Gambrill State Park

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All trails begin at the Trailhead Parking Lot on the east side of Gambrill Park Road (about half-way up the mountain between the Rock Run area and the High Knob area, on the right side of the road). All trails are day use only ñ there is no overnight parking. Park hours are 8 a.m. to sunset, April to October, and 10 a.m. to sunset, November to March. All Maryland State Forests and Parks are trash free. Please carry out what you carry in.
All trails, except the Catoctin Trail, are loop trails, and return to the Trailhead Lot. All trails, except the White Oak Trail, are open for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Please respect other trail users.

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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Gramcounter

October 3, 2016
bsnake888 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great place to go when everything else in the DC area is too wet to ride. Lots of rocks, very little dirt. Technical but no big features. Not very flowy, but fun! Trails are fairly well marked. This is a review of the 7.5 mile yellow loop.

Similar Trail: Frederick Watershed

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September 5, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Very tuff course from most of tge starts and especially if starting from top. Only one course is intermediate i would say. The remainder are black diamond at least. Just extremely rocky terrain from the jump off. I loved the challenge but you better bring your A game or you will be tested.

Similar Trail: Patapsco Buzzard Rock trail

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Granny Gear

May 1, 2016
donow Granny Gear  
 
Review: Did 20 miles yesterday in the fog and rain. Very demanding but beautiful. The trails are rocky but you can all downhill and many uphill. Be very careful when wet the rocks and especially the logs are very slick especially near (and in) the streams - falls come hard and fast. Great workout for your entire body!

Similar Trail: Similar to Dolly Sods but much more rideable

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Trailblazer

December 9, 2015
 
Review: Trails are very well marked and not for the faint of heart. The yellow loop was awesome ridden Clockwise but looks to be fun both ways. The black trail is definitely more DH clockwise. Counter cw is mostly very technical climbing. Amazing DH from the overlook at the road on black.

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Gramcounter

November 10, 2015
G-lenn Gramcounter  
 
Review: Tried this for the first time and rode the whole yellow trail and some of black. It was fun, but some of it was hard for the sake of hard. Definitely a place to test your (and your bike's) capabilities, but I'd prefer less rocky trails. The trails were covered with leaves which was definitely not ideal, but even with that I had probably half a dozen spots where I had to at least put a foot down if not walk 20 feet. Without the leaves, I think that would have happened only a few times. So if you want to feel challenged, this is a good place, but if you want to go fast with little concern for hurting yourself or your bike, there are better places.
I do think that if you're considering going from a hardtail to a full suspension, ride this first with your hardtail then you will feel really good about the decision of getting a full squish bike.

Similar Trail: The rockiest sections in patapsco

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June 10, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Took on the challenge of the Green Trail Monday around lunch time on June 8th. Only saw one dog walker and one trail runner. The green trail is a lot of fun going down (roughly a mile), coming back up is a hike (1 mile), literally hiking a long side your bike. Will be taking on more of Gambrills trails soon, will post review then.

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Granny Gear

May 11, 2015
jwbronco74 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Definitely not for the faint-of-heart. I consider myself an intermediate-advanced mountain biker and I would be seriously impressed if someone could ride the black loop without getting off and hiking at any point. I would not rate any of these trails in this park below a moderate in difficulty (and neither does the park). That being said, the yellow loop is a great one to get a little more distance, but all of these trails have some seriously challenging features. All of them have technical climbing and descending involved as well as sharp, jagged rocks protruding from the ground ready to slice and dice those light-weight XC racing tires you're rocking. What's great about these trails is that they're extremely well marked, they offer some great technical challenges, some nice scenic overlooks, and you will get a lot of elevation on your ride if you continuously start onto your next trail from the main parking lot. Note: I tried the black loop in the counterclockwise direction and it seemed as though the clockwise direction would have been the better choice.

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Trailblazer


September 10, 2014
 
Review: This trail is very rocky and for that reason i could only get in 4 miles on the Yellow loop.I did ride some of the black and blue trails.Most of it is more suited for hiking.I can see tougher riders liking it.It did end up with about 6 miles,far less than I wanted.All i can handle of this rocks trail.

Similar Trail: Little Beaver State Park WVA.

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Doubletrack


September 8, 2014
The Void Doubletrack  
 
Review: Personally I love these trails yes some parts are so steep you'll be hiking back up but it adds to the experience. I like taking the Blue trail from the lot all the way to the Watershed it drops close to 600 feet in a row at one point and is very technically demanding. Seat dropper post is a great thing to have. Black and Yellow trails are great too and I will always come back for more.

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Gramcounter

August 16, 2014
Davez69gto Gramcounter  
 
Review: A friend and I tried out this park. We found that it is great for hikers and bad for those that want to have fun biking. I personally go so I can work out while jumping/sliding/anything fun. On the trail we took (black) you go down on large stones (4 inches in diameter) for a long while. Then you are expected to bike back up up a steep path with logs every 10 feet or so to stop the run off. It was very little fun. If anything take yellow. It seemed to be the least of all evils. It's worth an experience but I could never make it my home park.

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