10 miles
509 ft
-354 ft
189 ft
High Point

Big Gunpowder Details

  • Riding Area
    Big Gunpowder
    Fallston, Maryland
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Rock Garden, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager

Cross country single track trail following Big Gunpowder Falls from U.S. Route 40 (Pulaski Hwy) to Glenarm Road

Access Info

Trail can be primarily accessed from Pulaski Hwy, Philadelphia Road, Belair Road, Harford Road and Glenarm Road. BGP Trail also has numerous trail connections from adjacent neighborhoods.


Section upstream of Harford Road requires hike-a-bike along narrow path between fence and river but is rideable afterwards

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Big Gunpowder bike trail
  • Altitude change
    155 ft
  • Altitude min
    6 ft
  • Altitude start
    8 ft
  • Altitude end
    163 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    5,163 ft
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on Feb 8, 2017
Freeze/thaw Cycle
Avg: 1 (1 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to big-gunpowder trailhead (39.409125, -76.389785)
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Big Gunpowder Trail Reports

Feb 8, 2017 @ 5:58pm
Feb 8, 2017
Many trees down especially from route 1 riding north. Leaves are a foot deep in places. Has potential but needs work. Avoid for now.
Feb 8, 2017 @ 5:58pm
Feb 8, 2017
Downed trees. Nice rock garden a mile or so upriver from route 1. Needs maintenance.
Nov 13, 2016 @ 8:38am
Nov 13, 2016
Trees are down throughout the trail. Rides more like a hiking trail that is called a mountain bike trail. Forced to pick up your bike over downed...
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 0
flag SpartanX (Nov 17, 2017 at 12:25)
 We tried accessing this trail from Philadelphia Road with a mountain bike, don’t even bother; to much walking and carrying the bike over poorly maintained trails. We then came back around on got on the trail from Belair Rd going towards Harford Rd, again no fun. We turned around again and gave up on the trail 1.2 miles in.

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