Gunpowder Falls State Park: Central Area

Rangers give an interpretive talk

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.

Give Nature a Break!

The Jones Road parking lot will be closed May 1, 2014 through September 1, 2014 to allow the park to recover from heavy use.
Please see the attached Jones Road closure message for more information..

Trails

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.

Maps

Fishing

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.

River Recreation

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.

Youth-Group Camping

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

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.