Gunpowder Falls Sweet Air Rd - Trail, Jacksonville, Maryland

Gunpowder Falls Sweet Air Rd - Trail, Jacksonville, Maryland

DESCRIPTION

A fun mix of singletrack & fireroad. Singetrack is somewhat technical, because it was created more by hikers & equestrians than bikers. Bikers are allowed, however, so don't piss anyone off by flying by some old lady on a horse. What's really fun is you can cross the Gunpowder several times on the trails, and take a cool swim if you want. Overall, a sweet place to ride, especially since Loch Raven is becoming more restricted. There is a convenient map located right at the parking lot: study it for a few moments, it will make your ride much more enjoyable. Lots of steep descents and logs to make things interesting. I'm not sure, but I think it's actually possible to bike the entire Gunpowder Falls State Park, but I have not confirmed this by actually trying. Anyone out there know if it is possible? (it would be a real long ride).

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 04, 2010]
Seanrides
Weekend Warrior

I just rode this trail for the first time today looking for another alternative to Loch Raven since the city is making it painful to ride the best trails around. I started at the lot and headed out on the North side of the Blue Loop ( perimiter trail) after some fields it headed in to the woods to what appeared to be some nice trails, unfortunatly they were mostly loose rocks from the horse ( not knocking them) once i got down to the river being that it was 25 degrees out I choose not to cross and followed the white trail.....pretty nice. All in all this seems like a fun place for a quick ride once you know the trails, but they should take lessons from the riders that ride out Loch Raven and occasionaly maintain the heavily horse riden trails..... btw it is a beautiful area and did not see even a spec of trash so it shows that the people that use this area care

Customer Service

North side of the Blue trail to the white trail....still more to explore

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3
VALUE
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3
[May 17, 2010]
tcapri87
Racer

Rode the trail yesterday and was quite dissappointed by the trails down by the Gunpowder River. Most spots are absolutely ruined by the horses. Mud pits are so big, they will stay muddy for quite a while and a very deep. The river crossings are fun considering it gets about 2 feet deep. But on the edges of the crossing are more horse track mud pits. The trails going away from the river are pretty fun. Not very technical, but several short, steep hills. I would recommend this trail for someone in the area who rides the area a lot just to try something new. If coming down to visit, go to better maintained trails such as Loch Raven, Patapsco, or Fair Hill.

Customer Service

Stay on the Perimeter of the park and get a good 9.5 mile loop out of it.

Similar Products Used:

LochRaven, Patapsco

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 31, 2009]
daydestroysthenight
Weekend Warrior

Trail is well marked and well maintained..the only problem is on the weekends (mostly) the horses are out. So the chances are good that you have to dodge a large pile of dung. and some dirty looks from the horse people...not sure but that last time I checked...public park...yep...public park.

nice place to cool off in the summer too...(someone else mentioned that).

Also a nice place to take the dogs...I usually move the large fallen trees while walking them...hey gotta make the trail a little easy...

Customer Service

yellow to blue cross the gunpowder and ride the other side.

Similar Products Used:

gunpowder

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3
VALUE
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3
[May 26, 2007]
dollabills
Weekend Warrior

I agree with most of what others have said. This is a great series of trail. They are well marked and serve for a good challenge. Be careful if you go after a good rain or when the river is running high because it can get muddy. The trails are well maintained although in some cases they could be more bike friendly - made mostly for hikers and equestrian. Somewhat technical with good climbs and descents, especially when you get closer to the river. I took the blue trail (starting across the road) to the white and yellow... great ride. I will have to go back, just wish it was closer to Baltimore - took me 25 minutes to get there from Harford Rd and 695.

Customer Service

Harford Rd North to a left on Fork Rd.
Fork Rd. becomes Baldwin Mill Rd.
Left onto Greene Rd.
Right onto Moores Rd.
Right onto Dalton Bevard (dirt road) - if you get to Hess Rd. you went too far.

Similar Products Used:

All of Loch Raven, Lower Gunpowder Falls (Perry Hall), Fair Hill

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 28, 2004]
Ledzep4
Weekend Warrior

I went this past weekend and it was pretty nice. Follow the driving directions given by others, but it's a right on Moore's Road not left. This place is pretty muddy so bring a spare set of clothes. I was there for about 3 hours riding the yellow, blue and red trails. The red trail has some good ascents. Overall, the mud made these trails difficult. Make sure you don't get lost because each colored trail isn't continuous. Each of these trails about 3-4 miles long. The white trail is less than 7 miles. All the trails criss cross each other. Just read the trail signs posted throughout the park to keep your bearing.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 18, 2000]
Tom Hornick

I use these trails as a barometer of my bike conditioning. These trails feature rolling terrain and provide a nice balanced ride (no big down or up hills to encounter). One especially nice reason to ride these trails is that they are technically challenging. Lots of roots, rocks, logs, and other debris to master. I find that the yellow trail is great for a quick 40 (maybe 4.5 miles) minute ride that really utilizes all my mountain biking skills. I ride this more often early in the season to condition myself for longer rides. It is a great place to ride in the evening after work, however take insect repeliant. I have ridden this at night, but there is a caretaker who will kick you off if you are there after dusk. Recommendation for night riding: Don't park in the main parking area, park in the neighborhood just outside the entrance and ride in. Enjoy!

Customer Service

Follow the fire road access south (to the left) from the parking area. Turn left at the pine trees just before the corn field (dirt path clearly visible). Take this trail about 1/4 mile and to trails branch off from here (yellow (go to the left) or white (to the right)). It doesn't really matter, since all trails seem to criss-cross throughout the ride.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 04, 2001]
Ron Frick

This is a great trail to ride. It has a variety of trails. Some very technical single track to paths along cornfields and everything in between. It is not a crowded trail. You will probably come across a horseback rider during your ride.
I am a beginner at mountain biking and enjoyed the trail. We came across a couple advanced bikers that visit the trail regularly. Overall this is a great place to ride. I will definitely be going back on a regular basis

Customer Service

Start your ride at the far left end at the rear of the parking lot. Before you ride, take some time and study the map posted in the parking lot. Its a very easy map to read and very detailed. I suggest riding the white trail. It is a very technical single track with plenty of logs to jump. The trails are clearly marked at intersections.

Similar Products Used:

Loch Raven seminary road

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 15, 2002]
Grumpy

This little sucker has a little bit of everything.
Logs, rocks, quick descents, short climbs.
There is a really cool single track section in the pine forest off the main loop.
Watch out for Mr. Ed

Customer Service

Take time and explore.

Similar Products Used:

Avalon, McKeldin, Gunpowder( Perry Hall)

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 30, 2002]
Dave Matlin

Awesome trails, very well marked and maintained. Good trail map on bulletin board at parking area. Mostly very technical singletrack going through woods, along Little Gunpowder Falls, and through farms. There arent any real long climbs or downhills, unlike Loch Raven. If you are a beginner, stick to the inner trails, because the white and blue trails are harder. If you frequent Loch Raven, you should come to Sweet Air a few times just to mix it up. Anyone who wants to go on a ride sometime, email me at bmxer177@juno.com Have fun guys!

Customer Service

White loop starts at corner of parking area, near fence. Endless possibilities from there, but if you stay on white trail it eventually hits the blue trail which takes you back to the lot.

Similar Products Used:

Entire Loch Raven trail system, Gunpowder River off Belair Road in Kingsville

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5
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