Potomac-Garrett State Forest

Scenic View of Backbone Mountain from Route-135Contact: 301-334-2038​

Garrett County

1431 Potomac Camp Road
Oakland, MD 21550

Office Hours: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Attention: Due to hazardous road conditions, Laurel Run Road will be closed to vehicular traffic until further notice.

The Potomac-Garrett State Forest, situated in southwestern Garrett County in Western Maryland, has the distinction of being the birthplace of forestry conservation in Maryland. The generous donation of 1,917 acres by the Garrett Brothers in 1906 not only serves as the foundation of the Garrett State Forest but is the root of both Maryland's present Public Lands system and Forest Service. Mountain forests, streams and valleys make up the nearly 19,000 acres of this State Forest.

Potomac-Garrett State Forest is predominantly a second growth mixed hardwood forest dominated by mixed oaks, sugar and red maples, black cherry, basswood, ash and birch. The geography of this area provides for a wide range of growing conditions from the harsh, wind and ice swept ridge tops of Backbone Mountain to the deep rich slopes above the North Branch of the Potomac River. Much of the State Forest lands contain excellent quality hardwoods.

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