Self-Guided Opportunities
Mountain Biking
Location Gunpowder Falls State Park, Sweet Air Area, Harford County, 410-592-2897
Access Parking is at the end of Dalton-Bevard Road within the park. To reach this road, take Mountain Road (152 north) to Route 165. Turn left heading south on 165 (Baldwin Mill Road). Turn right onto Greene Road, right onto Moores Road, and left onto Dalton Bevard Road. Numerous trails leave from this parking area, making return loops.
Distance 11.6 miles of trail; shorter loops available
Time 3 hours
Trail Well-defined and marked trails are moderately hilly. Some areas are rocky. Some single-track and some double-track trails.
Skill Moderately difficult
Suitable For Families? Yes, with older children
Hazards/Restrictions No motorized vehicles. Trail can be muddy, especially in spring. The Little Gunpowder Falls is too deep to cross on a bike. This area is also popular with equestrians. Yield the right of way.
Potable Water Carry in your own water.
Natural Features Wooded areas and open fields in upland habitat;
River gorge along the Little Gunpowder Falls;
A pine plantation;
Herds of deer
Historic/Cultural Features Barley Pond is a man-made farm pond.
Guiding None
Camping None
Other Points of Interest Barley Pond is a nice spot for young children to fish for sunnies.
Other Accommodations None
Service Charges or Permits None
Description A network of trails provides an interesting ride through varied terrain, offering many trails options and levels of difficulty. Trails cross farm fields, pine plantations, woodlands and riverbank slopes, visiting old farm pond sites. Trails are steeper as they approach the Little Gunpowder Falls. The rolling countryside is typical of Harford County. Many deer can be seen.

Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Bike helmets required for riders under 16, and recommended for all riders
  • Leave a trip plan with a family member
  • Tire repair kit or tube
  • Bike pump
  • Bring water, snacks, insect repellant and sunscreen
  • Check for ticks upon returning