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Best State Park

Gunpowder Falls

2813 Jerusalem Road, Kingsville, (410) 592-2897, dnr.state.md.us

From its Hereford Area adjacent to Prettyboy Reservoir to its Hammerman Area at the mouth of the Gunpowder River, the Gunpowder Falls State Park’s more-than-18,000 acres and 120 miles of trails—including the 21-mile Torrey C. Brown rail-trail extending up to the Pennsylvania border—cover a massive part of central Maryland. Fly-fishing devotees and tubers flock to it, thanks to the frigid, clean water coming from the bottom-release dam at Prettyboy, while history buffs and wildflower and bird enthusiasts can find plenty of quarry for their interests. The more active set—mountain bikers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, and paddlers—can ride, glide, and gunkhole to their hearts’ content. From tide marshes to steep, rocky terrain, this giant park offers more to do outdoors than any other place near Mobtown.

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