Potomac-Garrett State Forest

View of Potomac River from the Overlook Trail

Recreation - Trails

Trail guides featuring a topographic map and trail descriptions can be purchased at the forest headquarters or online. Purchase copies of the Potomac State Forest Trail Guide with a credit card online at https://www.shopdnr.com/potomacstateforest.aspx. Purchase copies of the Snaggy Mountain Trail Guide with a credit card online at https://www.shopdnr.com/herringtonmanorstatepark.aspx​. There may be stream or road crossings or standing water on these trails. Visitors are encouraged to wear blaze orange during the hunting seasons. Remember, you are responsible for having the necessary skills, knowledge, and equipment for a safe and environmentally friendly visit.​​

Hiking and Biking Trails​

Potomac-Garrett State Forest has over 80 miles of trails open to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders of any ability. Not all trails are open to all recreational pursuits and it is recommended that before engaging in any activity, patrons should visit or contact the state forest headquarters to become aware of any trail restrictions. A backpacking permit ($10/night) must be obtained at the forest headquarters or at any of the self-registration areas.

Kindness Demonstration Area Self-guided Hike​

The Kindness Demonstration Area features a 1.25-mile self-guided hiking trail through 387 acres of forestland with signs explaining forest management and wildlife improvement practices.​​​​​​

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 trails in the Wilderness Ranch area, the Watchable Wildlife area and the Lostland Run area.

Off Road Vehicles

A variety of off-road vehicle types are permitted only on trail sections that are blazed green. These areas include Snaggy Mountain Road, Burkholder Road and Wallman Road. Riders should consult ORV maps and regulations for each state forest. Trails for off-road vehicles, (ORV’s and snowmobiles) are available in both Potomac and Garrett State Forests. Off-road vehicles must be registered annually with the Department of Natural Resources and display a registration sticker. Permits are available online at the Department of Natural Resources COMPASS portal or from any DNR Regional Service Center. Trail maps are available at the State Forest office or by clicking the links below.

The ORV trails on Potomac-Garrett State Forest are as follows:


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