nature trips

dogs on leash

Great in the fall

mountain biking
2 months ago

A nice single track trail that runs along the river as well as up into farm land and fields. It is not as scenic as some of the other Gunpowder trails. There used to be a single track that branched off past the picnic area and ran closer to the river. It has been closed due to safety concerns. In the first mile there is a water crossing that requires a dismount and there are some tight switchbacks, but otherwise it is not too difficult.

mountain biking
2 months ago

This is a simple but very scenic trail along the Little Gunpowder. It is on the opposite bank of the white blazed trail, but it is still an approved trail with an official trailhead. It is a narrow single track trail that runs alongside the river. It has now been expanded to include a full loop that mirrors the quarry trail on the other side of the river. That portion of the trail begins where this one ends at Route 1. You can either turn around or take the loop. The loop has a lot of rocky sections with boulders that will require all but advanced riders to dismount. It runs up into the forest and has nice elevation changes.

mountain biking
2 months ago

I am an intermediate rider who does not enjoy trails with lots of rock piles and boulders, particularly if they require you to dismount. The little gunpowder trail on the white blazed side of the water is quite rocky. From the entrance to the quarry trail branch point, there are a number of minor water crossings that are strictly rock piles. I attempted to take the quarry trail, but the elevation is too steep and rocky. Perhaps an advanced rider could tackle it, but not me. Returned to the main trail, which is a mostly nice ride with lots of roots and a few more rocky sections. I found the little gunpowder trail and loop on the far side of the water to be much more enjoyable.

mountain biking
3 months ago

There is an unmarked but well maintained trail on the other side of the little gunpowder. The parking lot and trail head is less than a mile north of the quarry trail lot on the right side of the street. This trail is an official trail but it is basically unmarked. Fortunately it is well maintained and easy to follow. The section of the trail along the falls between Harford and Belair roads is easy. A beginner could ride it, but it has a few challenging narrow switchbacks. Once you hit Belair road, the trail becomes much more difficult, definitely not for beginners. There is quite a bit of elevation and the narrow trails has many boulders and rock piles. It goes deep into the forest and is a fun ride, if you don't mind having to dismount a few times.

Pleasant stroll in the woods. Trail well maintained.

Very nice hike! Not jogging stroller compatible, recommend a backpack carrier there are a lot of rocks and roots.

This was a really nice walk but when we went it was very muddy resulting in a couple of falls. The reason why this is a four and not a five is because the trail had a lot of horse crap on it. So while avoiding mud we also had to avoid horse crap and hope we didn't fall into it. Lots of little trails heading down towards the stream. Definitely not a jogging stroller trail and I'd recommended a backpack style carrier for babies and small kids. There are a lot of roots and two small streams with rocks you have to cross so you really need to be able to see your feet.

nice group of trails to mountain bike. a little overgrown in some areas but overall easily enjoyable. I didn't ride the actual loop with the elevation, I went from Bel air road to Harford Rd back to Bel air road on the opposite side of the river.

My husband, our 3 year old son, and our golden retriever puppy did 4 miles of the trail. It was beautiful and peaceful. Good for families with small kids; they can walk for awhile and then be put in the carrier. We saw a group of firefighter cadets and 5 couples on the path. We will be doing this one again!

The trail itself is good and it's a nice walk through the woods. If you're looking for quiet and solitude, you may want to look elsewhere as the traffic noise on this trail is higher than others you could experience.

this trail is great, I am a novice mountain biker, but have plenty of history on 2 wheels. At first, I wasn't impressed at all, until about 2 miles in (after the open field of power line towers) my opinion instantly changed and I was having a blast.
I gave 4 stars because of the rocks and roots, some spots are nearly impossible to ride through. I walked for a total of about 10 minutes in the first 2 miles.

6 months ago

Make sure to stop and see the quarry view. At the peak of the hike there is a side trail to the edge.

It's a nice trail. The first part takes you along the river. Once you get to the orange blaze it goes up hill for a bit. After you reach the top there a few ups and downs. Towards the end of the trail it gets pretty overgrown.

To me one of the nice things about this place is the absence of a heavy people traffic.

I really enjoy doing this trail along with the Jerusalem Mill trail. Right at the beginning,going up the incline, it can get a bit narrow so watch for bikes(I've yet to see one). The view at the top of the quarry is great and It's nice to stop for a few and take it in. You do have to go off the trail to get there but only about 50/100 feet, it will be on the right at the top.

Ran it today for the first time. Loved it.

I am new to hiking, but this trail was a great start.

I have never hiked this area before because I live in the Patapsco State Park (Avalon) and hike there daily. Two days after it rained I was ready to get back on the Trail again. Decided to checkout another great trail in the Gunpowder State Park area. Trails along the Big and Little Gunpowder River don’t have the heavy terrain as the Patapsco has in my area so it much easier if you are a senior or handicap as I am. Trails here are mostly flat dirt with some rocks but not hardly any wash outs from the recent rainstorms. The Trail system in this Park is well marked and easy to follow. The walking along the stream is very refreshing and would probably feel great to take a dip in the summer.

Nice easy hike. Watch the switch over at Bel Air Road. Ended up on the trail on the south side of the river but that was fine. Nice picnic area for after the hike.

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