Bear Legacy Adventure Trail

2503 S. Tollgate Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015

The trail network consists of a 1.5-mile loop trail around the perimeter of the wooded property, as well as a network of spur trails that will lead to a Storybook Trail with painted rocks, natural sculptures, and other arts elements inspired by such classics as Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar, an outdoor yoga space, an outdoor classroom, and a small loop trail (the Pump Track) designed for youth to ride balance bikes. The trail will also include a picnic area, as well as historic signage that highlights remnants of the historic farm that used to occupy the property and tells the story of Mrs. Graham and how her inherited land came to be designated for park and cultural land. The highlight of the trail for children will be a series of movement stations, or “adventures,” which will include multiple wooden climbing structures, a swing bridge, a log “spiderweb,” rock hopscotch tiles, and a climbing wall, among others. The trail will also feature areas to excite the imaginations of children, such as a “drum sets” made of logs and stumps, and an inspiration rock garden. All of these will be constructed of natural materials and will be designed to blend in with the surrounding woods. The trail will also help adults reach their own exercise goals with fitness stations located alongside each adventure, and outdoor yoga classes. As part of the Maryland Center for the Arts, the Bear Adventure Trail will also include elements of nature art, including painted and carved stumps, and an area where children can build ephemeral sculptures and imaginative towers out of wood, rocks, and other natural materials.