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Gunpowder Falls State Park
Based on 18 traveler reviews
Hammerman Beach makes a great family fun day!
Jul 18, 2014 by: RussandAmy from Indiana
I visited Gumpowder state park two weeks ago, specifically the Hammerman Beach area. What a hidden gem! I'm thrilled to find an actual beach with a swimming lake so close to home! This place was beautiful. Nice view, nice lake breeze, plenty of shade trees, grassy areas or beach area for laying out on. There are charcoal grills available and picnic tables. There are shower/bathroom facilities that are fairly clean and even a small restaurant. The selection at the grill was fairly minimal though, so I'd reccomend packing a lunch. While we were there they were out of a lot of stuff and only had two ice cream flavors, and very few ice cream on a stick options. They did have great snowballs though! The water was warm, a d the slight waves were plenty delightful for the little ones in our group. There were lifeguards on duty as well. Our kids enjoyed sifting the sand for cool rocks, digging holes in the sand, and building sandcastles. Bring some inner tubes so you can enjoy the deeper water and the waves. There are no trash cans so bring a bag for your own trash. The coat is $3 per person and all kids in car seats are free. There are playgrounds all around the area as well. There is a really cool recylcled tire playground just before the exit that the kiddos LOVED! They quickly began a game of hide n seek that lasted an hour! We will definitely be back again this summer and look forward to coming here for years to come creating fond memories for our family.
Jun 01, 2014 by: Tasha9914 from
Went to Gunpowder Falls for a day trip. The hiking was awesome! The trail is not difficult and very pretty to walk on. We were able to find the swimming hole and stopped for about two hours to eat and go for a swim, which was a rare treat. A great place to go for a hike!
feels like a world away from the city, wonderful spot for outdoor activities
Apr 28, 2014 by: JetMags2014 from Chicago, Illinois
We went on a half-day exploration trip to get out of the city (Baltimore) for a while. This state park was the perfect elixir: fresh air, mild breezes, grass, sand, paved or gravel roads, small groups of people or pure silence. This park offers so much in terms of land space, water and activities, and you can take advantage of all the activities - or none, just plop down a blanket and rest in the quiet and clean atmosphere. Go anytime you need a quiet respite. There is an entrance fee. In off-season, the fee is paid by car; in the high season (summer), the entrance fee is per person. (check the website for verification)
Beautiful park close to Baltimore
Sep 03, 2013 by: AOB_MountainView from Mountain View, CA
Get away from the city in this pretty river side park not far from Baltimore. Easy parking on the east side of the road, then the trailhead access is on the west side, and there is a tunnel under Belair Rd./Highway 1 to get there. Easy walk through the woods.
Wish We Had More Time
Aug 03, 2013 by: NorJon713 from Long Island, NY
We were just basically driving by in search of a nearby Covered Bridge. It was a gorgeous summer afternoon, lots of people (mostly families) were enjoying the day in the picnic area by the visitor's center, so we were fortunate to get some good information. The visitor's center was closed, but we were still able to pick up a map and drive around a bit. We plan on coming back for one of the festivities they do on the weekends. They had a museum, if you will opened across the street from the welcome center. It was great to see history so well preserved. If we were nearby residents, for sure we'd be frequent visitors. It's free, it was clean and so much to do.
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