Gunpowder Falls, Maryland, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (for normal flows)|
|GUNPOWDER FALLS NEAR PARKTON, MD|
|usgs-01581920||90 - 1000 cfs||I-II||01h39m||191 cfs (running)|
Paddled from Masemore Road to Blue Mount Road on May 10, 2004. Level was right around 2' (~100-120 cfs). Lots of dead wood down but everything was passable. Thanks to the kind soul or souls who cleared paths through the strainers that previously had to be portaged. For those who have never paddled this stretch, it's a very scenic PN run...most of your trouble will come from the dead wood but anyone with good boat control should have no problems. Quarry Rapid, at the end of the run, will delight the novice paddler.
Buddy H posted, on the Monocacy Canoe
Club Message Board:
The Bunker Hill Road access to the Gunpowder has been changed by the MD DNR. They have cleared an area uphill from the river and old parking lot. This is the parking lot to leave cars, while the old lot by the bridge abutment will become a no parking area used for dropping off and picking up. Nothing has changed on the North side of Bunker Hill Road.
Tony Allred, Jr: There are a number of access points on this run. Starting from the top (Access - river miles) they are: Falls Road - 0.0, Masemore Road - 0.7, Bunker Hill Road - 2.0, York Road - 2.8, Big Falls Road - 5.1. This river length was created to indicate a stretch where the river level is best described by the Parkton gauge, not necessarily what might be a usual run. A usual run might be from Masemore Road to Blue Mount Road (roughly the same length) or Monkton Road (an additional 2.4 miles). Summer Parking can be an issue at both the Blue Mount and Monkton accesses so it's wise to get there early. The Big Falls Road access, which was used as an end point for this river length has plenty of roadside parking, but if you use it as a take-out you miss Quarry Rapid (II-) -- the run's only rapid, which is immediately downstream from the Big Run Road access.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
Just below Big Falls Road there is a Class II- rapid called "Quarry Rapid". Mostly down the middle - dodging rocks