wildlife, lots of songbirds, a snake sunning on some rocks, and a great blue heron that stayed opposite us on the river bank for over an hour as we sat to enjoy the waterfall. All in all a nice hike. Pro tip: grab a paper map and take note of your orientation compared to the river, railroad, or road and you'll have a good idea of your exact placement on the trails if you're scouting a particular route.

Pretty solid trail

The hike had some nice views but it was really just great for wildlife. We stumbled upon deer, squirrels, multiples species of birds, and plenty of wildflowers with multiple butterfly species and bumblebees. Really lively hike.

walking
1 day ago

It’s great there’s a lot to do there’s rides there’s a lot of food and it’s something to do and what’s really cool the boardwalk is right on the beach I like it because there’s things to do popcorn candy cotton candy and all that other stuff try it out you’ll like it thanks

Great trails . Heavily wooded and great shade.

If you have trouble navigating without maps and want to start by ditching them- this is a good trail. All the trails are very well marked( didn’t stop us from getting lost though- which was all me) Beautiful green and not busy !

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.

Fun hike. Nice overlooks and rocks for good bouldering action. I’ve taken this hike many times...

Well marked trails , lots of shade trees awesome views!

beautiful scenery

Nice hike. Take the time to stop at annapolis rocks as well, the view will make the trip worth while!

Some of section I did today was park road and not in the shade. Basically half of my hike is the Frisbee Golf course and trail system. The Long Cut trail through the woods is not marked, very confusing without All/Trail up and running. Only two small sections of the Jelly Bean trail was muddy. All other trails are dry.
Some trail have high grass so be sure to spray for ticks before you go.

Thick wooded area with beautiful creek.

I love this trail for the creek that runs alongside it most of the way and that it's so close to home. It's secluded from the road so it's blissfully quiet and much less trafficked than the Matthew Henson trail. It's a packed dirt and gravel trail though, so some parts are a little rocky and it can be really muddy after a big rain storm. Wear bug spray!

This place is awesome! It’s a relaxing walk with tons to see! My Aussie (dog) and I started on the beach side so she could swim for a little while. And then we did the pond trail which was really relaxing and quiet. We saw turtles, deer and some people haha. This place was a lot of fun however, I HIGHLY recommend bug spray!!!! Don’t forget it people!!!!!! Haha.

hiking
4 days ago

Had a nice time on this trail. Up hill the whole way! Great views at the top, dogs had a good time and it tired them out!

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