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Maryland whitewater, Gunpowder Falls

Baltimore county, Graves Run Road to Prettyboy Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     2 miles
OK so after checking this one out today I was sorely disappointed. it is in no way a II-III, more like a slow moving I, not even a I-II. Also the put in location is on some private property farm so good luck getting in the water at some point where the river isn't congested down into drainage ditches going under the small roads in this area. I highly recommend some of the other gunpowder rivers however, great fun, just not this stretch. Says

Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The starting point is not too
far from York-Hanover, as you can see on the road map further down. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The scenic beauty of Maryland and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Graves Run Road to Prettyboy Reservoir section of Gunpowder Falls in Maryland is 2 miles long and is rated  
by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. This is a somewhat short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Gunpowder Falls you'll possibly meet some people from Freeland.

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


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Gunpowder Falls.
 Whitewater Near Gunpowder Falls:
Gunpowder Falls, Baltimore County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 2 miles long (Graves Run Road to Prettyboy Reservoir)
Gunpowder Falls, Baltimore County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 2 miles long (Prettyboy Dam to Falls Road)
Gunpowder Falls, Baltimore County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 15 miles long (Falls Road to Phoenix)
Little Falls, Baltimore County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 5 miles long (Maryland Route 4 to Gunpowder Falls)
Deer Creek, Harford County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 43.5 miles long (Bond Road to Susquehanna River)
Codorus Creek, York County, 19 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4.4 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 24 to Codorus Furnace Road)
Gwynns Falls, City of Baltimore County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (Lochearn to Franklintown Road)
Jones Falls, Baltimore County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Lake Roland to Round Falls)
Piney Run, Carroll County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 2 miles long (Arrington Road to Marriottsville)
Patapsco River, Howard/Baltimore/Carroll County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.5 miles long (Woodstock to Elkridge)
 Ski Areas Near Gunpowder Falls:
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 24 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 41 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 61 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 88 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 91 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 98 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Gunpowder Falls:
Hampton Inn Shrewsbury, New Freedom , 10 miles away
River View Resort, Bethel , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites YORK, York , 13 miles away
Courtyard Baltimore Hunt Valley, Hunt Valley , 13 miles away
Embassy Suites By Hilton Baltimore Hunt Valley, Hunt Valley , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gunpowder Falls:
Morris Meadows Recreation Farm, Freeland, 6 miles away
Codorus State Park, Glenville, 10 miles away
Camp Holiday, Reisterstown, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gunpowder Falls:
Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt - MD , 37 miles away
Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont - MD , 45 miles away
Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland , 13 miles away
Gifford Pinchot State Park, Pennsylvania , 22 miles away
Rocks State Park, Maryland , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gunpowder Falls:
Oakmont Green Golf Course, Hampstead , 5 miles away
Bon Air Country Club, Glen Rock , 6 miles away
Piney Branch Golf & Country Club, Upperco , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Gunpowder Falls
North Carroll Community Pond, Carroll , 6 miles away
Cascade Lake, Carroll , 8 miles away
Lake Lehman, York , 11 miles away

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