A walk in the park

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - Pho­tos and text by Kim Hairston

On a re­cent walk in Gun­pow­der Falls State Park, I found beauty ev­ery­where I looked. I would stop to pho­to­graph or ob­serve some­thing, and an­other im­age would catch my eye. I trav­eled a small por­tion of the 120 miles of trails and left feel­ing I should do this more of­ten.

It is Mary­land’s largest state park, cov­er­ing about 18,000 acres along the Big and Lit­tle Gun­pow­der Falls in Bal­ti­more and Har­ford coun­ties. It is di­vided into five ar­eas rang­ing from the Tor­rey C. Brown Rail Trail in north­ern Bal­ti­more County to the tidal wet­lands of the Ham­mer­man area.

A sooth­ing mid­sum­mer sight: Wa­ter and sum­mer light cas­cade over the Pot Rocks along a trail in the cen­tral area of Gun­pow­der Falls State Park.

Big Gun­pow­der Falls mir­rors the sur­round­ing trees on a still mid-Au­gust morn­ing. The state park, the largest in Mary­land, en­com­passes about 18,000 acres along the Big and Lit­tle Gun­pow­der falls.

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