After a long summer of rail trails of questionable quality, this was a top-notch experience. This trail truly demonstrates that the state of Maryland wants to encourage outdoor activity, and is willing to put up the coin to maintain a favorable environment.
The trail is composed of white, sandy gravel dust packed quite firmly, so it is as smooth as concrete. Frequent maintenance is evident, not only by the lack of potholes and obstructions but also by the long stretches of obviously new surface. The trail is maintained as part of the Gunpowder Falls State Park.
Nice and level, passing lovely scenery and very nicely-maintained homes, horse farms and pasture lands, my only complaint was the crowd. We had to visit 3 parking areas at the extreme southern end of the trail before we found one with a vacant spot, but this is to be expected: it was, after all, the first decent Saturday in 2 months. The trail is wide enough to accommodate the mass of people, and people are generally aware of rights of way and yield rules- thank God the horse riders weren''t out!
I''ll definitely be back, because I want to finish the rest of the trail in Maryland and also continue the other 20 miles after it crosses the state line into Pennsylvania.