Monday, February 10, 2014

Gunpowder In The Winter

“I prefer winter and fall, when you can feel the bone structure in the landscape---the loneliness of it---the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it---the whole story doesn't show.” 
Andrew Wyeth

There is a special beauty during wintertime in the mid-Atlantic region. The four seasons here provide that change, the death of winter followed by the birth of spring. Because much of the mid-Atlantic coastal region experiences relatively mild winters, the whole story is only barely hidden from our view.  We wait, knowing that it will be only a very short time until the spring story is revealed.

On a Saturday afternoon in early February, we walked the Gunpowder South Trail.  That the name that trail signs still proclaim and how it is referred to in older travel books. However, it is also a very well known section of trail in the fishing community and has since been dedicated as the Lefty Kreh Fishing Trail.

This area includes a handful of miles just under the Prettyboy Dam.  It doesn’t matter which name you use for the trail.  The important thing is that you should experience it if you have the opportunity.

We parked in the far lot, up the hill from Falls Road bridge.  We walked from the lot down the steep Highland Trail.  Despite having been whirled around in the Polar Vortex for much of the season, it was a glorious day. Warm and quiet. Just cool enough for the snow to remain solid and our feet dry.  No threat of bad weather approaching. The snow on the ground still lay undisturbed, marred only by infrequent footprints of man or wild beast.

We followed a feeder creek to the South/Lefty Kreh trail, along Gunpowder River.  We passed a pair of hikers as soon as we turned onto the main trail.  We didn't see humans again until we were exiting the trail at Falls Road bridge.

It was a glorious day, spent on a Maryland trail.  To keep updated about my adventures, please join me on my  mid-Atlantic travel page on Facebook.


  1. Your winter photo of part of the Gunpowder Trail certainly proves Wyeth's point. I look forward to what awaits us as we follow you on this Mid-Atlantic pathway.

  2. What a perfect quotation to express the beauty of this time of year. I am loving this series of explorations. Can't wait to see where you take us next.

  3. It sounds wonderful! My husband and I enjoy walking the trails in the winter. Mostly because there are a lot fewer people who will brave the elements, so we ofter have the beauty all to ourselves. You really make me want to come to your area just so we can walk those trails together! Just beautiful!

    1. Thank you Mouse. I love this time of year because there are fewer people and NO snakes! :)

  4. These photos are gorgeous! The Mid-Atlantic is one area of the country I haven't been much. I do plan to some day so I am happy to have a travel guide!


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