Bordering both the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls to their confluence at the Days Cove, the Central Area offers features many miles of trails and opportunities for fishing. It features the historic milling village of Jerusalem Mill, which also serves as headquarters for Gunpowder Falls State Park.
Please be respectful to others and take your trash with you. Alcohol is not permitted.
Hikers, pets on leashes, and horseback riders are welcome on all of the Central Area’s trails. Mountain bikers are welcome on many trails, but they prohibited in the Sweathouse Branch Wildlands Area on the Big Gunpowder between Harford Road and Belair Road (U.S. 1). The Sweathouse Branch Wildlands Area features several loop trails through hardwood forest along the banks of the Big Gunpowder. Birders and wildflower enthusiasts will enjoy these trails.
At present, there is not a formal published map of the Central Area. Black and white maps can be acquired free-of-charge by visiting park headquarters, or by clicking on the links below.
- Central Area, Big Gunpowder Trail, Harford Road to Belair Road (pdf)
- Central Area, Big Gunpowder Trail, Belair Road to Pulaski Highway (pdf)
- Central Area, Little Gunpowder Trail, Harford Road to Jerusalem Mill (pdf)
- Central Area, Little Gunpowder Trail, Jerusalem Mill South (pdf)
- Central Area, Pleasantville (pdf)
- Hiking, Big Gunpowder Trail (4.8 mi.)
- Hiking, Sweathouse and Stocksdale Trails (1.7 and 3.7 mi.)
- Hiking, Jerusalem Village (1 mi.)
- Hiking, Jerusalem Village (2.5 to 4 mi.)
- Hiking, Lost Pond Trail (3.1 mi.)
- Mountain Biking, Lost Pond Trail (3.1 mi.)
The Big and Little Gunpowders are both stocked with trout in put-and-take fishing areas. Anglers 16 years-of-age and older must possess a Maryland Non-Tidal Fishing License. For more information, visit the Maryland DNR Fisheries website.
- Put and take trout fishing on Lower Big Gunpowder Falls River
- Put and take trout fishing on Little Gunpowder Falls River
The Big Gunpowder River in this section offers opportunities for both novice and advanced paddlers. Access to the Big Gunpowder is available at Belair Road and Jones Road. The more difficult section of the river lies between Belair Road and Jones Road. The section downriver from Jones Road is considered easier, providing canoeists and kayakers the opportunity to paddle into the coastal plain beyond the confluence of the Big and Little Gunpowders.
Personal flotation devices are required for all persons canoeing, kayaking and tubing on the river. Helmets are required for kayakers using the river between Belair Road and Jones Road.
Self-Guided Water Trails
- Canoeing/Kayaking Big Gunpowder Falls, Jones Road to Mariner Park (4.1 mi.)
- Kayaking Big Gunpowder Falls, Bel Air Road to Jones Road (3.4 mi.)
Organized youth group camping with a permit is available at Camp Cone. The site features primitive camping, fire rings and tables. No potable water. An amphitheatre is also available for programs.
Pets on leashes are welcome, except at Camp Cone and inside the buildings at Jerusalem Mill.
Graham Equestrian Center
The Graham Equestrian Center (GEC) is located in Gunpowder Falls State Park. The GEC is a non-profit organization that provides an equestrian component to the park’s objective of nature tourism, and to that end, GEC, Inc. promotes and offers educational opportunities to the citizens of Maryland.
- Central Area
- Dundee Creek Marina
- Hammerman Area (beach)
- Hereford Area
- Jerusalem Mill
- The Mill Pond Cottage
- Sweet Air Area
- Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail
Central Area (Belair Road) – From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), take U. S. 1 (Belair Road) north seven miles until you cross over the Big Gunpowder Falls. The parking lot will be on your right immediately following the bridge across the falls.
Dundee Creek Marina - From I-95 take exit 67A for Route 43 east (White Marsh Boulevard). Follow 43 to Route 40 east. Turn right at the first light onto Ebenezer Road and follow it for 4.5 miles. Go past the Hammerman entrance, and enter the marina on the right. The physical address is 7400 Graces Quarters, Chase, MD 21027. To visit the fishing area, continue straight and veer to the right and follow the road until it deadends.
Hammerman Area (beach) - From I-95 take exit 67A for Route 43 east (White Marsh Boulevard). Follow 43 to Route 40 east. Turn right at the first light onto Ebenezer Road and follow it for 4.5 miles. The park entrance will be on your left. The physical address is 7200 Graces Quarters, Chase, MD 21027
Hereford Area - From I-83 N, take exit 27 and turn right on Mt. Carmel Road. At traffic light, turn left onto York Road. Pass Hereford High School and turn left onto Bunker Hill Road. Continue on Bunker Hill Road to parking lot, located above the river.
Jerusalem Mill (Park Headquarters) - From I-95 take exit 74 for Route 152 West (Mountain Road). Follow Mountain Road toward Fallston and turn left onto Jerusalem Road. Jerusalem Mill will be on your left after 1.1 miles. Parking is in the lot on the right, just before the mill. The physical address is 2813 Jerusalem Road, Kingsville, MD 21087.
Monkton Station - From I-83 N, take exit 27 and turn right on Mt. Carmel Road. Turn right on York Road and make a quick left onto Monkton Road. Follow it until it crosses the Torrey C. Brown (formerly NCR) Rail Trail. Monkton Station will be on your left. Limited parking. The physical address is 1820 Monkton Road, Monkton, MD 21111
Sweet Air Area – Take I-95 north. Take exit 74 onto Route 152 toward Fallston. Follow it for 10 miles. Turn left onto Route 165 south. Take first right onto Greene Road, right onto Moores Road and left onto Dalton Bevard Road. The parking lot is at the top of the hill. The physical address is 2840 Dalton Bevard Road, Baldwin, MD 21013.
Sparks Bank Nature Center - From I-83N take exit 24 (Belfast Road). Turn right onto Belfast Road. Turn right onto York Road (Route 45). Take your second left onto Sparks Road. Follow it until it crosses the Torrey C. Brown (formerly NCR) Rail Trail. Sparks Bank Nature Center will be on your right. Limited parking. The physical address is 1207 Sparks Road, Sparks, MD 21152.
Gunpowder Falls State Park
PO Box 480
2813 Jerusalem Road
Kingsville, MD 21087
Phone: (410) 592-2897
Hours of Operation
Sunrise to Sunset
Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.
Contact the Park Service
- Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
- Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
- Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
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