What to do in Green Ridge State Forest

Green Ridge is the second largest of Maryland's State Forests consisting of a 44,000-acre oak-hickory forest. It is located in eastern Allegany County, approximately eight miles east of Flintstone off exit 64 on Interstate 68.

The forest is located in the Ridge and Valley Province of the Allegheny Mountain chain. The average annual precipitation is 36 inches, the lowest in the state. Town Hill, Green Ridge and Polish Mountains elevation varies from 475 feet at the Potomac River to 2,039 feet on Town Hill. Magnificent views of the surrounding landscape can be seen from Point Lookout, Banners, Logroll, Warrier Mountain and No Name Overlooks. Rich in history, the forest was once the site for the Carroll Furnace, originally built as part of a steam powered saw mill in the 1830s.

Camping opportunities at the state forest abound. Green Ridge offers 100 designated primitive campsites located throughout 44,000 acres and group sites located along the Potomac River and along the off-road vehicle trail. There is a permanent 12-mile mountain bike trail along with opportunities on all roads located within the forest, most of the hiking trail, and on the C&O Canal Towpath, which borders the south side of the forest. Fishing areas within the forest include the Potomac River, White Sulphur and Orchard ponds, Town Creek, 15-mile Creek and Sideling Hill Creek. Hiking is a favorite within the forest along the Green Ridge Hiking Trail, a 24-mile linear trail divided into sections that provides hikers with four separate day-hike options or overnight backpacking opportunities. An ORV trail is offered along an 18-mile loop located on East Valley and Stafford Roads. Hunting is the most popular recreational activity that occurs in the forest. For practice, hunters congregate at the 12-bench, 25-100 yard shooting range that provides a safe, legal area for target shooting. Nature Tourism is a rapidly growing attraction in Maryland. The staff works with Maryland's outdoor guides and outfitters to introduce more people to Nature Tourism experiences including canoeing, kayaking, bicycling, hunting, rock climbing, historical tours, rappelling, watchable wildlife, fishing, rafting and backpacking. To schedule a Nature Tourism adventure while visiting Green Ridge State Forest, call 301-784-8403.

The headquarters is open daily from 8 AM - 4 PM and on Fridays 8 AM - 8 PM. Their phone number is 301-478-3124. They have maps to various recreation destinations including all the campsites, fishing streams, stocked ponds and the Potomac River. They can provide details about the shooting range, the many miles of hiking paths, and the recommended pull-offs for ORV trails.

Recreations included within the state forest include primitive camping, mountain biking, pond and river fishing, hiking and backpacking, target shooting, and nature tourism.

Green Ridge State Forest is located In eastern Allegany County, about 22 miles east of Cumberland, exit 64 on Interstate 68.

Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

28700 Headquarters Dr, NE
Flintstone, MD 21530-9525

Phone: 301-478-3124

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