Self-Guided Opportunities
Mountain Biking
Location Gunpowder Falls State Park, Lost Pond Trail,410-592-2897
Access Parking area and trailhead are where Route 1 (Bel Air Road) crosses the Big Gunpowder Falls, about 5.4 miles north of I-695 (the Beltway). Follow the blue blazed trail heading southeast from the parking lot.
Distance 3.1 miles
Time 1 hour
Trail Trail is a single-track dirt surface; varied terrain. It follows the floodplain (level) then climbs some hills to loop back for its return. Involves stream crossings and traversing stone steps.
Skill Intermediate
Suitable For Families? Yes, with older children
Hazards/Restrictions No motorized vehicles in wildlands. Check the crossing over Broad Run before attempting. Water levels vary.
Potable Water Carry in your own water.
Natural Features Piedmont river valley gorge along the Big Gunpowder Falls
Beech hardwood forest
Trail crosses Broad Run, a large, scenic tributary.
A rapids section along the river is nicknamed "Pot Rocks," due to deep potholes created in the river bedrock from water action and erosion.
Historic/Cultural Features A nearby trail passes the site of the Carroll Sawmill ruins and mill race c. 1833. The Lost Pond Trail visits an abandoned mill pond. The trail passes Long Calm, a fort on the Big Gunpowder Falls used before 1692. In 1754 a ferry was used to cross the river at this spot. Lafayette with his troops camped at Long Calm while passing through during the American Revolution.
Guiding None
Camping Organized youth group primitive camping nearby at Camp Cone. Call the park office to reserve, 410-592-2897.
Other Points of Interest None
Other Accommodations Hotels and motels in White Marsh off Route 43.
Service Charges or Permits Youth group camping fees only.
Description The ride begins from the south end of the parking lot. The blue blazed trail follows the floodplain for approximately two miles, then climbs some hills to upland forest to reach the Lost Pond.
The trail returns via a loop to the main trail. The dirt single-track trail parallels the gorge of the Big Gunpowder Falls, providing views of great blue heron and beaver habitat. Look for the rapids area called "pot rocks" where pot holes were created in the bedrock from water action.

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