Little Gunpowder Northside Trail

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Little Gunpowder Northside Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pleasant Hills, Maryland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles
59 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


The parking and trailhead is on the northbound side of Route 147 (Harford Road). You will pass another parking lot and trailhead on the southbound side shortly before you come to this one. The southbound lot will take you to the southside version of this trail as well as the quarry trail. This trail is not marked but it easy to follow as it is well maintained.

mountain biking
Sunday, October 22, 2017

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.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Sunday, August 16, 2015