Gunpowder SP: Jerusalem Mill Village and Covered Bridge

Bel Air, MD
Length: 0.80 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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Nestled on the north bank of the Little Gunpowder Falls, the historic Jerusalem Mill Village is a living time capsule! In 1772 Lee’s Merchant Mill opened its doors for business and laid the foundation for what would become the complete village before you.
The success of Jerusalem Mill Village was due largely to the variety of useful services it provided to the local farming community. At its peak, the village boasted a grist mill, blacksmith shop, wheelwright, sawmill, general store, and even a post office!
Take a hike through history and see what life was like in a time very different from your own!

Start this hike by walking across the Gunpowder River. The steps coming off the bridge MAY be slippery. Once across, follow the trail markers up and down the forest area and find some nice views of the river itself. This forest side hike is ~0.35 miles.
Follow the trail to the covered bridge. You will need to walk THROUGH the bridge so proceed with caution as it is an active roadway (Jericho Rd) and you do not have the right of way. Once across the metal guardrail opens on the left, enter back on the trail and head into the historic village. You’ll pass a small red bridge which takes you closer to the post office and general store. You can also turn right past the post office and walk down to see the ice house. Loop back towards the parking lot and you can visit the blacksmith shop. Cross the street to meet up with the visitors center and take a break by the fire pit/seating along the Gunpowder itself.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, and Visitor Center
Check page for hours of operation

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

In the Village, there are three visitor and two handicapped hard-top parking spaces in the driveway in front of the Jerusalem Mill. Additionally, there are 24 car and two bus/trailer hard-top Visitor’s spaces across the street and just North of the Blacksmith shop. This lot is large enough for a school bus to turn around.

Occasionally, such as for special events, we open grass fields for overflow parking. Horse trailers can park in the hard-top lot, when available, or may contact us to make arrangements for parking in one of the grass areas.

Vehicels parked on the side of the road on Jerusalem or Jericho Roads will be ticketed by DNR or local police. Park at your own risk in any of our lots.

Trail Contributor

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Trail Map

Getting There

From I-95
* Take the Fallston/Joppatowne Exit 74.
* Travel north about 2 miles on Route 152 (Mountain Road) toward Fallston.
* Turn left onto Jerusalem Road, across from the Mountain Branch Golf Course.
* Travel west on Jerusalem Road about 1 mile to the Village.

From I-83 and I-70
* Take I-695 (Baltimore Beltway Inner Loop) toward Towson / I-95.
* Travel on I-695 to White Marsh Exit 31C, Route 43 South (left exit off Beltway).
* Take Route 43 (left ramp) for Belair Road NORTH.
* From ramp, bear right onto Belair Road (U.S. Route 1).
* Travel north through Perry Hall to Kingsville.
* When entering Kingsville, bear right onto Jerusalem Road, just before the traffic light at Bradshaw Road.
* Proceed about 2 miles to the Village.

From Bel Air
* Take US Route 1 South.
* Turn left onto Route 152.
* Travel south on Route 152 about 1.5 miles.
* Turn right onto Old Joppa Road at the traffic light.
* Travel 0.8 miles and turn right onto Jerusalem Road.
* Proceed 0.5 miles to the Village.