Getting to this trail is an adventure by itself. One you've made it to Snaggy Mountain Road and the parking lot with the green trail blaze, park your vehicle and walk out onto the dirt / gravel road. Your elevation at this point is about 2,500 feet above sea level. You'll make a number of ups and downs, but only varying about 750 feet. Proceed south past a low-lying area dotted with several common wildflowers. You'll notice from the onset that service roads occasionally enter this route. Hike past the Forest's designated campsites, identified by tables and fire rings. From here, you'll make several ascents and descents along the trail, bypassing beaver habitat. At 1.7 miles, you'll come to the trail's reservable overnight shelter. Turn right and hike two-miles "in" to view the huge Bicentennial Tree, largest red oak in the state. Retrace your steps back to Snaggy Mountain Road. Cross the road to view work from a group of ambitious youngsters known as the Youth Conservation Corps, just one of President George H. W. Bush's "1000 points of light." Bear right on the green-blazed path, found right of the shelter. At 3.3 miles, you'll hike around a low ridge; continue left as a trail enters from the right. Cross Herrington Creek at 3.7 miles. In a short distance, you'll come to a junction with Swallow Falls - Herrington Manor Trail (white blazes). Bear left to cross over Herrington Manor Road. From here, the trail splits. Continue on the white-blazed trail leading into an evergreen forest and emerging onto an old service road. Proceed over several small wooden bridges, eventually crossing over the green-blazed trail at 4.6 miles. Two more bridges are crossed, the fifth at 5.8 miles, at which point the white-blazed trail continues straight and the trail you are to take, the green-blazed trail, makes an incline to the left. At 6.1 miles, cross Swallow Falls Road reaching Cranesville Road at 6.4 miles. You'll leave the deciduous forest behind entering into the towering hemlock region at 6.9 miles. Several more ascents and descents are encountered before you reach your vehicle at 7.5 miles.
Directions: From Cumberland, MD, Travel 40 miles west along Interstate 68. Take MD State Route 42 south for 8 miles, merging with US Highway 219. Continue on US 219 for 7.4 miles traveling through Deep Creek Lake business district / Thayersville. Travel about 1 mile turning right onto Mayhew Inn Road. Travel about 4 miles to where to the road merges with Oakland-Sang Run Road. Bear left and proceed a mere 0.3 mile to Herrington Manor / Swallow Falls Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Cranesville Road. Make a hairpin right onto Cranesville Road and travel 1 mile making a sharp left onto Snaggy Mountain Road. This is a dirt road with several parking areas. From the intersection of Cranesville and Snaggy Mt., go about a half-mile to the lot that has a green trail marker.
Elevation: 2,500 feet
Elevation Gain: 750 feet
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