Old Quarry and Little Gunpowder Loop

EASY 14 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
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Very nice

hiking
29 days ago

mountain biking
1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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
2 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
2 months ago

hiking
3 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
3 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.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
4 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.