Gunpowder Falls State Park, Bradshaw

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Gunpowder Falls State Park is a public recreation area comprising six non-contiguous areas covering in northeastern Baltimore County and western Harford County, Maryland. The state park is primarily made up of the stream valleys of the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls and the Gunpowder River; its natural features range from tidal marshes to rugged interior slopes. The park has over 120 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing plus facilities for picnicking, tubing, canoeing and kayaking, tide-water fishing and crabbing, fly fishing, and hunting, among other activities. It is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
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  • The minimal $3.00 entry fee on an honor basis is worth the beautiful water scenery at this park .restrooms available clean and always open. Picnic tables plentiful . Great for dog walking just inspect...  more »
  • The Gunpowder Falls State Park is a tradition in our family. The trails are challenging and fun. The park is very well maintained and a joy to experience. We visit in every season and are never disapp...  more »
  • We were visiting from the flatlands of Texas and really enjoyed the walks along the river. Various terrain levels and flora kept us amazed and the natural beauty of the region. Over a few days we walk...  more »
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  • Just exquisite. You gotta go. This place is amazing.
  • Love to go for hikes here! There are many trails of varying difficulty and the connect in different places so you can kind of customize you distance by combining trails or taking another trail back to cut your.hike short if you need to. Also there is a swimming area if you go left out of the parking lot instead of right.
  • I was there yesterday with 10 teenagers- they and I had a blast! We rented tubes from Monkton Bike (bring cash) and headed up the trail. The other two 40something moms and I did not kill ourselves getting into the river via a steep slope but it was a close one. Once on the river it was a relaxing, joyful time to reconnect without electronic devices. We picnicked at the tables by the station afterward. Great day.
  • Gunpowder Falls State Park Hammerman location is a beautiful area for a relaxing getaway. It has a nice beach overlooking the Gunpowder River. The new blue building contains a lifeguard station, Riverside Grille concession stand, and Ranger Station. This location also has Ultimate Water Sports where you can rent kayaks, go windsurfing, sail boarding, and stand up paddle boarding. It is an awesome place to walk, jog, or ride your bike. There are many picnic tables and charcoal grills throughout the park as well as at the beach.
  • This is my favorite location for a run. Challenging hills, beautiful views, and not too rocky. You also have the option of running along the river for a flat run or hike as well. Great for river/ creek swimming or kyaking/ tubing if that is more up your alley. I see a lot of mushroom hunters in the spring, and lots of people birdwatching. Kids, adults and dogs all seem to love it here. Busy on Sundays but I have never felt overwhelmed with foot traffic.
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