Potomac State Forest

Attention State Forest Visitors

Potomac-Garrett State Forests – Road access updates - 5/22/2019

Laurel Run Road reopened to full public access:

The Potomac State Forests popular Laurel Run Road (which serves as part part of the Wallman / Laurel Run ORV Trail) ,will be re opened to full public access on Friday morning, May 24th . The lower half of the road has been closed while AT&T completed trenching and boring work while upgrading the communications cable that runs within this road / ROW.

Later this summer, additional road work will begin on the Wallman Road and the Loop Road / Snowmobile Trail in the Wallman Area. Every effort will be made to restore full access by the weekends in order to limit visitor inconvenience.

Piney Mountain Road:

At this time, the Garrett State Forests, Piney Mountain road is undergoing considerable maintenance work including culvert replacement, ditch and surface work. Sections of road will be closed to traffic during the week as work progresses along the road. We will make every effort to restore access for the weekends.

Please be mindful of the signage and barricades, as well as heavy equipment and trucks while traveling these narrow forest access roads.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to improve public access to your State Forest.

Firewood Alert

Firewood for camping must be purchased from local vendors. Please do not bring personal firewood in to the State Forest. A wide variety of forest insect pests are accidentally transported and introduced to new areas by transporting personal firewood between distinct geographic locations. Please keep our forests safe!

Map of Potomac-Garrett State Forest

Self-Guided Recreational Activities:


Man at 3-D Archery Range
  • 3-D Archery Range

    The 3-D Archery Range offers fun and challenging shots at 30 life size 3-dimensional targets. Cost is $7.00 for adults $5.00 for ages 12-16 and free for children under 11. The range is open daily from April through September, from sunrise to sunset. The range will be free for all who have a valid hunting license on September 22 in recognition of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
  • Potomac State Forest outdoor recreation opportunities and amenities include cross country skiing, camping and shelters, fishing, hiking trails, hunting, picnicking, riding trails, and snowmobiling.
  • Disabled Access symbolPotomac State Forest offers accessible hunting areas, park office and one pavilion. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.
  • Pets are allowed in all areas of the Forest. No leash is required as long as pets are under control.
  • Trail Maps:
  • Camping Areas
    Wallman/Laurel Run: South of Oakland, along Wallman and Laurel Run Roads leading to North Branch of Potomac River (16 sites).
    15 Laurel Run Rd., Oakland, MD 21550
  • Lostland Run: Near headquarters area, along Lostland Run road leading to North Branch of Potomac River (6 sites).
    1701 Potomac Camp Rd., Oakland, MD 21550
    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.
    Backpack Camping is also permitted throughout the forest. Backpackers must register at one of the five self-registration areas on the forest by filling out an envelope, enclosing the appropriate payment ($10/night) and including itinerary with names of all campers. Campers can also obtain a permit by mail. Campfires are permitted except during drought conditions. Leave No Trace guidelines apply to backpack camping as well. Camping is NOT allowed within 200 feet of any trail or stream. The day use area of the forest is free.
  • Horseback Riding
    Horseback riding is allowed on designated, developed and maintained trails and roads designed to accommodate recreational use. Horses are not allowed on the foot trail in the Lostland Run area. Horse camping is also available.

Photographs by Potomac State Forest Staff.