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Gunpowder Falls Sweet Air Rd

Average Rating:    (3.78 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

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).
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Latitude
39.5321476244929
Longitude
-76.5084457397461
Trail Directions
Take Sweet Air Rd to Green Rd; make a left onto Green. Make left onto Moore's Rd. Gunpowder is on your left about a half mile on a small side street.
Trail Length
8-10 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Jacksonville
   


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Review Date
December 4, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Seanrides ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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

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



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Review Date
May 17, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: tcapri87 ,  Racer

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
LochRaven, Patapsco



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Review Date
January 31, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: daydestroysthenight ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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...

Recommended Route:
yellow to blue cross the gunpowder and ride the other side.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
gunpowder



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Review Date
May 26, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dollabills ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All of Loch Raven, Lower Gunpowder Falls (Perry Hall), Fair Hill



Comments
dollabills (05/27/2007)
Left onto Dalton Bevard... sorry
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Review Date
July 28, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Ledzep4 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.



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