Gunpowder Falls State Park

On Sunday, Rina and I hung out with our friends Netanel and Sharon and their twin children at Gunpowder Falls State Park.

Gunpowder Falls State Park

We spent about four hours at the park doing various activities. While the kids played on the beach making sand castles, and Rina and Sharon relaxed and chatted, Netanel and I went to a different part of the beach area, where he rented a wind surfboard and I borrowed his kayak. This was the first time I’d gone kayaking, but I don’t think it will be the last. He has a very good kayak, so it was easy to maneuver and move around. We were out for about an hour before returning to our respective families.

Kayaking and Windsurfing

After we abandoned the boats, several of us at various times played with a frisbee while a charcoal grill warmed up for lunch. We then consumed a good number of hamburgers and hot dogs, while the kids were particularly pleased I had thought to bring a bag of potato chips.

Then it was time to head home and collapse. So far, the only part of me that’s sore is my lower back, though if I had been sitting right in the kayak and was more used to it, that wouldn’t be hurting that much. Even still, it’s only a minor ache. I also managed to be outside for 4 hours without getting a sunburn, though you can see in the picture above how much I’m covered up in my sun protection clothing.

All in all, a fun time was had by all, most likely to be repeated before the summer is over. For my part, I didn’t realize how nice a beach could be if it’s not right next to an ocean, but the river was very nice and large, and while the beach itself was small, it was large enough for all the kids we saw to play in. A pleasant surprise, one that, as I said, needs to be repeated.

7 thoughts on “Gunpowder Falls State Park

  1. Tim,

    Looks like a lot of fun. Which section of Gunpowder is this at? The sections of Gunpowder that Lydia and I occassionally hike in are much more wooded and offer the water primarily as a backdrop.


  2. It’s called the Hammerman Area. It’s located off of Route 40 north of the Beltway, basically I-95 to White Marsh Blvd to Rt 40 to some back roads. In the URL I gave, if you search for the string “Hammerman” a few times you’ll see a description and map of the area, and driving directions. We set up base camp at the Swimming Beaches, and walked over to the Windsurfing Beaches for the boating.

    It was a very nice area, but I’m glad we went early because by lunchtime it had gotten quite crowded and most of the shady spots were taken. As far as I can tell, Hammerman isn’t really a hiking area; it’s more for the beach, camping, and picnicking. I don’t see any trails on the map, though.

    • I’m not all that familiar with that side of the city, so I can’t say for certain. But I think you can go to Mapquest and use this as an end point, and there should be signs from there: click here. If that link doesn’t work, search on Mapquest for “Ebenezer Rd & Graces Quarters Rd”, Middle River, MD 21220.

    • Maria, I’m not sure, as I don’t have any pets so I never thought to look. I looked on the park’s website, but couldn’t determine swimming rules for pets, just areas where they can go. The website lists the phone number as (410) 592-2897, you might have better luck calling them.

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