Potomac State Forest
1431 Potomac Camp Road
Oakland, MD 21550
Location - In southeastern
County, off MD Route 135.
The Potomac State Forest, 11,535 acres
situated between the towns of Oakland and Westernport and partially
bordering the Potomac
River, is reached from Maryland Routes 135 and
Mountain forests, streams and valleys
make up nearly 12,000 acres in Potomac State Forest. The forest drains
into the Potomac River Basin, and features the highest point in any
Maryland state forest � Backbone Mountain, elevation 3,220 feet.
Another high point in the forest is the rock outcropping near the
intersection of Maryland Route 135 and Walnut Bottom Road which
overlooks a portion of Potomac State Forest, Savage River State Forest
and Crabtree Creek.
The Potomac River has its headwaters in
this rugged mountain forest where wildlife abounds and there is
excellent trout fishing.
State Forest regulations are posted in
conspicuous locations throughout the forest. Additional information
and a brochure can be obtained by calling the forest headquarters.
3-D Archery Range The Potomac-Garrett
State Forest 3-D Archery Range will Be opening April 1, 2007 (weather
permitting). The 3-D Range offers fun and challenging shoots at 30
McKenzie targets. Cost is $5.00 a round, 11 and under shoot for free
(must be accompanied by an adult).
The range is open April 1 through October 8 from sunrise to one half
hour before sunset. The Annual Tournament will be July 29 with the
range closed on July 28 for preparation. The Hunters Special Shot will
be held September 9. Further detials of these two events will be
posted closer to the event.
Potomac State Forest outdoor recreation
opportunities and amenities include cross country skiing, camping and
shelters, fishing, hiking trails, hunting, picnicking, equestrian
trails, and snowmobiling.
Wallman/Laurel Run: South of Oakland, along Wallman and Laurel Run
Roads leading to North Branch of Potomac River (16 sites).
Lostland Run: Near headquarters area,
along Lostland Run road leading to North Branch of Potomac River (6
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
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
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