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Maryland whitewater, Gunpowder Falls

Baltimore county, Falls Road to Phoenix section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     15 miles
 
This is a very forgiving and beautiful stretch of river; however, there are a number of strainers to negotiate.  One thing, though, I have lived in MD for decades and NEVER seen a poisonous snake, not like I have out west or down south, and the VERY first outing on this stretch had us come across two copperheads within a half hour of each other, with the second sunning itself on the very strainer we had to pull the boats across and climb
    over ourselves.  Other than that, add a couple of hours to any suggested trip durations, if the water is lower. Says ChrisW

The wonderful Baltimore County scenery and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile.
This section of Gunpowder Falls in Maryland is 15 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Falls Road to Phoenix section is just one of many. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit  
    more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but
  you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The put-in location is a short drive from Baltimore-Towson, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag.

Briefly about the general area:
Gunpowder Falls is not far at all from Sparks Glencoe.

Gunpowder Falls, Falls Road to Phoenix road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Gunpowder Falls.
 Whitewater Near Gunpowder Falls:
Gunpowder Falls, BaltimoreCounty, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 15 miles long (Falls Road to Phoenix)
Little Falls, BaltimoreCounty, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 5 miles long (Maryland Route 4 to Gunpowder Falls)
Gunpowder Falls, BaltimoreCounty, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 2 miles long (Prettyboy Dam to Falls Road)
Deer Creek, HarfordCounty, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 43.5 miles long (Bond Road to Susquehanna River)
Jones Falls, BaltimoreCounty, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Lake Roland to Round Falls)
Gunpowder Falls, BaltimoreCounty, 11 miles away
      Class I - 7 miles long (Lower Loch Raven Dam to Route 1)
Gunpowder Falls, BaltimoreCounty, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.3 miles long (Route 1 to US 40)
Gunpowder Falls, BaltimoreCounty, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 2 miles long (Graves Run Road to Prettyboy Reservoir)
Herring Run, City of BaltimoreCounty, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Echodale Avenue to Sinclair Lane)
Gwynns Falls, City of BaltimoreCounty, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (Lochearn to Franklintown Road)
 Ski Areas Near Gunpowder Falls:
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 34 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 51 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 59 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 86 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 92 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 99 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Gunpowder Falls:
Center Dock Marina, Baltimore , 16 miles away
Harborview Marina & Yacht Club, Baltimore , 16 miles away
Henderson's Wharf Marina, Baltimore , 16 miles away
Harborview Marina, Baltimore , 16 miles away
Middle Branch Marina, Baltimore , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Gunpowder Falls:
Embassy Suites Baltimore NorthHunt Valley, Hunt Valley , 4 miles away
Chase Suite Hotel Hunt Valley, Hunt Valley , 4 miles away
Courtyard Baltimore Hunt Valley, Hunt Valley , 4 miles away
Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn Wyndham Affiliate, Hunt Valley , 4 miles away
Residence Inn Baltimore Hunt Valley, Hunt Valley , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gunpowder Falls:
Morris Meadows Recreation Farm, Freeland, 8 miles away
Camp Holiday, Reisterstown, 12 miles away
No Bones About It, Stewartstown, 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gunpowder Falls:
Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt - MD , 34 miles away
Glen Echo Park, McLean - VA , 46 miles away
Gunpowder Falls State Park, Maryland , 15 miles away
Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland , 16 miles away
Rocks State Park, Maryland , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gunpowder Falls:
Hunt Valley Blue Golf Course, Phoenix , 4 miles away
Hunt Valley Golf Club, Phoenix , 4 miles away
Greystone Golf Course, White Hall , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Gunpowder Falls
Druid Lake, Baltimore (city) , 13 miles away
Lake Montebello, Baltimore (city) , 13 miles away
North Carroll Community Pond, Carroll , 15 miles away

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