Gunpowder Falls: Essay July 2019

Gunpowder Falls State Park is a public recreation area comprising six non-contiguous areas covering 18,000 acres in northeastern Baltimore County and western Harford County, Maryland.

Established in 1959 to protect the Gunpowder River and the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls, Gunpowder Falls State Park is now one of Maryland’s largest state parks.

Gunpowder Falls 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 Lost Pond Trail  of Gunpowder Falls is an easy hike which includes traversing streams, downed trees and larger rocks.

Gunpowder Falls State Park has over 120 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Picnicking, tubing & canoeing, fishing and hunting are also an option.

 While hiking the Lost Pond Trail, you can also expect to cross through a variety of meandering streams cutting through the path stone steps and fallen trees.

The Lost Pond Trail is a looped hike that starts on a flood plain along the Gunpowder River and continues upwards into the forest. Views along the way include an abandoned (lost) millpond that has become part of the forest.

 Its not unexpected to see families swimming in the river or to encounter horse riders along the trail.