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mountain biking
13 hours ago

hiking
17 hours ago

mountain biking
18 hours 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
19 hours ago

hiking
22 hours ago

On Oct. 17 the stream was Stock with 500 Trout. I got lucky and found 1 Trout and 1 Bass. I only kept the Trout. The limit in this section is 5 Trout per-day. The Stocking section is from the Viaduct to the Dam. The D.N.R. wants you to stay 400 feet away from the Dam and I beat that's where the Trout are. Due to the Bloede Dam project and the removal of two other Dams in 2010, stream conditions are in very poor shape. When wading through the stream the sill and sand is 6 inches deep and washes out as you walk. The water is extremely low due to no rain and all the honey holes are now filled in with sand. Look at all the sandbars in the photos. Even the 6 foot hole by the Swinging Bridge is gone. Daniel's maybe a better option but it's not as accessible as this area. Time to Retire this section of the Patapsco.

hiking
23 hours ago

Best Trail around

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.

After running trails in eastern Baltimore co., i.e. flat, this was a nice change of pace with the elevation gain.
Parking can be tricky if they have something going on.
It was a very enjoyable run with some nice scenery and a good bit of wildlife ( deer and chipmunks). Next time I plan on adding on the quarry trail to up the mileage.

Limited parking but it's a great trail system and well maintained. Hikers and Dogs Only. No bikers and I love it. The area includes all flat earthen dirt trails but even after no rain for days the trail have muddy spots. Not to bad because of all the fallen leaves this time of year. Us seniors love all the foot bridges and benches. The trails along to river are truly beautiful and the river is loaded with truot. Really nice swimming hole down at marker number 9. The large portion of the entire trail system is in the shade. Only the meadows areas are in the sun.

Not recommended for seniors. The path soon narrows to a walk filled with sharp stones and large roots often too close to the a cliff above the river. This combined with a busy traffic and streams that must be waded makes the walk unpleasant and perhaps dangerous.