Potomac Camp Road
Oakland, MD 21550
County, 5 miles northwest of Oakland, off U.S. Route 219
Garrett State Forest is the birthplace
of forestry conservation in Maryland. The generous donation of 1,917
acres by the Garrett Brothers in 1906 serves as the foundation of the
Garrett State Forest, as well as Maryland's present Public Lands
system. Mountain forests, streams and valleys make up the nearly 7,000
acres of Garrett State Forest in Garrett County.
The forest is home to red oak, white
oak, scarlet oak, black cherry, hickory, red maple, white pine and
hemlock along the stream banks. Mountain streams trickle throughout
the region, offering visitors glimpses of beaver ponds and cranberry
bogs. Many wildlife species make their home in this forest. Primitive
campsites, hiking, hunting, birding, biking, skiing and snowmobiling
allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of their surroundings.
State Forest regulations are posted in
conspicuous locations throughout the forest. Additional information
and a brochure of the forest can be obtained by calling the forest
- Cross country skiing, campsites,
fishing, hiking trails, historic interest, hunting, riding trails
- CAMPING AREAS
- Piney Mountain: North of Oakland
along Piney Mountain Road (6 sites).
- Snaggy Mountain: Along Snaggy
Mountain Road near Swallow Falls State Park (11 sites).
- Primitive Camping Along Forest
Roads: One Group Site and one Shelter Site per area, along
with roadside sites. Group Sites (up to 20 persons) must be
reserved in advance for $20 per night. Shelter Sites are $15
per night and all other sites are "first come, first
served" for $10 per night. Self-registration at camping
area. Call Forest office for reservations at 301-334-2038.
- Pets are allowed in all areas of the
Forest. No leash is required as long as pets are under control.
- Trails for off-road vehicles, or
ORV's, are available in Garrett, Potomac, Green Ridge, Savage
River and Pocomoke State Forests. Off-road vehicles must be
registered annually with DNR and display a registration sticker.
Registration stickers are available from any DNR regional service
center, and stickers and trail maps are available at the five
state forests where ORV use is permitted.
- Garrett State Forest offers
accessible hunting areas. For additional accessible amenities in
Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All
section of this website.
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