Gunpowder Falls State Park

4.19 out of 5
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↑ 2,500 ft
↓ 3,000 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This entire trail runs from Jerusalem Road to Pleasantville Road (and beyond! Although I've never ridden that section). This write up covers the section of the trail which runs from Harford Road to Pleasantville Road and is approximately 10 miles out and back. From the parking lot on the Baltimore County (south) side of the Little Gunpowder, enter the trail. Trail head is right in the middle of the lot. Follow the trail along the Little Gunpowder. There are four stream crossings and some nice rock gardens along the trail to Bottom road. When the trail exits onto Bottom Road, go right across the bridge over the Little Gunpowder River. Continue on Bottom Road until you pass Laurel Brook Road on your right. Just past Laurel Brook Road, enter the trail again on the left. The entry is a nice steep uphill climb to a flat trail. This section of the trail is an old railroad bed, so it's pretty flat for about .75 miles. At several points you can see the Little Gunpowder on your left down in the valley. Continue on the old rail trail until it abruptly ends, then turn left. There is a nice little 2 ft. drop around the first turn. The trail continues towards Pleasantville Road, with a couple of nice uphill sections and some rooty, technical downhill sections. Once you've reached Pleasantville Road, take a left on Pleasantville and ride across the bridge over the Little Gunpowder. Be careful here! The cars headed northbound on Pleasantville have a sharp, almost blind turn to get onto the bridge. Just over the bridge, lift your bike over the guard rail and onto the trail again. You're now in the Balto county again. The first section of trail has a nice, technical downhill section to a small stream crossing. The trail on this side of the L'il Gunpowder has some swooping up and downhill sections with stream crossings at the terminus of each downhill. Some fun technical sections, too. Continue along this trail until it dumps you out onto Bottom Road again. Come out of the woods and go left on Bottom, back down towards the L'il Gunpowder. Enter the woods on the right before you cross the bridge and backtrack along the little Gunpowder towards Hardord Road. At two of the stream crossings on this leg there are side loops that follow the streams uphill, cross the stream, the follow it back downhill. One of them has a nice, small waterfall at the top. This is a multi-use trail, and during the summer sections of it can be overgrown. Sticker bushes, the unofficial MD state flower.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: Bikes allowed -Guest

A: YES, but the paths are narrow in many places. Nice generally flat ride along the river

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June 10, 2019
Ken Harris Doubletrack  
Review: This was my first time on these trails. They are about an hour away from my house. While there are a lot of trails here, and they are decent trails I found them to be about the same as the trails I already ride nearer my home. The scenery was beautiful as many of the trails dip down near the river. There's plenty of climbing including technical climbs so you can have a great time here.

Similar Trail: Hashawha, Rocky Ridge County Park


March 24, 2018
rmap01 Singletrack  
Review: This review is of the Sweet Air Trail system within the park. (NB: There are six different areas, i.e. trail systems within this park. As a result it's impossible to compare reviews from different people if you don't know which trails they rode). The Sweet Air trails include some nice singletrack and some doubletrack with some short challenging climbs (not dissimilar to Patapsco's Avalon section albeit not as long or as challenging or fun). To/from the parking lot you need to ride a decent distance through some fields to get to the singletrack. There's little in the way of rocks and some trails have decent flow but not for any meaningful distance. If you are looking to get in 5-10 miles with some decent cardio this trail system is fine. It's a shame because there is some really strong potential in this system given the elevation change on both side of the river. But IMO it's just not designed with MTB in mind.

Granny Gear

January 28, 2018
Hines57 Granny Gear  
Review: Pretty easy but still fun

Granny Gear

August 28, 2017
mrberrys3 Granny Gear  
Review: take the left side of Harford Road, the right side ends at Belair road and has some narrower rocky passes that require getting off for beginner riders. Advanced should be fine though


March 28, 2016
G-lenn Gramcounter  
Review: I've been riding loch raven for years and only recently discovered gunpowder and it is pretty good. I don't know that I'd call it beginner, however, because of all the rocky sections. Aside from that, it's fairly tame and most of it is along the river so it's pretty flat. It's fun and I'm hoping that there is more that I haven't discovered on the opposite side of the river to make it a longer ride.

Similar Trail: Flatter parts of Patapsco

Granny Gear

December 27, 2015
Rick_H Granny Gear  
Review: Had a great time today even after 4 days of on and off rain. Nice and muddy, some good single tracks and the river crossings were interesting with the water level up. Small and large climbs, good steep decents and switchbacks. Did 11 miles started out on the white trial off the parking lot on Harford Rd, ran into a road about 6 miles in and hit the yellow trail which took us back around. Trails were well marked and maintained.

Granny Gear

December 16, 2015
trekstache Granny Gear  
Review: It has something for everyone it is hills it has technical parts it has a small skills section too


December 13, 2015
Review: Nice trail not far north of Baltimore. I worked at the Harford rd parking area and initially rode the orange trail which is about a two mile loop that keeps you on the north side of the river. I then crossed to the south side and took the white trail to Jerusalem Village. It's an out and back and with a few turn arounds managed 9.6 miles. The trails can get muddy in some areas but are very fun. There is some elevation, most notably a large climb/ decent past the Belair rd crossing. There are a lot of hikers as well as horses so watch your speed.

Granny Gear

September 30, 2015
Review: The trail from rt.1 to Hartford rd has few technical spots. Nice climbs with fun downhills. All off of the main trail. From Hartford rd to bottom road is a fun flowy trail. But the trail that is off bottom rd Is by far the best. There are a lot of trails from rt1 to pleasantville rd. so do some exploring.


January 3, 2015
sensorgt14 Gramcounter  
Review: This is my go to trail, close to home. I've ridden probably a hundred miles here and I am still having fun, by myself or with others this trail is great.

The section between harford Rd and bel air rd has some very nice climbs, which means some very nice declines, but they are all off the main trail. So look and explore.

My favorite section is harford to bottom Ed. Fairly fast and lots of fun. Lots of stream crossings. Lots of little climbs.

Highly recommend this trail to anyone with a bike.

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