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Maryland whitewater, Gwynns Falls

City of Baltimore county, Lochearn to Franklintown Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     4 miles
  The wonderful Maryland scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Lochearn to Franklintown Road stretch of Gwynns Falls in City of Baltimore County is 4 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-IV section. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. Getting some good exercise and just being
    out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. No need to look hard for hotels, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Baltimore-Towson, if you're
not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Lochearn to Franklintown Road stretch is one of them. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. The average Maryland whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so better not forget that a lot of the rivers  
in this state are suitable for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're visiting Gwynns Falls from Gwynn Oak, you won't be the only one. You undeniably should check out Patapsco Valley State Park while you're here at Gwynns Falls. The amount of rainfall that falls at Gwynns Falls is close to the national average. The wettest month of the year is commonly May, that's the one that rains the most, and the driest of the months is February. For the duration of the long summer days here at Gwynns Falls, high temperatures frequently get into the 80's while nighttime lows are typically in the 60's.

Gwynns Falls, Lochearn to Franklintown Road 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 Gwynns Falls.
 Whitewater Near Gwynns Falls:
Gwynns Falls, City of Baltimore County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (Franklintown Road to Carroll Park Golf Course)
Gwynns Falls, City of Baltimore County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (Lochearn to Franklintown Road)
Jones Falls, Baltimore County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Lake Roland to Round Falls)
Herring Run, City of Baltimore County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Echodale Avenue to Sinclair Lane)
Patapsco River, Howard/Baltimore/Carroll County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.5 miles long (Woodstock to Elkridge)
Gunpowder Falls, Baltimore County, 12 miles away
      Class I - 7 miles long (Lower Loch Raven Dam to Route 1)
Little Patuxent River, Howard County, 13 miles away
      Class I-IV - 7 miles long (US Route 29 to US Route 1)
Gunpowder Falls, Baltimore County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.3 miles long (Route 1 to US 40)
Patuxent River, Howard County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 15.3 miles long (Carroll Mill Road to Savage Mill)
Gunpowder Falls, Baltimore County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 2 miles long (Prettyboy Dam to Falls Road)
 Ski Areas Near Gwynns Falls:
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 45 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 52 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 71 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 97 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
 Marinas Near Gwynns Falls:
Middle Branch Marina, Baltimore , 6 miles away
Harborview Marina & Yacht Club, Baltimore , 7 miles away
Harborview Marina, Baltimore , 7 miles away
Center Dock Marina, Baltimore , 8 miles away
Henderson's Wharf Marina, Baltimore , 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Gwynns Falls:
Quality Inn Near Pimlico Racetrack, Baltimore , 1 miles away
Red Roof Inn Baltimore Northwest, Baltimore , 2 miles away
Howard Johnson Pikesville, Pikesville , 3 miles away
Days Inn Baltimore West Security Blvd., Baltimore , 3 miles away
Knights Inn Baltimore West, Baltimore , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gwynns Falls:
Patapsco State Park - Hilton, Elkridge, 5 miles away
Patapsco Valley State Park, Ellicott City, 6 miles away
Maryland State Fairground, Lutherville Timonium, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gwynns Falls:
Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt - MD , 21 miles away
Glen Echo Park, McLean - VA , 35 miles away
Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland , 14 miles away
North Point State Park, Maryland , 20 miles away
Gunpowder Falls State Park, Maryland , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Gwynns Falls:
Forest Park Golf Course, Gwynn Oak , 0 miles away
Baltimore Municipal Golf, Baltimore , 3 miles away
Suburban Club Of Baltimore County, Pikesville , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Gwynns Falls
Druid Lake, Baltimore (city) , 5 miles away
Silver Lake, Baltimore (city) , 5 miles away
Lake Montebello, Baltimore (city) , 8 miles away

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