Self-Guided Opportunities
 
Hike
Location Historic Jerusalem Village, Gunpowder Falls State Park, 410-592-2897
Trail Access Parking area and trailhead are at Jerusalem Mill where Jerusalem Road crosses the Little Gunpowder Falls. From I-95 take exit 74 for Fallston. Turn onto Mountain Road (Route 152 north). Continue for approximately two miles, and turn left onto Jerusalem Road. Travel one mile on Jerusalem Road. Parking is on the right. The trail begins across the bridge over the Little Gunpowder Falls. Follow the white blazes.
Distance 1 mile round trip. (.5 mile on white blazed trail to the covered bridge; .5 mile return trip on yellow blazed trail)
Time 45 minutes
Trail Trail is a single-track dirt path through easy to moderate hills and valleys.
Skill Level Easy to moderately difficult
Suitable For Families? Yes
Hazards/Restrictions No motorized vehicles on trail. Pets must be on a leash.
Potable Water Carry in your own water. Water and restrooms are available at the visitor center in Jerusalem Mill.
Natural Features Trail follows the course of the scenic Little Gunpowder Falls through forested rolling hills. The return trail traverses a white pine plantation and beech hardwood forest with views of a horse farm.
Historic/Cultural Features The 1772 merchant gristmill (Jerusalem Mill) renovated as the park headquarters and visitor center is on the national register of historic places. Other historic buildings in the village include a blacksmith shop, gun shop, country store, tenant home and mansion. The Jericho Covered Bridge is one of six remaining covered bridges in Maryland. The bridge (1865) is burr-truss construction and spans the Little Gunpowder Falls.
Guiding The Friends of Jerusalem Mill sponsor guided tours and blacksmith and gun shop living history demonstrations, 410-877-3560
Camping None
Other Points of Interest The Jerusalem Mill Museum and Visitor Center is open on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. and displays milling artifacts and village memorabilia.
Other Accommodations Hotels are available in Edgewood and Perry Hall.
Service Charges or Permits No charges. The Friends of Jerusalem Mill accept donations.
Description This is an opportunity to walk back in time on an easy stroll through the hills surrounding the historic Jerusalem Village. This village is one of the many water-powered mill sites that bordered the Little Gunpowder Falls, just like those on the Big Gunpowder Falls. However, this site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is unusual because it has so many remaining structures from its earlier days.
The trail leaves from Jerusalem Mill, meanders along the banks of the Little Gunpowder Falls and ascends hillsides above the river until it comes upon the Jericho Covered Bridge at Jericho Road.
After absorbing this idyllic pastoral setting, briefly return on the same trail until it forks. Take the yellow-blazed trail to the left for a variation on the return trip. This trail veers away from the river and visits a pine plantation with views of a horse farm, then enters stands of mature beech and tulip poplar that tower on hills above the river. The trail then descends back to Jerusalem Road. Follow the road across the bridge to return to the parking lot. To continue on a longer hike, see the Jerusalem Village Hike.


Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Small first aid kit
  • Water and a snack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Adequate footwear
  • Compass
  • Rainwear
  • Check for ticks upon returning