Old Quarry and Little Gunpowder Loop

EASY 19 reviews

Old Quarry and Little Gunpowder Loop is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kingsville, Maryland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
380 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

In the CENTRAL area of The Gunpowder Falls State Park is some very easy trails to be found. You have the Big and the Little Gunpowder Streams that are both accessible from Belair or Jerusalem Road. Parking lots are located directly at the Trailheads. The Trail that follows the Stream is considered as the Thru-Trail and is well marked in WHITE. The Old Quarry Trail (AKA: Jesse’s) is marked in ORANGE and is a very easy trail to hike. It features a small incline with many switchbacks as you travel deeply into the forest. Most of the trail is flat dirt with only a few sections that get a bit rocky. The trail is wide enough that ticks may not be to much of a problem in the summer months. Both Hikers and Bikers share the trails in this location, so the Bikers are maintaining the Trails quite well. Trekking poles are not required in these areas because of the easy flat trails and there is really no steep grade.

hiking
27 days ago

mountain biking
29 days 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
30 days 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Pleasant stroll in the woods. Trail well maintained.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice

hiking
2 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

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.

mountain biking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 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.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago

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.