|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 in the woods behind the blacksmith shop. Follow the white blazes.|
|Distance||2.5 to 4 miles|
|Trail||Trail is a single-track dirt path through easy to moderate hills and valleys. Make a loop with the blue blazed Jerusalem Mill Trail (2.5 miles round trip), or continue onto Bel Air Road on the white blazed Little Gunpowder Trail, returning on the same path (4 miles round trip).|
|Skill Level||Moderately difficult|
|Suitable For Families?||Yes (school-aged children)|
|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 of oaks and tulip poplars, crossing the scenic Wildcat Branch (stream) and open fields.|
|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 beginning of the trail runs in the former millrace for Jerusalem Mill and visits remnants of the former millpond dam, waste gate and other stone structures.|
|Guiding||The Friends of Jerusalem Mill sponsor guided tours and blacksmith and gun shop living history demonstrations, 410-877-3560|
|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. The Jericho Covered Bridge is a short walk from the mill (see Jerusalem Village and Jericho Covered Bridge Hike).|
|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 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 the edge of the woods behind the blacksmith shop and soon enters the former millrace, which supplied water to power the water wheels of Jerusalem Mill. While in the millrace, look for some stone or concrete foundations that formed the sides of the "waste gate" where excess water was released back into the stream. Enjoy views of a farm field, where the millrace widens as it enters the former ice pond site.
When the trail rejoins the stream bank, look for the foundations of the old millpond dam and the head of the millrace. The trail continues along the floodplain of the Little Gunpowder Falls, then climbs a hill with views of the river. When the trail forms, turn right onto the blue blazed trail to return to the parking area following the ridges high above the stream valley (2.5 miles round trip) or turn left and continue following the Little Gunpowder Trail until it meets Bel Air Road (4 miles round trip). This option crosses the scenic Wildcat Branch, a brook with boggy springs nearby that provide habitat for spring wildflowers.
See the Jerusalem Village and Jericho Covered Bridge Hike for another short walk to extend your hike once you return to the parking area.
Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
- Park Trail Map available at park headquarters
- Country Walks Near Baltimore (Fisher)
- Gunpowder Falls State Park homepage
- Small first aid kit
- Water and a snack
- Insect repellent
- Adequate footwear
- Check for ticks upon returning