Potomac-Garrett State Forest

Attention State Forest Visitors

Update August 22, 2016: Potomac - Garrett State Forests - Lostland Run Road now open.

New culvert and road surface on Lostland Run Road.As of Monday, August 22, 2016, Lostland Run Area has been re-opened. Contractors have completed the much needed road improvements to this popular area of the Potomac State Forest in Garrett County. This extensive work included grading and resurfacing this severely eroded road bed, as well replacement of some 25 failing culvert pipes and associated inlets and outlets.

For visitor safety as well as the safety of the contractors, the road has been closed to public access since April 12, 2016. Work is now completed and the road is once again open allowing sportsmen and women access to the campsites and hiking trails, as well as providing fishing access to both the Potomac River and Lostland Run.

As the wash-outs and potholes are no longer in place to slow you down, please be mindful of your speed while traveling on this steep and narrow forest access road. 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!

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.