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PHOTOS: Gunpowder Hike Rings in New Year

Community members joined in a First Day Hike, hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

For those looking to getting a healthy start on 2013, a brisk morning hike on New Year's Day presented the perfect opportunity. 

About 30 area residents gathered at the Gunpowder Falls State Park outlet, between Perry Hall and Kingsville, on Tuesday for a guided hike led by two Maryland Department of Natural Resources park rangers. The roughly 3-mile trail covered the ruins of a former saw mill and the pot rocks formation. 

It was one of several First Day Hikes planned by the department across Maryland. 

"I love hiking and it's a great time to get active. Even better, it's just down the street from my business," said Susanne Bates, owner of Abundant Life Chiropractic in Perry Hall. 

"This is one of our most popular trails, and this is a great time to do it. It's less crowded in the winter," said assistant park manager Andrew Hangen.

Have you taken any recent shots of the park? Add them to the gallery and tell us about your favorite trails in the comments. 

Evets January 04, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Just above the area where Pot Rocks is located is the Lost Pond. Well worth the hike up the hill if you are in that area. You will fell like you are in pre-historic forest up there.
Susanne Bates D C January 06, 2013 at 04:05 AM
I agree Lost Pond is a neat place to hike. Everything is so green normally in the summer there.

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