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Maps, guides, and backcountry permits are available at the forest headquarters off I-68, exit 62.

The Green Ridge hiking trail is a 24-mile linear trail divided into sections that provides hikers with four separate day-hike options or overnight backpacking opportunities. A color coded map corresponds with the four sections of the trail. The entire trail is blazed with white paint. For backpackers, four Adirondack shelters have been placed along the trail at approximately eight-mile intervals.

The North Spur Loop is a 4.8-mile hike through a mixed forest offering sights of several habitats carefully maintained by park staff. Easy creek crossing and wildlife viewing add interest to the white-blazed woodland path.

Fifteen Mile Creek is a 5.4-mile white-blazed hike with an elevation gain of approximately 400 feet. Creek crossings, wildlife viewing, enjoying panoramas, and even fly fishing are possible along this section of trail.

Hikers should be aware that hunting is permitted on the state forest November through February. Maps, guides and backcountry permits are available at the forest headquarters. Call 301-478-3124 for details.

Directions: From Hancock, MD, Fifteen Mile Creek: Travel Interstate 68 west approximately 15 - 20 miles to exit 64. A brown sign points you in the direction of the headquarters. The white-blazed trail begins adjacent to the restroom facilities.

Elevation: 1,000 feet

Elevation Gain: 400 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

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Green Ridge State Forest, Maryland

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