Gunpowder SP: (portion) Mingo Forks from Bunker Hill

Hereford, MD
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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The entire circuit of the Mingo Forks Trail is ~3 miles loop. Due to the overgrowth of barbers and multiflora rose, I discourage (especially small children) to access certain portions; this write up is only a portion of the whole trail.

Park along the shoulder of Bunker Hill Rd just after going under I-83. Enter the woods at the opening on the south side of the road.
Follow the blue blazes up a short hill. It will level off and you’ll be surrounded by a huge strand of white pines. Seriously, in the winter this almost feels like stepping into Narnia.
Let the kids run wild on this very wide pathway and you’ll notice old archery targets. (Make sure they are not in use) Descend a short hill and you’ll meet up with a stream tributary of the Gunpowder. Follow this flat trail until you intersect with the Ridge Trail (yellow). Turn around and return. You know you’re at the turn around point as it gets VERY muddy, almost washed out, and the elevation requires another steep incline.

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Trail Features

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

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, and Shaded Hike

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Parking is on shoulder of Bunker Hill Rd just after going under I-83. Parking can also be found at Hereford High but requires crossing York Rd.

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