Garrett State Forest

Quick Facts

Garrett State Forest


(301) 334-2038

Map Directions

Things To Do


Garrett State Forest is the birthplace of forestry conservation in Maryland. The generous donation of 1,917 acres by the Garrett Brothers in 1906 serves as the foundation of the Garrett State Forest, as well as Maryland's present Public Lands system. Mountain forests, streams and valleys make up the nearly 7,000 acres of Garrett State Forest in Garrett County.

The forest is home to red oak, white oak, scarlet oak, black cherry, hickory, red maple, white pine and hemlock along the stream banks. Mountain streams trickle throughout the region, offering visitors glimpses of beaver ponds and cranberry bogs. Many wildlife species make their home in this forest. Primitive campsites, hiking, hunting, birding, biking, skiing and snowmobiling allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of their surroundings.

State Forest regulations are posted in conspicuous locations throughout the forest. Additional information and a brochure of the forest can be obtained by calling the forest headquarters.

Map of Garrett State Forest (MD)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.496232, -79.453512



  • Bicycling

    There are various biking paths throughout the State Forest

  • Camping

    * Piney Mountain: North of Oakland along Piney Mountain Road (six sites). * Snaggy Mountain: Along Snaggy Mountain Road near Swallow Falls State Park (11 sites). * Primitive Camping Along Forest Roads: One Group Site and one Shelter Site per area, along with roadside sites. Group Sites (up to 20 persons) must be reserved in advance.

  • Fishing

    The State Forest provides fishing areas. Please contact the visitor center for permit and fishing information.

  • Hiking

    There are various hiking trails in the State Park

  • Historic Sites

    The State Forest has historic sites visitors can visit.

  • Horseback Riding

    There are various designated equestrian trails to ride on.

  • Hunting

    Garrett State Forest offers wheelchair accessible hunting areas.

  • Picnicking

    There are various tables located throughout the park

  • Winter Sports

    In the winter time, visitors enjoy skiing and snowmobiling.



In Garrett County, 5 miles northwest of Oakland, off U.S. Route 219.

Phone Numbers


(301) 334-2038

Campground reservations

(301) 334-2038